Lawrence Bender – Prolific Television and Film Producer
Lawrence Bender has produced some of America’s most iconic Oscar award winning films. He is partially responsible for films such as Good Will Hunting, Kill Bill, and Reservoir Dogs. Lawrence Bender has produced many of Tarantino’s greatest films, but he has also been successful elsewhere.
The release of Good Will Hunting marked a career highlight for Lawrence Bender. The film released in 1997, and it is still quoted heavily today. The film also marked the debut of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck as writers. They wrote the film, originally portrayed Will Hunting as a physics genius, but the decision to make him a math genius was obviously the better decision.
The film follows Will Hunting, played by Matt Damon, a janitor at MIT. Unbeknownst the the staff at the university, Will has a very good understanding of complex math. He solves a problem one of the professors leaves in the hallway, creating intrigue in the school pertaining to who solved the problem.
The movie also follows Will throughout the rest of his life. Will is seen in bars, struggling with love, and spending time with his friend, played by Ben Affleck. Will is also a patient to a therapist played by Robin Williams. The dialogue between Damon and Williams make for some of the greatest moments in movie history.
Lawrence Bender has owned two production companies during his career: A Band A Part and Lawrence Bender productions. A Band A Part was created jointly with Tarantino and handled many of their films up until 2006. Lawrence Bender productions was created after Tarantino and Bender parted ways.
Bender doesn’t limit his production skills to the big screen; he has also produced for over a dozen television shows and specials. He took the popular novel Earthsea and turned it into a miniseries for SyFi. He is also listed as executive producer of recent Netflix original, Seven Seconds.