Lawrence Bender has become one of the biggest names in Hollywood. Rising to fame during the 1990s, he’s produced dozens of blockbuster movies and TV shows. However, one of his best works, in my opinion, is “Good Will Hunting.”
“Good Will Hunting” tells the story of the self-taught math prodigy Will Hunting who performs custodial work for the local university. Hunting is able to solve complex math equations that leave students and professionals alike stumped. Without revealing any major spoilers, Hunting gets into trouble with the law and is offered a deal by his professor. The professor tells Hunting that he’ll get leniency if he agrees to go therapy.
“Good Will Hunting” excels in its ability to meld a variety of emotions into a single film. It’s funny, inspiring and heartwarming all at once. Furthermore, it touches on some really polarizing views, creating a visceral reaction with viewers.
To put the popularity of “Good Will Hunting” into perspective, it was ranked 53 on The Hollywood Reporter’s list of top 100 films. It was also nominated for nine Academy Awards, two of which it won: Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor.
“Good Will Hunting” hit theaters in December 1997, but Lawrence Bender was already a highly skilled movie producer by that time. After growing up in the Bronx, he enrolled in the University of Maine (UMaine) where he earned a degree in civil engineering. In 1985, Lawrence Bender changed direction and began pursuing a career as a movie producer. It wasn’t long before he had secured a job working as the producer for “Tales from the Darkside.” This was a pivotal moment for the young producer as it introduced him to the industry and paved the way for his future success in Hollywood.
“Good Will Hunting” has a star-studded cast consisting of Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Mini Driver. Being the film’s producer, Lawrence Bender was responsible for recruiting the cast. If it weren’t for his expertise, perhaps “Good Will Hunting” wouldn’t have been made.