Ben Affleck: ‘My dialogue was dubbed in Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie’

Ben Affleck’s performance in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie was “so bad” his one line was dubbed in post-production. In one of his early movie roles, the Oscar winner played Basketball Player #10, who gets scared when another high school player be…

Ben Affleck’s performance in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie was “so bad” his one line was dubbed in post-production.

In one of his early movie roles, the Oscar winner played Basketball Player #10, who gets scared when another high school player becomes a werewolf and delivers one line of dialogue as he gives the werewolf the ball.

Affleck has now revealed the voice that can be heard as he mouths the line in the comedy horror movie is not his because the director, Fran Rubel Kuzui, decided to swap his dialogue for someone else’s.

“Apparently, I’m so bad in that movie. I had one line. It was ‘Take it’, I think,” he said on Sirius XM’s The Jess Cagle Show. “I thought it was fine and the director seemed happy.”

However, Affleck only discovered that his voice had been dubbed when he saw his fleeting scene in the 1992 movie, which inspired the popular TV series, for the first time.

“I went to the movie – I didn’t get premiere tickets or anything – and I was like, ‘That is not my voice. That is not me,'” the 47-year-old added. “Apparently the director hated my performance so much that she looped the entire performance, which was one line. But, yes, I am dubbed – in English! Thank you for bringing that memory up.”

Affleck gave the interview to promote his new movie The Way Back, in which he plays a former high school basketball star struggling with alcoholism who lands a job coaching at his old school.

He recently finished production on crime thriller Deep Water, alongside Ana de Armas, and is filming Ridley Scott’s medieval drama The Last Duel, which stars Matt Damon and Adam Driver.

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Ian McDiarmid: ‘Palpatine’s clone reveal was originally in Rise of Skywalker script’

Ian McDiarmid has revealed the original script for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stated his character Emperor Palpatine was a clone. The Scottish actor’s evil Sith lord Palpatine was assumed to have died in 1983’s Return of the Jedi and yet he made…

Ian McDiarmid has revealed the original script for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stated his character Emperor Palpatine was a clone.

The Scottish actor’s evil Sith lord Palpatine was assumed to have died in 1983’s Return of the Jedi and yet he made a surprise comeback in last year’s The Rise of Skywalker, which never explained how he survived his apparent death to make a new claim for power.

However, fans were shocked earlier this week when an upcoming novelisation of the film by writer Rae Carson indicated Palpatine was a clone inhabited by the soul of the villain’s original self, with social media users expressing their disappointment that this wasn’t established in the movie.

During an appearance at London Comic Con Spring earlier this month, McDiarmid confirmed that the clone reveal was in the original script, in an exchange between Palpatine and Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, but was cut from the final film.

“The cloning thing? Yes. Well, of course, there were all sorts of explanations for why I might return,” McDiarmid said during a panel, according to IndieWire. “But it’s interesting because at one point the script had a line in that first scene with Adam when he says, ‘You’re a clone.’ And I said in that original script, which is no longer with us, ‘More than a clone. Less than a man.’ Which seemed to me to sum it up really.”

The 75-year-old, who also played the character in all three prequel films, previously told Digital Spy that he was “totally surprised” to be asked to reprise the role because he thought Palpatine was dead, just like everyone else.

“I thought he was dead. Because when we did Return of the Jedi, and I was thrown down that chute to Galactic Hell, he was dead. And I said, ‘Oh, does he come back?’ And (George Lucas) said, ‘No, he’s dead.’ So, I just accepted that,” he commented.

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Ben Affleck goes blond for The Last Duel

Ben Affleck has dyed his hair blond for his new movie The Last Duel.The 47-year-old, who has a supporting role in the historical film, was recently photographed on the set of the movie with a bright blond bowl cut and a bleached beard, and in a new int…

Ben Affleck has dyed his hair blond for his new movie The Last Duel.

The 47-year-old, who has a supporting role in the historical film, was recently photographed on the set of the movie with a bright blond bowl cut and a bleached beard, and in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, he teased the possibility of more images.

