I’ve come around on Ben Affleck. He used to drive me nuts, but after a few good performances and turns in the director’s chair, he’s certainly gone up in my estimation. Now, thanks to this story in the New York Times about the filming of the new movie “Gone Girl,” he’s risen even higher:
During a scene set at a New York airport, Mr. Affleck’s character, Nick Dunne, tries to evade recognition by donning a baseball hat. Mr. Fincher, Mr. Affleck said, wanted the character to wear a Yankees cap, because he believed that worked best for the movie.
But Mr. Affleck, a diehard Red Sox fan, would have none of it.
“I said, ‘David, I love you, I would do anything for you,'” Mr. Affleck recalled. “‘But I will not wear a Yankees hat. I just can’t. I can’t wear it because it’s going to become a thing, David. I will never hear the end of it. I can’t do it.’ And I couldn’t put it on my head.”
It’d probably be better if, instead of the fear that he’d be given crap for it, he said “David, I can’t do it because the Yankees FACKIN’ SUCK!” But this is pretty good too.
Now: don’t mess up “Batman,” dude.