Ben Affleck: Having “No Control” Over My “Negative” Press Helped Gone Girl Role
Ben Affleck reveals his own public scrutiny helped in his portrayal of Nick Dunne — a man suspected of foul play following his wife’s disappearance — in the highly anticipated film adaptation of Gone Girl.
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The Oscar winner talks about his role in the new Entertainment Weekly, on the cover of which he and co-star Rosamund Pike pose as their characters’ Nick and Amy Dunne in an eery wedding photo.
“It wasn’t something I had to do a lot of research for,” Affleck tells the magazine of his role. “I knew what it was like to have the tabloid world paying attention to me and ascribing negative motivations to whatever I might be engaging in. I knew what it was to be cast in a soap opera I had no control over.”
The film’s director David Fincher notes Affleck truly knows “what it’s like to be hunted.”
“We knew we needed somebody who was charming and could be seductive, who could be a ladies man, a guy’s guy, a frat boy,” explains Fincher. “But most important, [someone] who had the wits and experience of knowing that situation.”
The director adds, “The gift of having Ben Affleck is that this is a guy who knows. He knows what a lose-lose situation is and understands what’s funny about it, however sad.”
Do you think Affleck was the right choice to play Nick Dunne?
Check out the Entertainment Weekly cover below!