Ben Affleck is considering “American Bullshit,” among other options. We hope he sticks with “Bullshit.”
The Ben Affleck comeback never ceases to amaze me. You’ve gotta hand it to the guy—going from J. Lo boy-toy, whose main screen contribution was at one point appearing in his girl’s music videos, to directing “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Town” is a stupefying turnaround. We’re used to seeing cultural beacons whom we take seriously devolve into opportunistic boobs (see Sen. Joe Lieberman) but the reverse trajectory is almost unheard of.
Which makes us a little nervous about the scope of movies he’s considering making next.
For starters, you’ve got “American Bullshit,” which Deadline describes as “the true story of Abscam, the FBI’s 1980 undercover sting operation of Congress to root out corruption which was the brainchild of the world’s greatest con man.” Pretty awesome.
On the other hand, you’ve got a movie about two Yankees pitchers from the 1970s swapping wives (I’m picturing Steve Martin and Dan Akroyd’s “two wild and crazy guys,” here) or “Replay” which is “about a 43-year old radio journalist who dies, wakes up in his 18-year old body, and gets to relive his life over and over,” which sounds kind of like “Big” in reverse.
To be sure, Affleck has proved he’s immensely talented. He’s on a roll, here, and no doubt whatever he chooses to next will be awesome. But in his recent movies—from “Hollywoodland” to his directorial features mentioned above—Affleck has shown that he thrives on the dark side.
We’re hoping he goes with “American Bullshit,” and then beats out Oliver Stone for the inevitable Julian Assange biopic.