“Did pictures get out?” he said at the premiere of his new film, The Way Back, in Los Angeles on Sunday. “We need to control that! I don’t know how that happened, but somebody’s bound to see it. Eventually I’ll release some good ones, but it’s fun.”

Directed by Ridley Scott, The Last Duel tells the real-life medieval story of knight Jean de Carrouges, as played by Matt Damon, who accuses his squire, Adam Driver’s Jacques LeGris, of raping his wife Marguerite, portrayed by Jodie Comer.

And while Affleck is focusing his efforts on co-writing the script and serving as executive producer, he was full of praise for his co-stars.

“This movie has been really fun. Really excited. Adam Driver, Matt Damon… it’s been really fun,” he gushed.

Elsewhere in the interview, Affleck opened up about the other project he was working on with Damon, his longtime friend and fellow Oscar winner. The story, which is the focus of current HBO documentary McMillions, follows the man who defrauded the McDonald’s Monopoly game for millions of dollars.

The Argo star confirmed the duo are excited to get the project off the ground.

“We’re just getting a new draft in (and) still developing it. It’s a tricky one – we gotta find the right tone,” he shared. “But everybody knows that game, everybody knows McDonald’s, everybody knows the Monopoly game and the fact that it was a huge scam is amazing.”

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Ben Affleck ‘nervous’ about filming medieval movie with Matt Damon

Ben Affleck is a little “nervous” about filming his new medieval movie, The Last Duel.The 47-year-old has signed on to appear alongside Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, and Matt Damon in the upcoming project, which is based on a true story and set in 14th cen…

Ben Affleck is a little “nervous” about filming his new medieval movie, The Last Duel.

The 47-year-old has signed on to appear alongside Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, and Matt Damon in the upcoming project, which is based on a true story and set in 14th century France.

But in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Affleck confessed that the medieval storyline, and working with armour and weapons, would definitely push him outside of his comfort zone.

“I am a little nervous. Because I have never done medieval!” the actor laughed. “It’s 1386, so it is like armour and swords and stuff like that. But it was a real pleasure working with Matt and Nicole Holofcener, who wrote the script with us.”

Directed by Ridley Scott, the film will tell the story of knight Jean de Carrouges, as played by Damon, who accuses his squire, Driver’s Jacques Le Gris, of raping his wife Marguerite, portrayed by Comer.

In an effort to settle the fight, King Charles VI sanctions a duel between the two knights – the last-ever recorded in the country.

While Affleck was previously reported to be playing one of the leading roles opposite his longtime friend Damon, he is now taking on a supporting part and focusing his efforts on co-writing the script and serving as executive producer.

And the Gone Girl star also revealed that he and Damon are revelling in being able to work with each other once again.

“(We) just kept saying, ‘Why have we not done this more often?’ We just got lucky that our schedules kind of intersected so that we had some free time to share,” he smiled.

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Harrison Ford shocked by proposal for Han Solo’s cameo in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Harrison Ford was stunned when J.J. Abrams approached him to reprise his role as Han Solo for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.The iconic character was killed by Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, Han Solo and Leia Organa’s son Ben, in 2015’s The Force Awakens, b…

Harrison Ford was stunned when J.J. Abrams approached him to reprise his role as Han Solo for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The iconic character was killed by Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, Han Solo and Leia Organa’s son Ben, in 2015’s The Force Awakens, but briefly appeared in last year’s final instalment of the trilogy, much to the surprise of fans.

In an interview with USA Today, Ford admitted he was also shocked about Abrams’ plans for his cameo, and had to remind the filmmaker that he was killed off.

“When J.J. asked me to do it, I said, ‘Are you kidding? I’m dead!'” the 77-year-old recalled. “He said, ‘Sorta dead. You can do this.’ He hadn’t written anything at that time. But he said, ‘This is going to be great.’

“So I said okay. If J.J. asked you do something, you’d probably do it too. He’s a very persuasive guy.”

The Indiana Jones actor also insisted that he agreed to come back to the sci-fi fantasy saga because he felt Solo returning as a ghost-like figure to his son Ben was a pivotal moment in the villain’s transition from the dark to the light side.

