Ben Affleck comes across as a pretty polite guy the majority of the time but he has absolutely no problem taking on roles that involve tapping into a deeper level of anger. In the past he has mentioned having some anger management issues and that he has used them to help connect with some of the seedier characters that he has chosen to play. Affleck's next film is the hotly anticipated Gone Girl, based on the book of the same name that borrows loosely from the real-life Scott Peterson case. Affleck is also digging in deep for his upcoming role as Batman.
In a recent interview with London's Sunday Times Affleck discussed the suppressed rage that Batman is supposed to carry with him.
"I think it's a necessity, historically, in the tradition of these films. For me, anger is so deeply buried and contained that when it does kind of come out, it comes out in stronger bursts. I tend to be respectful, polite, get along, put up with, put up with, put up with ... then, when it finally emerges, it's not something I have a ton of control over. I'm not gonna go into a Wolverine berserker rage, but I do have a, I do... That is an interesting thing that you point out. That's my personality... By the way, that's a character flaw, I think."
Affleck has never exactly been one to shy away from discussing his flaws in print. So much so that Kanye West has even referenced Affleck's ability to over share. It's interesting that the actor appears to be a bit hard on himself for the issues that he has but when it comes to being dissected by the media, that doesn't seem to phase him. When first cast as Batman many fans of the franchise couldn't wrap their heads around why Affleck was chosen but as long as he could envision himself doing the role justice then all he had to live up to was the high bar that he had set for himself.
Do you like when an actor of Affleck's caliber isn't afraid to share his own darker side, especially when that side is what helps him to breathe life into some characters?