Lawrence Bender’s Life Before Good Will Hunting

Lawrence Bender is arguably one of the greatest film producers of our time. He has created such wonderful works like Inglorious Basterds, Pulp Fiction, and Good Will Hunting. However, he was never really into the arts growing up. Compared to other film producers, he discovered his love for it relatively late.

Lawrence Bender was born in The Bronx, New York City, New York to a Jewish family. As he proceeded through the school system, it was his goal to become a civil engineer. He knew that there were great jobs in that field and he also wanted to pursue it because his grandfather was a civil engineer. After graduating from high school, Lawrence Bender enrolled at the University of Maine to pursue a degree in civil engineering. He did just that, graduating in 1979.

Lawrence Bender had his first taste of the arts while he was in college. He really started to get into dancing. His new goal was to become a professional dancer. Unfortunately, a very bad injury permanently sidelined him from his dream. This is when Bender transitioned over into the film industry.

Like I said earlier, Bender has created wonderful works but my favorite would have to go to Good Will Hunting. In the film, Will Hunting grows up in an abusive orphanage with only his brothers there to support him. This created a lot of resentment and anger in Will at a very young age. This abuse was both emotional and physical.

As Will got older, he picked up a job as a janitor at MIT. He worked the late shift. One night while cleaning the hallway, he solved a very difficult problem that surprised both the faculty and students alike. He was later tracked down by the professor, Sean Maguire. Maguire acted as the mentor and father figure that Will never had. He guided him through some of life’s toughest challenges, helping him get over his past and better his relationship with his girlfriend, Skylar. All in all, I love this movie because of the challenges Will has to constantly overcome. It is a great movie from a great film producer.