The conventional wisdom regarding Ben Affleck’s career is that, after slumming it for years and years as a bland actor in mostly terrible movies, he finally hit his stride in his late 30s by stepping behind the camera and churning out a trio of near masterpieces, Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Argo.
As it turns out, this isn’t entirely the case. Gone Baby Gone wasn’t Affleck directorial debut. Affleck’s directorial debut was actually a short film that he made back in 1993 called I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her on a Meat Hook, and Now I Have a Three Picture Deal With Disney. Like Argo, I Killed My Lesbian Wife takes satirical potshots at the film industry. Unlike Argo, I Killed My Lesbian Wife is kind of terrible. The acting is over-the-top, the plot is confusing, and the production values are poor (even for a student film). Watching it, you’d have no idea that its director would be responsible for a best picture front-runner 20 years later.
Warning: Video contains profanity, acting that makes Gigli look good in comparison.