Watch: Ben Affleck's Debut Directorial Short I Killed My Lesbian Wife ...
Before Gone Baby Gone, The Town and, of course, Argo, Oscar winner Ben Affleck dabbled in directing a series of shorts to get his feet wet and hone his craft. One of his earliest efforts always carried a bit of buzz, but more for its provocative title that its content. The short is called I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her On a Meathook & Now I Have a Three-Picture Deal at Disney. Affleck filmed it in 1993 Ė 14 years before Gone Baby Gone -- so itís obviously rough. But Iíve never seen it before, so Iím glad itís now online and able to be viewed.
The Playlist posted the short, adding this fantastic quote from Affleck:
"It's horrible. It's atrocious. I knew I wanted to be a director, and I did a couple of short films, and this is the only one that haunts me. I'm not proud of it. It looks like it was made by someone who has no prospects, no promise."
In 1993, Affleck was coming off of Richard Linklaterís Dazed and Confused and School Ties, so he hadnít yet developed the deep cynicism that would come with starring turns in duds like Gigli, Jersey Girl or a string of forgettable action movies that include John Wooís Paycheck. But it is funny how steeped in industry talk this short happens to be. That dialogue helped fuel the Hollywood sides of Affleckís Argo, so itís possible Meathook had a little something to do with the directorís current Oscar run.
Then again, probably not.
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