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Affleck, for his part, lauds his co-star’s performance. Asked why he didn’t cast his wife, actress Jennifer Garner, in the part, he wryly alludes to his experience with ex-mate Jennifer Lopez in Gigli (2003), saying, “My wife is a great actress. And I would be profoundly lucky to work with her. But something tells me that people don’t want to see real-life couples together.”

He also acknowledges that he values a political context in his filmmaking. “I’m not a socialist filmmaker. I don’t think you necessarily have to have a certain ideology behind the films that you make. I’m an observationalist filmmaker, I hope. Social differences are the fabric of our lives, they’re an aspect to people’s coexistence that is often studied, and from which many conclusions are often drawn. And I think it’s in the conclusions where we find a person’s ideology. Which is why I try not to draw many.”

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