Affleck reminded Kimmel that Damon, his longtime friend, was in charge.
“I get that you have your feuds and all, but Matt is my friend.” Affleck told Kimmel. “Honestly, it would be very important to me if you could ask him just one question about the movie. I can contact him by phone.”
Kimmel agreed to the favor when Damon showed up behind him via video conference.
“I’m at the show!” exulted Damon, who was shot down from recent scheduled performances. “Increase style!”
True to his word, Kimmel asked Damon a heartfelt question about how he approaches portraying a real person as opposed to a fictional character. Damon, taken aback by Kimmel’s sincerity, began to answer.
That’s when the video call started to cut off.
As the charade continued, Kimmel pasted video filters onto Damon’s face, including a mohawk and a lion’s mane. When Kimmel’s special effects made him look like a hot dog, Damon called on his Oscar-winning talent to appear genuinely furious.
“Why don’t you take your ‘real’ question and your little show and shove it up your big hairy ass,” Damon called out to Kimmel as the call went off.
The Tuesday segment was part old beat Kimmel conceived in the mid-2000s. Kimmel told NPR in 2013 that one night he had such a bad show that he decided to joke: “I want to apologize to Matt Damon. We’ve run out of time.”
Kimmel added that Damon was just “the first name that came to my mind” and now “people laugh every time” he says the name.
“By repeating the same joke every night, you’d think people would get fed up with it eventually,” Kimmel told NPR, “but that’s not the case.”