Aside from ARGO which is coming up soon, could you tell us what we can expect to see you in, in the future?
Welliver: I just finished a film in June with Matt Damon entitled PROMISED LAND. Matt and John Krasinski wrote it together and Gus Van Sant directed it. I co-star with Matt and John and Frances McDormand, Hal Holbrook and it’s a pretty large cast. It has great story because it’s really about the issue we face right now with this hydro-fracking. Within that framework is a story about people and how they navigate the idea of making a lot of money when things aren’t exactly how they seem on the surface.
It’s about people going through changes and how they perceive things or what the truths the ideals are that they have, how they change as things unfold. That was an incredible experience. Gus obviously, I have to say what an amazingly talented director he is. Matt, John and Frances, the experience of working with those actors was a great experience. Also it’s a departure from me and Matt and not having to put anybody in handcuffs or sort anybody out and that was nice, it was a nice departure. 90 percent of my scenes are with Frances McDormand, who goes without saying is a talented actor to work with.
I learned a great deal working with her, Matt and under the guidance of Gus who is just a wonderful director and human being. Just a really wonderful experience.
Apropos of that, Ben is working with his BFF Matt Damon on an as-yet-untitled Whitey Bulger film. Terence Winter of “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Sopranos” fame is writing the script, Affleck will direct, and Matt will play the Southie crime boss. He hopes to start shooting it in Boston in the next year or two.
"If there was a movie that me and Matt were meant to do together, this has gotta be the one," he said. "It’s where my heart is, but there’s a lot of stuff, and we’re trying to cull it and we’re probably twice as careful about this one because we know the degree of scrutiny that people are going to have — particularly in Boston."
"We’re closer than we were in Central Square," Affleck said. "We've got the kids back and forth in the yards. The weird thing is, when we imagined hanging out with our kids together, it would be like playing football and baseball. But it’s all these girls playing princess!"