With the box office blockbuster “The Last Duel”, Affleck also wondered if it would be “the last theatrical film I’ll ever have”.
Ben Affleck is many things: an Oscar-winning filmmaker (“Argo”), a respected actor and screenwriter (“Good Will Hunting”), and also a franchise item (“Justice League” movie) ). Very few in Hollywood exhibit that multi-hyphen range. This year, he’s snapping into character actor territory as a world-weary waiter in George Clooney’s “The Tender Bar,” but he’s also making a splash in a movie different this year with Ridley Scottbelong to “Last match. While that film was met with a ton of critical requests, it fell sharply at the box office, grossing only $10 million on top of a $100 million production budget.
That made director Ridley Scott have to take shortcuts to welcome millennials and “their damn cell phone audience” in Marc Maron’s “WTF Podcast.” And even later, when asked a question by a journalist he was not interested in during the press conference of the film, he told the reporter to “make love to yourself, sir.”
Affleck, Talk to The Hollywood Reporter it’s time to release “The Tender Bar,” which has been launched in defense of Scott’s harsh words, with a warning that he may have been “slightly misquoted.”
“I mean, let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to say that in a newspaper magazine?” Affleck laughed. “Ridley is at a stage in his career where it’s clear he’s completely unencumbered by worries about what people think.”
As for why the movie was bombed, Affleck said, “Really, the truth is I’ve had movies that didn’t work that were bombed, which is not cool. It is easy to understand that and why it happens. Bad movie, people don’t want to watch, right? This movie, ‘The Last Duel,’ I really like. It’s good and it plays – I’ve seen it play against an audience and now it’s playing fine online. It’s not one of those movies where you say, ‘Oh boy, I wish my movie did.’ Rather, this is more of a seismic shift that I’m seeing, and I’m talking to every single person I know. Despite the many iterations, the conversation remains the same: [the movie business] change?”
He added, “One of the fundamental ways it’s changing is that the people who want to watch complicated, adult, IP-free dramas are the people who are saying to themselves, ‘You know. Are not? I don’t need to go to the cinema because I want to pause it, go to the bathroom, and finish it tomorrow. ‘ That is, along with the fact that you can watch in good quality at home. ”
Affleck’s theory was that theatrical experience would soon become so rare that, he told The Playlist In another new interview, “There will probably be three directors, Quentin, Paul, Chris Nolan, Kathryn Bigelow, I don’t know who. That would be three movies a year that they go to see because they’re in theaters. It’s like ‘Succession’ is too good. “
Affleck also told The Playlist that the outcome of “The Last Duel” made him think, “Well, that’s probably the last theatrical release I’m going to have.” He added, “Because I don’t want to make IP movies you have this kind of audience available. It was something that I cared about and liked, and that I no longer like. I like other people to do it. And if you’re going to do it, you should love it. And I love something different. So I want to do that.”
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