Ben Affleck Finds Common Ground In Batman, Gone Girl Roles
“I don't think you can play Batman, I think you have to play Bruce Wayne,” Affleck told MTV...
On the surface, Ben Affleck's roles in Gone Girl and Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice couldn't be more different, but that couldn't be further from the truth for the Oscar-winning writer and director who stars in David Fincher's new drama.
In Gone Girl, Affleck plays the husband of a woman whose sudden disappearance creates a media frenzy, only to have the court of public opinion begin to suspect his role in the incident. It's a far cry from his turn donning Batman's cape and cowl for Zack Snyder's upcoming superhero crossover.
When asked about the different ways of approaching the two roles by MTV at the Movies, Affleck said: “I don't think you can play Batman, I think you have to play Bruce Wayne.
"You can't play accused murderer Nick Dunne, you have to find a way to empathise with just the person himself. I don't know how to do that in any other way.”
According to Affleck, the extent to which you can embed the character in reality is the real key to bringing any character to life on the screen – whether it's a husband accused of killing his wife or a caped crusader culled from the pages of a comic book. “I think every character you play, whether you're like a Martian or anything else, you have to find a way to make that real,” he explained.
“And in some ways it's the same challenge. Obviously they are very different kinds of roles, and they are different challenges ultimately. But at their root, it's about emotional honesty and empathy.”
Gone Girl is due for UK release this Friday, October 3.