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David Fincher Says Ben Affleck Was Right For 'Gone Girl' Because He Knows "What It’s Like To Be Hunted"

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist August 14, 2014 at 10:20AM

This fall, Ben Affleck will be thrust back into the spotlight, but his prominence will have nothing to do with his humanitarian work or his role as Batman. He's the lead in David Fincher's "Gone Girl," but the director says that Affleck's experience in the limelight made him the perfect choice for a movie about a man suspected of having a role in the disappearance of his wife who subsequently faces intense media scrutiny.
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This fall, Ben Affleck will be thrust back into the spotlight, but his prominence will have nothing to do with his humanitarian work or his role as Batman. He's the lead in David Fincher's "Gone Girl," but the director says that Affleck's experience in the limelight made him the perfect choice for a movie about a man suspected of having a role in the disappearance of his wife who subsequently faces intense media scrutiny.

He knows “what it’s like to be hunted," the director tells EW. “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. But most important, [someone] who had the wits and experience of knowing that situation. 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.”

Affleck concurs, telling the magazine, “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.”

It certainly adds an interesting meta-layer to the movie, and we'll see how it all works on October 3rd. Check out the EW "Gone Girl" cover below.

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This article is related to: Gone Girl, David Fincher, Ben Affleck


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