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Is Ben Affleck playing a cross-dresser in a movie co-starring and directed by Matt Damon? That's the claim in one of this week's tabloids. Gossip Cop can set the record straight.

An article in the latest issue of the National Enquirer, which was later posted by RadarOnline, says Affleck is hoping to save his career by starring in a "gender-bending comedy" alongside his longtime pal. The magazine claims that Damon came up with the idea for the two to star in a movie similar to Some Like it Hot, the 1959 comedy in which two male musicians disguise themselves as women to hide from the mob.

An alleged insider tells the outlet that "their characters are brothers" in need of money, so they "cook up a plan for Ben to drag it up and infiltrate a club of wealthy women. He'll ultimately rip them off - with Matt's character coaching him through the process." The supposed source adds, "Matt's hoping this movie will get Ben - and his life - back on track."

The tabloid's story is a complete work of fiction. Despite what the magazine's anonymous and untraceable "insider" claims, Gossip Cop is told on the record by Affleck's rep that it's complete nonsense. We're assured there's no such movie in the works.

The longtime friends will in fact be collaborating on an upcoming film, but it's certainly not a cross-dressing comedy. In reality, Affleck will be directing Damon in a true-crime movie about an ex-cop who rigs the McDonald's Monopoly game. News of that project was confirmed by all of the major Hollywood trade publications, but not one of those outlets has reported anything about the actors teaming up for a Some Like it Hot-style comedy.

The idea that Affleck's career is in need of saving isn't accurate either. The actor recently wrapped shooting the thrillers Triple Frontier and The Last Thing He Wanted, both of which were helmed by Oscar-nominated directors. He's currently filming the addiction drama Torrance and has a number of other movies in development.

It's also worth noting, both the Enquirer and RadarOnline have published a number of contradictory stories about Damon cutting ties with Affleck. Gossip Cop busted the magazine in April for falsely claiming that Damon had replaced Affleck with Chris Hemsworth as his new best friend. And just a few weeks ago, the blog alleged that Damon was "distancing himself" from Affleck following the actor's latest stint in rehab. Neither of those reports were true either, but it proves that the tabloid and its sister outlet can't keep track of their phony narratives.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.

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