Ben Affleck is both an acclaimed director and an actor. He needs no introduction and it would be only fair to see just how much he is respected for how wonderfully he has represented his profession. He has done movies of various genres and worked with actors and directors who are known throughout the Hollywood industry. Some of his most critically acclaimed movies are also the ones that fans hold in the highest regard.
One of the directors he worked with was David Fincher. The two collaborated for Gone Girl, a film that also included Rosamund Pike. Fincher is no stranger to making some of the most iconic and successful movies. However, interestingly enough, he once commented on Affleck’s personal life.
David Fincher Joked About Being Wary of Ben Affleck’s Personal Life
When David Fincher was promoting his film, Gone Girl, he focused on the premise of the film, where Ben Affleck plays a character who could not really be trusted, much like his on-screen wife, Amy. As seen on the movie’s DVD commentary (Via the New York Daily News), the director stated that to be Affleck’s wife meant to always be on the lookout. Purely because he had a special skill for being secretive about his phone.
“If I was his wife, I think I would be very suspicious, always, of whoever just called because he has a real gift at being able to insinuate a conversation.”
While playing the character of Nick Dunne, the actor seemingly did such a good job that the director came to believe that he had been doing something similar before as well. The comment was purely supposed to be a joke, taking no hit at Affleck or his personal life. However, he did not realize the depth of his words back then, something fans also came to notice later.
David Fincher’s Words Came True
Although no one realized just how impactful David Fincher’s comments were going to be, it was only later that his comments resurfaced. This was purely after Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck’s marriage came crashing down. During the movie’s DVD commentary (Via the New York Daily News), he further expanded on how peculiar Affleck’s habit had been.
“This is something that Ben is extraordinarily good at, when he has to cook up a phone conversation, when he has to hear somebody on the other end of the phone…He has to do these things in the foreground where he takes out his phone and looks at it and he puts it away so his sister doesn’t see it. There are people who do that and it’s too pointed. But Ben is very, very subtle and there’s a kind of indirectness to the way he can do those things. Probably because he’s so duplicitous.”
Affleck had reportedly been in an affair with his nanny while still being married to Garner. Although neither of them had admitted to that and their agents refused to comment as well, the news spread rather quickly. Moreover, they filed for divorce and maintained contact only for the sake of their children.
Source: Gone Girl DVD Commentary (Via the New York Daily News)