May 29, 2017

Ben Affleck passes on “Great Gatsby” role

By Sean O’Connell Ben Affleck appears serious about his fledgling but well-received directorial career, so much so that he’s passing up the opportunity to star in a pending blockbuster so that he can direct his next picture.

Affleck reportedly has turned down the role of Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby,” which would have seen the “Pearl Harbor” star cast alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire.

Deadline notes that Australian shoot for “Gatsby” would conflict with Affleck’s plans to direct “Argo,” a political thriller that’s being produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov.

It’s possible that the length of the Gatsby shoot, and it’s Australian location, could have factored into Affleck’s decision. A family man, he might not want to be away from wife Jennifer Garner and their children.

While we’re excited to hear Affleck will be directing again, what do you think about him passing up on “Gatsby” for “Argo?” Let us know in the comments section below.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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