But Ben’s best bud, Matt Damon, who made the red-carpet scene at the AMC Boston Common to support Affleck, said he’d be "Gone Baby Gone" as soon as the Sox-Indians game started!
"This is the biggest night of Ben’s career but we have our priorities straight," Damon laughed. "We’ll be sneaking out back as soon as the film starts. Are you kidding, we’re watching the game live."
Ben Affleck made a triumphant return last night, hosting a premiere of his new movie - and directorial debut - "Gone Baby Gone." The film, which opens Friday, was shot in and around Dorchester, and many of the locals who had a hand in making the movie showed up at the AMC Loews Boston Common. But imagine our surprise when Ben's buddy Matt Damon arrived with his wife, Luciana Barroso. The hardest-working man in Hollywood told us he's already seen "Gone Baby Gone" 10 times. "[Directing] is really huge for Ben," said Damon. "Not that writing and acting aren't important, but directing is at a whole different level... He ran this whole show." The "Bourne Ultimatum" star didn't stick around long, telling us he wanted to catch some of the Sox game. "I'm feeling really good about them," Damon said. "I think we're gonna kill them."
Affleck's friends and fellow actors tease him about being insecure and preferring to work from a state of unease.
At Cannes to promote their movie "Ocean's Thirteen," Matt Damon said, "Because Casey is so neurotic, I read the 'Jesse James' script about seven times. ... He would want to rehearse for his auditions over the phone. And we'd talk and talk and talk. Casey would talk for four hours. Honestly, I wouldn't say anything; he would just talk it through in his head. Then I'd finally say, 'Dude, I don't know what else to tell you!' Then he'd call up his brother and do the same thing for another four hours. He just really wanted that role."
Affleck laughs when hearing Damon's anecdote. "When I like something, when I get excited creatively, it's hard to turn my brain off," he admits. "It doesn't happen that often."