There was once a time when all anyone ever talked about, when it came to Hollywood superstar Ben Affleck, was the fact that he was making such terrible movies and that his career was on the decline. However, these days, when it comes to talking about Ben Affleck, all anyone ever seems to talk about is the fact that he now plays Bruce Wayne aka Batman. We have the new standalone Batman movie to look forward to in the near future, as well as the DC team up movie Justice League, but Ben has so much more than just that going on.
Before we get to see Ben Affleck back on the big screen as Batman once again, we will see the actor playing a much different role, in his new, upcoming movie The Accountant. Ben has now been talking about his role in The Accountant, admitting that is was actually nice to not have to play a superhero in the film, as it was enjoyable getting to do something a little bit different.
Affleck explained, "It was nice to play a guy who isn't a superhero. He's capable of exceptional things - but within the realm of human possibility and human physicality. However, there's a bittersweet note to it, as Christian's character emerged from his father's overly military way to prepare his sons from early childhood - including his older boy, who wasn't autistic - to handle themselves in what he perceived as a scary and violent world. That's what made it interesting for me. It was something like putting on an expressionless mask. It was a real challenge, but also an honour to play him."
He added, "I hadn't read an autistic character in a film script like this. So often autistic people are seen as children. Here, I get to play a person with autism all grown up. We learn what happens to that little boy we see in flashbacks. Because it was such an opportunity to play something this fresh and new, I needed him to be as authentic as possible. So, to that end, I met with a lot of people and did a lot of research and read a lot of material so that I could deliver a portrayal that was as realistic and plausible as possible."
The Accountant is out now in the US and opens in the UK on November 4.