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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  | State Of Play (2009)
State Of Play (2009)

Excellent as Congressman Stephen Collins, a role David Morrissey seemed to have defined in the BBC miniseries, Affleck is in his comfort zone as a sharp-suited political crusader with a tragic flaw. That’s not to underplay a role that definitely pushes him – witness the scene when Collins learns of Sonia Baker’s death, played with expertly muted emotion – or downplay his success in more than holding his own in his scenes with Russell Crowe (crumpled crime reporter Cal McCaffrey). In limited screentime, he’s terrific as a man whose weaknesses set him at odds with his friend, his wife and his own ideals. We’re still not sure quite how Stephen Collins could be college pals with Cal McCaffrey, a man eight years older than him, but we’ll let that slide.
 

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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

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