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David Fincher Talks 'Gone Girl' with EW, and the Appeal of Ben Affleck: "He Knows What It's Like to Be Hunted"

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 9, 2014 at 12:01PM

As revealed earlier, Entertainment Weekly's cover story is David Fincher's "Gone Girl," starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. EW sits down with Fincher to talk his big-screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestseller thriller. Highlights below.
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Ben Affleck in "Gone Girl"
Photo credit: Merrick Morton. Ben Affleck in "Gone Girl"

As revealed earlier, Entertainment Weekly's cover story is David Fincher's "Gone Girl," starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. (Check out the edition's cover image, photographed by Fincher, here.) EW sits down with Fincher to talk his big-screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestseller thriller. Highlights below.

David Fincher on the set of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
David Fincher on the set of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

Fincher on the middling success of 2011's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo":

"All you need to do is look at my filmography to know that I have no idea what people want... We may have been too beholden to the source material."

On wanting to hire Affleck, because a) he's also a director, and b) he knows the wrath of public opinion:

"No one will find you out faster than the guy who made 'Argo'... Ben inherently knows what [getting that negative media attention] is like. He knows what it's like to be hunted." 

On the enigmatic appeal of Rosamund Pike:

"I always liked her. I'd seen four or five movies with her and I didn't have a beat on her."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.