Matt Damon?s roles are giving us deja vu

By Carmela Ciuraru
September 25, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

Is Rounders giving you deja vu all over again? Matt Damon may have traded math for poker, but there are a lot of similarities to his previous hit. Here’s the deal.

DAMON PLAYS A

[Good Will Hunting] Math genius and college janitor
[Rounders] Poker genius and law student

HIS BEST BUDDY IS

[Good Will Hunting] Lovable loser Chuckie (Ben Affleck)
[Rounders] Lovable loser Worm (Edward Norton)

HE USES TECHNICAL TERMS LIKE

[Good Will Hunting] Integers, Ramses graph binary tree
[Rounders] Semi-bluff, fold, mitt joint, rag

HE GETS THE BETTER OF

[Good Will Hunting] A barful of haughty college students
[Rounders] A tableful of haughty poker players

HIS NEGLECTED GIRLFRIEND SAYS

[Good Will Hunting] ”I really was waiting for you to call me” — Skylar (Minnie Driver)
[Rounders] ”Call me…if you ever need a lawyer” — Jo (Gretchen Mol)

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