Affleck gets into dark, tough mind-set in 'Gone Girl'
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ben
Affleck is not interested in playing nice guys and would
choose an interesting, complicated character over a
likeable one, which is what drew him to "Gone Girl," a
dark thriller about marriage, intimacy and the roles
It was that and working with Academy Award nominee David
Fincher, who directed the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's
best-selling novel, which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday.
The 42-year-old actor plays Nick Dunne, a charming writer in New
York who loses his job and returns to his recession-hit hometown
in Missouri, with his beautiful wife in tow.
When Amy, played by British actress Rosamund Pike, goes missing
on their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick becomes the prime
suspect and center of a media circus.
Some critics have called it the best performance yet by Affleck,
who has won Oscars as producer of best picture "Argo" and
screenwriter of "Good Will Hunting."
"It's about role playing. It's about what women ask of men and
men ask of women, and in the way we kind of show one another
half of ourselves and not the whole self," Affleck said in an
"He feels like he is unfulfilled and he is being asked to do
more than he should, and he is frustrated and he resents his
wife. She resents him," he added. "It was trying to get into
that mind-set of recrimination and resentment, which was dark
and tough and ugly."
No one is quite who they seem to be in the film, which shuffles
back and forth in time and is told from both Nick's and Amy's
Pike, a former Bond girl who appeared in "Pride and Prejudice"
and "Jack Reacher," was intrigued by more than just the
multi-layered character of Amy.
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"It's the way she slots into this world and what she and Nick, as a
unit, say about marriage and narcissism and knowing each other and
intimacy," the 35-year-old actress said.
Flynn, who wrote the screenplay for the film, which debuted at the
New York Film Festival, liked the idea of creating Amy, who had the
ability and the skill set to play whomever she needed to be,
depending on whom she was with.
"She is sort of mystifying. You can't quite get a reading on her and
that is very exciting and where she takes you is not where you think
she is taking you. You approach with relish," said Pike.
The actress has won praise for her performance, which the Los
Angeles Times said "defies expectations at every turn" and New York
Magazine described as "a study in acting."
"The story of 'Gone Girl,' in a way, is a story about story
telling," said Flynn. "The stories we tell each other. The stories
we created when we created our own personas that we are giving the
(The story was refiled to fix a typo in the first paragraph)
(Reporting by Patricia Reaney; Editing by Mary Milliken and Steve
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