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FYI: they have installed a revolving door on the political thriller STATE OF PLAY. There goes Brad Pitt! But wait -- here comes Russell Crowe, whew! Uh-oh, now Ed Norton is making an exit! No sweat, here comes... Ben Affleck?

Sure, why not? The guy is on a roll, can turn in solid performances when he connects with his material, and has clearly matured as a talent (in front of and behind the camera). The tumultuous project will find the Great Beantown Jaw stepping in for Norton as a high-profile congressman suspected of murdering his mistress. Crowe is the journalist investigating the events, leading to duplicity and various other entanglements.

The Universal project is directed by Kevin McDonald (THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND) adapting a British miniseries, and has (for the moment) an impressive supporting cast that includes Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright-Penn and Helen Mirren (playing Bill Nighy's original role).
Extra Tidbit: Unlike Pitt's departure, Norton's is said to be amicable -- his schedule wouldn't allow for the production shift because he's playing twins in the comedy LEAVES OF GRASS.
Source: Variety

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2:20PM on 12/19/2007
Yeah, while I did a double-take at first, he knows how to play ambition like few others. I still remember his two scenes in "Boiler Room" playing a total asshole, and how good he was at doing it. I haven't seen him in anything in a number of years, though (at least since "Changing Lanes" which I personally didn't like, despite good performances), anyway, It'll be nice to watch him go up against Crowe. All the guy really needs is a script and talent to bring ou the best in him.
Yeah, while I did a double-take at first, he knows how to play ambition like few others. I still remember his two scenes in "Boiler Room" playing a total asshole, and how good he was at doing it. I haven't seen him in anything in a number of years, though (at least since "Changing Lanes" which I personally didn't like, despite good performances), anyway, It'll be nice to watch him go up against Crowe. All the guy really needs is a script and talent to bring ou the best in him.
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8:43AM on 12/19/2007

Good Choice for him

Initially, I was a little let down by Norton's departure, thus depriving us of a Norton + Crowe collaboration. However, Ben's gotten himself back on track recently. Plus, the role he plays is that of an up-and-coming congressman, and I don't know about you, but Ben can definitely nail the mannerisms of a politician.
Initially, I was a little let down by Norton's departure, thus depriving us of a Norton + Crowe collaboration. However, Ben's gotten himself back on track recently. Plus, the role he plays is that of an up-and-coming congressman, and I don't know about you, but Ben can definitely nail the mannerisms of a politician.
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1:37AM on 12/19/2007
I also think Ben Affleck is a great replacement for Ed Norton. Sure, he isn't as good as Norton but with a right script and director, he could make a hell of a performance (Hollywoodland for example).
I also think Ben Affleck is a great replacement for Ed Norton. Sure, he isn't as good as Norton but with a right script and director, he could make a hell of a performance (Hollywoodland for example).
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1:27AM on 12/19/2007
if norton doesnt feel it anymore i think affleck is a great replacement. that dudes got the chops when he wants to.
if norton doesnt feel it anymore i think affleck is a great replacement. that dudes got the chops when he wants to.
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12:14AM on 12/19/2007
I think Ben is a good replacement for the other guys, granted hes not as good as them but I really think its time for him to step back in front of the camera as the leading man. He took some time off after he did some crappy projects and now is a come back streak. I hope Affleck keeps with the movie (hell he doesnt really have any thing high profile in production) I think this could end up being a big critical and commercial success for him. Ive honestly never had any thing against the guy, I
I think Ben is a good replacement for the other guys, granted hes not as good as them but I really think its time for him to step back in front of the camera as the leading man. He took some time off after he did some crappy projects and now is a come back streak. I hope Affleck keeps with the movie (hell he doesnt really have any thing high profile in production) I think this could end up being a big critical and commercial success for him. Ive honestly never had any thing against the guy, I liked his performances in the Kevin Smith movies and Im a big fan of Daredevil, so I think its good that hes workin again.
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