When it comes to evaluating Ben Affleck’s acting ability, Matt Damon isn’t exactly in the most objective position. After all, the two actors have been good friends since childhood, have appeared in multiple films together, and co-wrote the screenplay for Good Will Hunting together, an accomplishment which landed the duo an Oscar. So it goes without saying that anything Damon says publicly about Affleck is probably going to be pretty positive.
Nevertheless, Damon launched a fairly effective defence of his friend in an interview with The Times of India. Asked about the enormous Internet backlash surrounding the announcement that Affleck would play Batman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel, Damon had this to say: “It will be terrific. I know there are a lot of people grousing on the Internet. I just think it’s kind of funny. You know, he’s not playing King Lear. It’s Batman! Certainly within his skill set. If anybody saw Argo or The Town, and all the work he’s been doing lately, it’s way more nuanced and interesting and way more difficult than Batman! Batman just sits there with his cowl over his head and whispers in a kinda gruff voice at people. Bruce Wayne is the more challenging part of the role, and Ben will be great at that.”
When the Affleck/Batman news first broke, many automatically assumed that it meant that Damon would be playing Robin. But Damon has helpfully set the record straight on this matter: “I am a little older than Ben. I never saw Robin as older than Batman. Somebody sent me a picture actually [of his face photoshopped on Robin’s body and Affleck’s on Batman’s]. It was really funny. But it’s safe to say I won’t be Robin.”
For the complete interview (which also includes Damon’s thoughts on spicy food as well as his response to critics who accuse Elysium of being too preachy), click here.