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Matt Damon Defends Ben Affleck as Batman, But, Umm, Throws Shade at the Character

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | August 28, 2013 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | August 28, 2013 |

Because Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are inextricably linked, whether they like it or not, whenever something happens to one, the news media wants to know the opinion of the other. Over on The Times of India, Damon finally spoke to Affleck’s casting as Baan, and he was absolutely supportive.

“I think it will be great. 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.”

That was a fun, backhanded compliment, wasn’t it? It’s just a silly superhero character, y’all! It’s not like it’s King Lear, which would actually be challenging for Affleck? But not Batman! He just has to sit there and growl. ANYBODY CAN DO THAT.

He’s not wrong. He’s also not wrong that Affleck would make a great Bruce Wayne. Didn’t you see him in The Boiler Room?

As for whether Damon will play Robin to Affleck’s Batman, well, see, that’s just silly.

But as perfect — and obvious — as it would be for Damon to then play Robin to Ben’s Batman, the actor laughs it off. “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 Ben’s on Batman’s]. It was really funny. But it’s safe to say I won’t be Robin.”

Here’s my question: In the Man of Steel sequel, who gets top billing? Henry Cavill or Ben Affleck?

If you’re curious, Matt Damon — who is India supporting Elysium — also loves Indian food.

“I’ve been eating nothing but Indian food since I landed. I love it! That’s kind of a luxury for me, eating all the local food,” he says. As he struggles to pronounce the names of dishes, he declared, “I just love anything that’s curried. I love spice too. I like it a bit hot.”

(Source: Times of India via Uproxx)

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