“It was a legitimate fight”: Ben Affleck Stopped ‘Gone Girl’ Filming For 4 Days, Fought With David Fincher For Forcing Him to Wear Rival Baseball Cap

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In the many feuds between two (or more) prominent crew members of a movie, the altercations between the director and the actor are always a huge source of entertainment for social media. There have been numerous feuds like these, one of the most notorious being a silly fight between Ben Affleck and director David Fincher.


Gone Girl was one of the most impressive releases of the 2010s, and probably David Fincher’s best thriller (although he’s made some equally, if not better, movies too). The movie’s main star was undoubtedly Rosamund Pike, and Ben Affleck also played a massive part in the narrative. But filming the movie wasn’t as easy as Fincher would’ve thought it to be.

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David Fincher Messing With Ben Affleck Halted Gone Girl’s Production For 4 Days

Ben Affleck as his dedicated fans would know, is one of the biggest fans of the Boston-based Boston Red Sox, a team who have earned themselves the title of being the first team to win four World Series trophies in the 21st Century.

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Boston Red Sox’s history has also been marked by a huge rivalry between them and the New York Yankees, which is also one of the most successful teams in MLB history.

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What literally halted the production of Gone Girl for four-long days in 2014 arose in the context of the rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Apparently, director David Fincher had requested Ben Affleck to wear a Yankees baseball hat for a scene at the airport.

Affleck, being a die-hard fan of the Red Sox, promptly refused. He explains the situation during an interview with Times, saying-

“I said, ‘David, I love you, I would do anything for you, but I will not wear a Yankees hat. I just can’t. I can’t wear it because it’s going to become a thing, David. I will never hear the end of it. I can’t do it.’ And I couldn’t put it on my head.”

Both Fincher and Affleck were pretty stubborn in what they wanted, and it ended up in a cut in communication between the actor and director. This eventually led to a halt in the production of Gone Girl for four days, which would’ve cost a lot!


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It may seem like a completely childish thing to cut off communication, let alone halt production, for four long days when you’re working on a million-dollar(s) project that involves hundreds of other crew members.

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Ben Affleck (left) and David Fincher (right)

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But it is important to note that Ben Affleck and David Fincher have been working in the industry for quite a long time, and they’ve got their principles that just didn’t align over wearing a rival baseball hat.

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Regardless, they did make it up to each other after those four days. Even last year, the two took part in Variety’s “Directors on Directors” conversation series where the two were in a mature conversation with each other, further proving they’ve put it all behind them.


Gone Girl is currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

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