Ben Affleck’s recent comments about director Zack Snyder’s filmmaking have left fans and critics alike buzzing. The actor spoke highly of the director’s intuitive approach to casting and his ability to stand strong in the face of outside opinions.
Speaking to a crowd of fans at a Q&A session following a screening of Snyder’s Justice League, Affleck praised Snyder’s taste in actors and the work they’ve gone on to do. He credits Snyder’s intuition as a filmmaker and says that it’s difficult to learn or teach.
“As you look at all these actors who Zack cast and how good they are and what they’ve gone on to do, it’s a testament to Zack’s taste. And his taste is very, as he says, intuitive. I don’t know if you can learn it or teach it. He has a feeling if he is, sort of, being like a filmmaker with a point of view is,” Affleck said.
One of the things that Affleck appreciates most about working with Snyder is his ability to stay true to his vision and not let outside opinions cloud his judgement. He says that Snyder doesn’t worry about what others are going to say or do, and that he has a strong opinion. This is something that Affleck finds refreshing and inspiring as an actor.
“As soon as he sees that thing that bounces off him, it’s very wonderful to work with someone who’s not clouded by a bunch of other thoughts or opinions or ‘What are they gonna say? What are they gonna do? How many followers do they have?’ Whatever it is, immediately, and listen, he has an opinion, and he has a strong one,” Affleck said.
Snyder’s approach to casting also impressed Affleck. He says that there were no “15 auditions and do a whole circus” involved in the process, which is something that he appreciated as an actor. Instead, Snyder would give his actors the bottom line about their performances, which Affleck found to be very helpful.
“And that’s kind of what you want as an actor, very much, whether it’s good or bad. ‘Are we doing this or are we doing that? You want me for the movie or you don’t?’ You know what I mean? Both are fine, I just want to know, let’s not do 15 auditions and do a whole circus,” Affleck said.
Overall, it’s clear that Ben Affleck has nothing but praise for Zack Snyder’s filmmaking. The two have worked together on several projects in the DCEU, and it’s clear that they have a great working relationship. Affleck’s comments are sure to please Snyder’s fans, who have been eagerly anticipating the director’s upcoming projects.
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