Count it! Man, we are like Nate Silver for celeb political careers over here. We’re not saying that we’re 100% sure Ben Affleck will run for Massachusetts’ soon-to-be vacant Senate seat as we predicted yesterday. We’re just 100% sure in our hearts he will after finding out that he went ahead and dropped out of his upcoming crime rom-com Focus. According to Variety, “while the actor very much wanted to do the film, the timing just couldn’t be worked out.” Timing, eh? Clearing his schedule for some heavy-duty campaigning and freeing up Kristen Stewart to get a younger, more age-appropriate leading man? We’ll vote yes on that!
In case you’re flummoxed as to why Ben would be diving into politics, we should probably point out that he’s actually in D.C. this week giving the House Armed Services Committee an “update on the evolving security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and implications for U.S. national security.” You know, like a politician would do. According to Variety, Ben is also allegedly focused on writing, producing and starring in his coming movie Live By Night. Not according to IMDB, he’s not, but we guess it’s possible Affleck might stick with his incredibly successful directing campaign for a tiny bit longer. Just a tiny bit.
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