Ben Affleck gets into dark, tough mind-set in 'Gone Girl'

Wed Oct 1, 2014 3:45pm EDT
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By Patricia Reaney

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 people play.

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 interview.

"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 perspectives.   Continued...

Actor Ben Affleck attends the 52nd New York Film Festival opening night gala presentation of the movie "Gone Girl" at Alice Tully Hall in New York September 26, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz