Ben Affleck: ‘I Was So Bad’ in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’
The “Air” director has come a long way since his failed attempt at playing the No. 10 basketball player in 1992’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
Ben Affleck is on top of the world right now. His latest directorial outing, “Air,” was both a huge critical success and key proof that the new business model he and Matt Damon are employing through their production company Artists Equity can be viable. But despite all his success, the filmmaker is willing to look back on his humble beginnings.
Appear “The Late Late Show with James Corden” Affleck recalled one of his earliest film roles in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” He delivered a series of dialogues as basketball player No. 10 in Fran Rubel’s 1992 film Kuzui (written by Joss Whedon and inspired by the TV series of the same name). Affleck told Corden that he thought he did a good job with how serious a werewolf threat was to this basketball game — but the production team apparently disagreed.
“I felt. I was honestly scared,” Affleck said. “And then I went and watched the movie with my friends… and I was very different. And immediately I realized that my line was taken again.
Although embarrassed by the ordeal, he now admits that dubbing him because of his poor performance was probably the right call.
“I was so sick,” she said. “They needed me to be in the scene, but the director obviously (was) like, ‘I can’t hear the sound anymore!’ They had to pay someone to come in and say, “Hey man, take it.” Because apparently I couldn’t say that convincingly enough.”
Affleck fans shouldn’t be particularly surprised to hear him speak negatively about one of his roles. The famously outspoken actor has no problem expressing his opinion on movies that didn’t go well. He recently revealed how the unpleasant experience of making ‘Justice League’ made him reevaluate his career.
“I just thought, ‘This is not the life I want. My children are not here. I’m miserable,” she said of filming “Justice League.” “You want to go to work and find something interesting to get your hands on instead of wearing a rubber suit and mostly just standing at a computer screen saying, ‘If this nuclear waste is released, then…’ That’s fine. I’m not looking down on this or putting it down, but I’ve gotten to the point where it’s creatively unsatisfying. Plus, you’re sweaty and exhausted. And I thought, “I don’t want to be a part of this in any way. And I don’t want to waste any more of my limited life.’”
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