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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Deadline published a report just a week ago — as did we — about the fact that Kristen Stewart had started talks with Warner Bros. to join Ben Affleck as the lead in Focus, a romantic comedy about two con artists. Her character is supposed to be “disarming and sexy without trying,” and shares a lot of steamy scenes with Affleck, who by the way, think Kristen would be perfect for the role as, “ she’s terrific and hopefully it will work out.” Kristen’s now confirmed the fact that this is actually happening to HuffPo, ”I can confirm that rumor,” she’s said. “It’s a comedy. I’m really excited about it. We start shooting in April.” We know we weren’t sold at all with the idea when we first heard about it, but it’s kind of growing on us now. It’ll be fun to see her in a role that’s not super intense or supernaturally inclined. This sounds like a sexy, fun, light caper of a film and it’ll be interesting to see her navigate that sort of role. Although those love scenes — Kristen’s 22 and Ben’s 40, so awkward much on set? Nah … they’re both professionals. And hot. Shouldn’t be a problem. They’ve also got a great team helming the whole project. It’s being written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who were responsible for Crazy, Stupid, Love which we really dug, so this gives us a lot of hope. What do you think of the pairing between Ben and Kristen? Do you see it as something that could really work?
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Hmmm. Ehhhh. Errrr. Something in the milk ain’t clean with this casting rumor. Variety reports that Kristen Stewart is allegedly in talks to co-star with Ben Affleck in Focus, a new romantic comedy from Crazy, Stupid, Love. directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, and it’s making one of our eyebrows slowly raise with derision. Originally starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, Focus follows the story of “a veteran grifter who partners with a girl who’s new to the life.” Much like when you find a bug under a rock or see a clown standing outside your window in the middle of the night and also you live on the third floor, this casting news is just not sitting well with us. Why? Well, let’s see: