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Ben Affleck: A Movie-By-Movie Guide
The good, the bad and the Gigli

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Ben Affleck: A Movie-By-Movie Guide  | Hollywoodland (2006)
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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it’s a former A-lister on the road back. Sopranos veteran Allen Coulter coaxed Affleck’s career back to life with this noirish biopic of TV Superman, George Reeves. Affleck gained 20lbs to play the ‘60s telly Man of Steel (there goes the whole “faster than a speeding bullet” thing) and gains a weighty soul, too. Reeves’ death – murder or suicide? – is played in reverse, with Affleck stripping layers off a man whose complexity and melancholy demand a gravitas not required for, say, Armageddon. It’s a fascinatingly meta role for an actor who’s always been at odds with his own fame. In a not-entirely-coincidental case of life imitating art, Affleck really gets his teeth into a man who tried to find balance between the white heat of celebrity and the demands of his craft. Succcessfully, too. He won the Best Actor award in Venice.
 

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Quality feature - well worth it just for the last page - I'd never seen either of those two clips. Handsome Men Club was funny, and it was interesting to see all the cameos. However, The "Ben Affleck" video had me in stitches - I don't know how long this has been kicking around the internet, but it's been long time since I've seen something that has had me laughing so much it hurt ! I had to watch it again just to try and spot all the cameos in it.   The fact that Affleck is willing to send himself up like this grants him a lot of respect from me (not that I imagine that matters sp; Top class! More

Posted by Schimchs on Thursday September 23, 2010, 22:04


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