Matt Damon can't work with Ben Affleck again until his friend stops keeping the "best roles" for himself.

The two stars shot to fame with their 1997 movie Good Will Hunting, and while they are keen to write another script together, the Jason Bourne actor admits their "grown-up lives" get in the way.

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And with Ben now working more as a director, Matt would also happily star in one of his films - but only if his pal stayed behind the camera.

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He said: "I would love to write another script with Ben; I love Ben, I love his work, he's been my buddy for 35 years. The big issue is time for us. We have a company together so we work on a lot of projects together, but to try to carve out the time is really tough.

"I mean, we both have a whole mess of kids now, and these other day jobs. He's directing all the time and I'm off working with these other directors.

Ben Affleck in the film Good Will Hunting. Photo / Supplied
Ben Affleck in the film Good Will Hunting. Photo / Supplied

"The thing about

Good Will Hunting

is that we were unemployed and we weren't writing the script on a deadline either. Nobody was expecting it, so we were just these two idiots in our basement writing this thing, and now we have all of these pressures of the lives grown-ups have.

"So I would never say never because I would absolutely love to write with Ben again, and I'd love to collaborate with him on anything, he's brilliant. I'd love to be in one of his movies that he directs.

"The problem there is that he just keeps giving himself the best roles, so until he stops doing that and maybe just directs, none of us can really work with him."