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Ben Affleck says he is learning about directing from David Fincher while filming Gone Girl

11.22.2013

David Fincher is looked at by film fans and critics alike as a top tier director. His films have run the gamut of genre and style and all at the height of technical prowess. Ben Affleck, three films into his directorial career, may be an Oscar winner but he knows that he is not a master craftsman like Fincher. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Affleck acknowledged that while he may be starring in GONE GIRL for Fincher, he is not oblivious to what it will mean for him behind the camera to work with the esteemed filmmaker.

“I truly kind of show up with a notepad,” says Affleck, who plays Nick Dunne, the husband who is suspected of his wife’s murder. “He’s the only director I’ve worked with who I felt like could do everyone else’s job as well, if not better, than they could; who is able to articulate exactly what he was thinking; and who understands the technical side of the work as much as the creative side, which is to say, a lot. I’ve learned more from David in a day or two than I have most movies I’ve spent 80 days on.”

Affleck has worked with a lot of directors in his career but few as lauded as Fincher. While I have been impressed by Ben Affleck as a director so far, it is nice to know he isn't full of himself and still wants to learn more about the second phase if his career. I am hoping that whatever Affleck gleams from Fincher will make his next film as director, LIVE BY NIGHT, all the better.

Affleck was also asked about what GONE GIRL will be like. The book was a bestseller that had a complex mixture of points of view that would be difficult to adapt for the big screen, but Affleck seems confident in the screenplay.

“I don’t want to give away too much, because if you know the book, you know that there are set of reveals that you would want to maintain the integrity of,” says Affleck. “But I will say that Gillian adapted it and I think it’s very, very faithful to her book. If you read the book and liked it, you will definitely like the movie.”

GONE GIRL also stars Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Casey Wilson, Patrick Fugit, Kim Dickens, and Tyler Perry. It hits theaters on October 3, 2014.

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5:10PM on 11/23/2013

How awesome is that...

... Affleck, who has more than proven himself as a great director three times in a row AND who is an Oscar winner, is still willing to accept that he's got a lot more to learn ? He's got to be the most modest director working today. I just love this guy.
... Affleck, who has more than proven himself as a great director three times in a row AND who is an Oscar winner, is still willing to accept that he's got a lot more to learn ? He's got to be the most modest director working today. I just love this guy.
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12:11AM on 11/23/2013

Talk him into directing your Batman solo film, Ben

That is an easy Billion.
That is an easy Billion.
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11:27PM on 11/22/2013
Something would be wrong with Affleck if he thought he was on par with Fincher. For an actor as famous as Ben it's surprising the lack of big name or well respected he's worked with.

Off the top of my head and please contribute, his top 3 not including Fincher are probably... Malik, John Woo, Kevin Smith? Oh and Van Saint, I'd replace with Woo with him.
Something would be wrong with Affleck if he thought he was on par with Fincher. For an actor as famous as Ben it's surprising the lack of big name or well respected he's worked with.

Off the top of my head and please contribute, his top 3 not including Fincher are probably... Malik, John Woo, Kevin Smith? Oh and Van Saint, I'd replace with Woo with him.
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9:10PM on 11/22/2013
Ben Affleck has got talent, more so behind the camera than in front of it, but he's far from the joke people made him out to be ten years ago. I think he's very much a future Clint Eastwood in terms of building as credible a directing career, maybe even more credible, than an acting one. And Fincher is one of the best people to learn from. The man is meticulous to the point of obsession and darn near genius.
Ben Affleck has got talent, more so behind the camera than in front of it, but he's far from the joke people made him out to be ten years ago. I think he's very much a future Clint Eastwood in terms of building as credible a directing career, maybe even more credible, than an acting one. And Fincher is one of the best people to learn from. The man is meticulous to the point of obsession and darn near genius.
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8:35PM on 11/22/2013
Ben sounds very humbled and I like that.
Ben sounds very humbled and I like that.
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6:25PM on 11/22/2013

"But what I'd really like to do is direct"

How many actors have said that in countless interviews? Good to see that Mr. Affleck is really committing to the craft and learning from one of the best. I think it's exciting to see someone who whose efforts have already been praised strive towards becoming even better and I personally will have even more interesting in checking out his next gig as a director.
How many actors have said that in countless interviews? Good to see that Mr. Affleck is really committing to the craft and learning from one of the best. I think it's exciting to see someone who whose efforts have already been praised strive towards becoming even better and I personally will have even more interesting in checking out his next gig as a director.
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6:25PM on 11/22/2013

Fincher is awesome

Anybody else wish Fincher would team up with Chuck Palahniuk again? Especially for his book "Lullaby".
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Anybody else wish Fincher would team up with Chuck Palahniuk again? Especially for his book "Lullaby".
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6:20PM on 11/22/2013

Interesting

I wouldn't be so quick as to say the guy is not a master craftsman. That kind of accolade needs time to earn, and he is still a young director, but what he has done so far makes me think he has every chance of earning that kind of respect. It is cool to see how much Ben Affleck has matured, professionally as well as personally, over the last few years. I know people who worked with him and for him on The Town who never had less than great things to say about him. Funny, I always thought Fincher
I wouldn't be so quick as to say the guy is not a master craftsman. That kind of accolade needs time to earn, and he is still a young director, but what he has done so far makes me think he has every chance of earning that kind of respect. It is cool to see how much Ben Affleck has matured, professionally as well as personally, over the last few years. I know people who worked with him and for him on The Town who never had less than great things to say about him. Funny, I always thought Fincher would be the best choice to do a proper Batman film...hope that notepad is being filled...
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5:54PM on 11/22/2013

Phew...

From the partial headline I only saw "David" and thought he'd be learning from Goyer on the set of Batman...I was concerned for Affleck's future directing career for a few seconds...
From the partial headline I only saw "David" and thought he'd be learning from Goyer on the set of Batman...I was concerned for Affleck's future directing career for a few seconds...
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5:41PM on 11/22/2013
Great to hear that Affleck is still wanting to push himself to be a better director and I really hope he gets a chance to direct himself (again) in a future Batman film.
Great to hear that Affleck is still wanting to push himself to be a better director and I really hope he gets a chance to direct himself (again) in a future Batman film.
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5:23PM on 11/22/2013
As someone as myself who works many different positions on set within the film community- you never, ever stop learning. Doesn't matter who you are- Grip, Gaffer, Cinematographer/DP, Director- it's always a learning experience and you're always learning from the peers next to you.
As someone as myself who works many different positions on set within the film community- you never, ever stop learning. Doesn't matter who you are- Grip, Gaffer, Cinematographer/DP, Director- it's always a learning experience and you're always learning from the peers next to you.
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