For the last few years, Ben Affleck has been doing his writer/director thing, and as films like "The Town" and "Gone Baby Gone" show, he's been doing it pretty damn well. But as cool as those films are, handling every aspect of a production takes a lot of time, which for many fans has meant far too little of Affleck the actor.
Would fitting in just one extra role between projects be too much to ask?
Your wish is Affleck's command, because according to The Hollywood Reporter, Affleck has agreed to star in the upcoming Warner Bros. political comedy "Nathan Decker."
See, that wasn't so hard, now was it?
Written by "Crazy, Stupid, Love." screenwriter Dan Fogelman, "Nathan Decker" tells the story of "a politician who is caught in an affair and returns to his hometown to confront his past." Tom Cruise had originally been slated to play the led, but now that he's dropped out, Affleck has stepped in. Which is only fitting considering he's been on his own professional path to redemption ever since flops like "Gigli" left him out the outs in Hollywood last decade.
Now he's unequivocally back and, as his Golden Globe and Oscar nominated films show, better than ever. best of all, "Nathan Decker" shouldn't interfere much with his writing and directing duties either, as the movie is set to shoot after his current film, the thriller "Argo," finishes post-production.
Writing, directing or acting, there's one thing we can agree on: More Ben Affleck is never a bad thing.