“It was meant to be me”: Jon Hamm Nearly Replaced Ben Affleck in His Darkest Movie Which Could Have Avoided Batman Star’s On-Set Feud With Director

Jon Hamm Nearly Replaced Ben Affleck in His Darkest Movie Which Could Have Avoided Batman Star’s On-Set Feud With Director
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The sure-fire sign to spot a true Bostonian in the crowd is to look at their covered heads that is more often than not distinctly recognizable for their vividly red B at the front and center of the cap. For every person born within the Brownstone-populated city of Boston, Massachusetts, for instance, Ben Affleck, sports fanaticism comes naturally, instinctively, and almost spiritually.


As such, the renowned rivalry that exists between the Red Sox and the rest of America sizzles in the air with such intensity that it feels as if every Bostonian was ready to stare down the entire world into submission. Such is the ferocity with which the fans enshrine the Red Sox and such is the ferocity with which Boston’s resident Hollywood star, Ben Affleck, protects its legacy.

Ben Affleck Rosamund Pike Gone Girl
Gone Girl

Also read: “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


Ben Affleck Was Ready To Go To War Over the Red Sox

When Gone Girl went into production, the whispers surrounding the film were just as attractive as the film’s plot, director, and lead actors combined. For one, it was parlayed to the masses that the infamous Don Draper himself aka Jon Hamm was expected to be Nick Dunne but that the Mad Men boss, like a true tyrant, had held on to the contract leashes and forbid him to film any other project while the series was still ongoing.

Hamm later corroborated the rumors expressing regret over the missed opportunity and how he felt obligated to finish Draper’s story before moving on to other, more big-budget, Hollywood projects:

“Yeah. I was down to the very end of that. It was meant to be me, but we had to film the continuing adventures of Mr. Draper.” 

But other revelations, too, were made during this episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and one such detail reveals how Ben Affleck, who was later brought on board as the leading man almost went to war with his director over wearing a cap that did not belong to the Red Sox: Poor Ben, a Boston guy, had to wear a Cardinals hat. He was not very happy about it.”

Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men
Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men

Also read: “I just can’t. I can’t wear it”: Ben Affleck Stopped Production of His $367M Movie as He Refused To Follow Director’s Instruction

The Fascinating Mythology Behind David Fincher’s Gone Girl

One of the most famous David Fincher productions, Gone Girl, brought an eerie familiarity into the audience’s lives that were far too fantastical to relate to and yet left a taste of recognition in its aftermath. The brutality was striking in its flashing reds and the bloodletting and yet the intermittent periods of love, passive-aggressive emotional manipulation, and all the known wiles known to man to cling on to the remnants of love that one felt during their initial days were convincing enough to bite down the rising bile and watch the rest of the film’s unfolding events with fascination.

Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl (2014)
Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl

Also read: Rosamund Pike Feared She’d Destroyed Her Career After Gone Girl Star Asked Tom Cruise to Shut Up While Auditioning for $218M Film: “It was distracting”


Ben Affleck’s character in the film, Nick Dunne, a suspiciously perfect husband, is trapped helplessly in the midst of all the drama that revolves around Perfect Amy. However, one can’t help but despise this man for reasons unknown. As more of the plot unfolds, people simultaneously hate Rosamund Pike‘s protagonist with a vehemence yet find themselves claiming, “Good for her!” Gone Girl, in its flawless and mindless psychological violence, becomes so perfect with every rewatch that it remains one of the best book-to-movie adaptations of all time.

Gone Girl is available for streaming on Prime Video.

Source: Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen


Written by Diya Majumdar

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With a degree in Literature from Miranda House, Diya Majumdar now has above 1500 published articles on FandomWire. Her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema while being a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh. Other skills include being the proud owner of an obsessive collection of Spotify playlists.