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Ben Affleck to star as Leo DiCaprio's nemesis in The Great Gatsby?

04.08.2011

Ben Affleck has a decision to make. He can continue his career as a director, which has brought him more critical acclaim than his career as an actor ever did, or he can pursue an acting gig in a potentially Oscar-worthy film with some fellow A-listers.

Affleck is in talks to co-star with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan in Baz Luhrmann's THE GREAT GATSBY, which is all well and good except the shoot conflicts with when Affleck planned on filming ARGO, his next directorial effort.

The good news is that both projects are set up at Warner Bros. who are eager to have Affleck avoid any scheduling conflicts with either project. Currrently, GATSBY is set to shoot in Australia in August while Affleck was prepping towards a September start for his film.

Should Affleck be able to make GATSBY, which seems likely considering that's further along than his own film, he would star as Tom Buchanan, the millionaire husband of Daisy Buchanan (Mulligan) and nemesis of Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio) who loves Daisy. Maguire is set to star as Nick Carraway, Gatsby's neighbor and the narrator of the film.

It's been a while since Affleck played an asshole, something he does well (I mean that as a compliment), and it would be nice to see what he can do with a strong director guiding him. I'd love for both films to be able to work out (I'm far more interested in Affleck's burgeoning directing career) so we'll keep our eyes on this situation.

Source: JoBlo.com

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7:56PM on 04/09/2011

Good for Ben, but....

Here goes another movie where DiCaprio is gonna die
Here goes another movie where DiCaprio is gonna die
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10:59PM on 04/12/2011
Yeah, what is up with that.
Yeah, what is up with that.
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8:20PM on 04/08/2011
I hope this happens. Affleck is a hugely underrated actor. He has his writing Oscar, but he was nominated for an acting Golden Globe in 2006 too.
I hope this happens. Affleck is a hugely underrated actor. He has his writing Oscar, but he was nominated for an acting Golden Globe in 2006 too.
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4:44PM on 04/08/2011

Go Ben!!

i would love to see both of these work out. I think affleck proved hes still a great actor after acting and directing The Town. Sure he was i Gigli but lets just try and forget about that. Affleck is an A-lister for sure.
i would love to see both of these work out. I think affleck proved hes still a great actor after acting and directing The Town. Sure he was i Gigli but lets just try and forget about that. Affleck is an A-lister for sure.
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4:12PM on 04/08/2011

Boring Chick Flick

While a classic book the Robert Redford was a total bore. Affleck would be well cast as he was in Pearl Harbor in a period piece. But he's on a roll with directing. Stick with that.
While a classic book the Robert Redford was a total bore. Affleck would be well cast as he was in Pearl Harbor in a period piece. But he's on a roll with directing. Stick with that.
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2:03PM on 04/08/2011
Do both man, do both!
Do both man, do both!
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1:17PM on 04/08/2011
Honestly, IMO Ben Affleck's entire career has been better than Leo's. Ben has either created or been involved with the better overall films. Leo has a few aces to be sure but I say Ben has MORE to be proud of.
Honestly, IMO Ben Affleck's entire career has been better than Leo's. Ben has either created or been involved with the better overall films. Leo has a few aces to be sure but I say Ben has MORE to be proud of.
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3:56PM on 04/08/2011
What films are you talking about? He co-wrote a great movie that he was barely in. He directed two great movies in Gone Baby Gone and the Town, and lead in only two great movies Changing Lanes and The Town. 3 movies that were overall hurt by his crappy performances were Daredevil, Pearl Harbor, and Armageddon. The rest even out to a average career
What films are you talking about? He co-wrote a great movie that he was barely in. He directed two great movies in Gone Baby Gone and the Town, and lead in only two great movies Changing Lanes and The Town. 3 movies that were overall hurt by his crappy performances were Daredevil, Pearl Harbor, and Armageddon. The rest even out to a average career
1:04PM on 04/08/2011
So, Sampson, you don't think he can direct again if he takes the Gatsby gig?
So, Sampson, you don't think he can direct again if he takes the Gatsby gig?
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12:53PM on 04/08/2011
Go with Argo. Affleck's films are fantastic.
Go with Argo. Affleck's films are fantastic.
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11:42AM on 04/08/2011

interesting

I have no idea what the Great Gatsby is about but getting DiCaprio and Affleck together as pro/antagonists does spark some interest.
I have no idea what the Great Gatsby is about but getting DiCaprio and Affleck together as pro/antagonists does spark some interest.
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11:20AM on 04/08/2011

Really???

Affleck had a good performance last year in the Town. He's not due for another good one for another four years.
Affleck had a good performance last year in the Town. He's not due for another good one for another four years.
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3:31PM on 04/08/2011
Why all the hate? That is just a good, clever comment. Thumbs up!
Why all the hate? That is just a good, clever comment. Thumbs up!
11:00AM on 04/08/2011

Nice!

Awesome... Just replace Tobey Maguire with an actor that has actual talent like Jake Gylenhall or something and I'm into this...
Awesome... Just replace Tobey Maguire with an actor that has actual talent like Jake Gylenhall or something and I'm into this...
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10:23AM on 04/08/2011
As far as problems go, it's a good one to have. Here's hoping he gets both going.
As far as problems go, it's a good one to have. Here's hoping he gets both going.
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10:07AM on 04/08/2011
This works for me. I hope Affleck can do Gatsby.
This works for me. I hope Affleck can do Gatsby.
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9:46AM on 04/08/2011

Mallrats

Literally the same character from Mallrats.
Literally the same character from Mallrats.
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10:10AM on 04/08/2011
Damn you, I was about to say the exact same thing :P
Damn you, I was about to say the exact same thing :P
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