Before The Way Back was released, Ben Affleck had spent the past decade producing, writing, directing and acting in his projects. Upon its release, the two-time Oscar winner received acclaim for his role as recovering alcoholic Jack Cunningham. The character seemed to be informed by the actor’s personal life. In fact, Affleck recently spoke about how his divorce and battle with alcoholism influenced his performance in the film.
Ben Affleck took part in The Hollywood Reporter’s Actors Roundtable along with other awards season contenders Sacha Baron Cohen, Delroy Lindo, Gary Oldman, John David Washington and Steven Yeun. The actors did the virtual roundtable to speaking on tackling vulnerable male characters. During the roundtable, Affleck was asked about his performance in The Way Back. The actor and director spoke on how his past struggles allowed him to tap into his character:
After breaking down what informed his role, Ben Affleck was asked to do another person’s projects after acting and directing in his projects in the past decade. He spoke on the ease of slipping back into just being an actor:
Given the mixed bag of success, Ben Affleck was able to channel all those struggles in his latest role was revealing. By his words, his experiences helped to humble the actor, allowing him to tap into the character uniquely compared to past roles. While his struggles informed his performance, the same struggles made him a media target in recent years.
Ben Affleck’s life has been public fodder in both the good and tough times. The actor spoke on relapsing during the filming of Justice League. He and his ex Ana De Armas recently went through a very public break-up. But on the other side, he will appear in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, reportedly teaming up with fellow Oscar winner George Clooney for the film Tender Bar and directing Disney's Keeper of the Lost Cities adaptation. The celebrated director also gave his take on the ongoing theater versus streaming debate.
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