A few weeks ago, we heard from Terry Gilliam, who came to the defense of Matt Damon (RIP), after claiming that he had been “beaten to death” by MeToo mobs. Now, Kenneth Lonergan — director of one of my favorite movies You Can Count on Me and one movie I’ll never watch again, Manchester by the Sea — has weighed in on the treatment of Casey Affleck.
“I couldn’t be more all for the #MeToo movement and I couldn’t feel more strongly that he’s been treated abominably,” Lonergan said of Casey Affleck, accused by two women of sexual harassment while filming I’m Still Here (Affleck settled the lawsuits, which were asking for a combined $4.25 million). “People really don’t know what they are talking about, I’m afraid,” Lonergan added. “And I’m afraid they are doing it in the name of a very good cause.”
Poor Casey Affleck, who will no doubt be relegated to the same fate as Matt Damon (RIP). The career of Casey Affleck — limp and bedraggled after being treated so abominably — will have to settle for playing Meriwether Lewis in the TV miniseries Lewis & Clark; starring in Old Man and the Gun with Elisabeth Moss and Robert Redford; writing, directing and starring in his own movie, Light of My Life, working with Alfonso Cuaron in another film; and possibly starring in Red Platoon from director Daniel Espinosa.
It’s like he’s been blacklisted!
I don’t know how he’s going to survive the setback. If it gets much worse, he’ll have to star in a $200 million Disney franchise alongside Johnny Depp.