ET: You still stay very true to your roots though. Why have you been so intent on casting Boston natives in your films, obviously not for “Argo” but for your first two films and future ones as well?
Affleck: What I think I’ve really benefitted from as a filmmaker is having grown up here and knowing, not just how many incredible
actors there are here, but how many incredible people are here. It will make your movie so much more real, and rich, and interesting.
So on films like “Good Will Hunting” or “Gone Baby Gone” or “The Town,” we always went out of our way to cast locals. It just
seemed so obvious and seemed to make sense.”
ET: Speaking of Boston, you have the task of creating a Whitey Bulger film on your plate. What can you tell us about that?
Affleck: Terrence Winter’s writing it, we’re working on it now. I’m really glad I made ‘Argo’ so that I could then say ‘OK, now I can go make another Boston movie.’ I’m really excited for it. I got two things: one, I really want to wait to get it right. You can’t mess up Whitey Bulger. Otherwise, that’s it, that’s the only thing you’ll remember for the rest of your career. But, I know there’s other guys out there who want to make the movie, so do you want to be second? You diminish the appetite. People will say ‘we saw that already.’”
ET: And what about your adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Stand?”
Affleck: I’m a big Stephen King fan. He has got very good taste in sports teams, and he’s a great writer. “The Stand” is very tough; it’s just a massive thing. So we are trying to figure out if it’s two movies or three movies. And there has to be a whole first movie, you can’t just say ‘To be continued,’ because the whole arc of the book is a huge story but it is still a beginning, middle, and end. So we are trying to pull apart the movie and figure out how to make it. Ironically enough, ‘The Stand’ was written right around the time the events in this movie took place. But it is still incredibly current and contemporary, and you see how much of it has been ripped off by other movies. So it makes it tricky.