“It was a useful addition to the story and the continuing development of Adam Driver’s character,” he explained. “And the chance to do another scene with Adam was great.”

Since the movie was released in December, fans have speculated if Ford’s character was using Jedi powers to return as a Force ghost, but he confessed he had no idea what one was.

“A Force ghost? I don’t know what a Force ghost is… Don’t tell anyone. I’m not talking loud enough for your recorder. I have no f**king idea what a Force ghost is. And I don’t care!” he laughed.

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Joaquin Phoenix honours Heath Ledger in touching SAG Awards speech

Joaquin Phoenix gave a heartfelt shout out to Heath Ledger during his touching speech at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Sunday.The 45-year-old won the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role prize on Sunday for his haunt…

Joaquin Phoenix gave a heartfelt shout out to Heath Ledger during his touching speech at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Sunday.

The 45-year-old won the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role prize on Sunday for his haunting portrayal of failed comedian Arthur Fleck, who becomes the infamous Gotham City villain in Joker.

When he took to the stage to deliver his speech, Phoenix made sure he acknowledged the late Australian actor, who played the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight back in 2008 and tragically died of an accidental overdose just months before its release. He posthumously won a Golden Globe, a SAG Award and an Academy Award for his riveting performance as the comic book villain.

Phoenix, who has already won two of the same awards and is frontrunner for Best Actor at the Oscars in February, paid tribute to the late actor by saying, “Really, I’m standing here on the shoulders of my favourite actor, Heath Ledger.”

As well as his touching reference to Ledger, Phoenix used his time onstage to honour each of his fellow nominees in his category.

He opened his speech with a story about Leonardo DiCaprio, who was nominated for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and joked that he lost out on roles as a young actor to the Titanic star.

“There would always be two other guys that I was up against and we’d always lose to this one kid… every casting director would always whisper, ‘It’s Leonardo,'” he said. “You’ve been an inspiration for over 25 years to me and so many people.”

He then turned to Christian Bale, and jokingly begged him to perform badly in at least one movie, saying, “It’s infuriating. I wish you would. Just suck once.”

The star then focused on Adam Driver, who was up for his role in Marriage Story, and told him “you should be here (winning the award)”.

“I’ve been watching you the last few years and you’ve been turning in these beautiful, nuanced, incredible, profound performances. I’m just so moved by you,” Phoenix gushed.

Finally, he heaped praise on Rocketman star Taron Egerton, and told the Welshman from the stage, “You’re so beautiful in this movie and I’m so happy for you, and I can’t wait to see what else you do.”

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Jennifer Lopez dazzles in custom ballgown at 2020 Golden Globes

Jennifer Lopez pulled out all of the stops for the 2020 Golden Globes on Sunday night.The superstar, who was nominated for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture category for her role in Hustlers, turned up to The…

Jennifer Lopez pulled out all of the stops for the 2020 Golden Globes on Sunday night.

The superstar, who was nominated for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture category for her role in Hustlers, turned up to The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California rocking a custom-made white silk Valentino gown with dramatic gold and green bow detailing on the bodice.

Jennifer topped off her look with Harry Winston jewellery, a Judith Leiber bag, and had her brunette locks swept back into a plaited bun – with the hairstyle reminiscent of the look she wore in a key scene in her 2002 film Maid in Manhattan.

The actress, who lost out to Laura Dern for her performance in Marriage Story, was styled by Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn, and accompanied by her sportsman fiance Alex Rodriguez on the red carpet. Alex sported a tuxedo for the night, and in a post on Instagram, joked that he looked like the 50-year-old entertainer’s security guard.

“Head of @jlo security, reporting for red carpet duty! @goldenglobes,” he wrote.

Apart from Jennifer’s eye-catching ballgown, a major trend for the night was the colour pink.

Priyanka Chopra, who served as a presenter, opted for a stunning pastel pink off-the-shoulder Cristina Ottaviano dress with delicate drapery. She completed the ensemble with Christian Louboutin shoes and Bulgari bling.

Meanwhile, Tiffany Haddish stood out in a pink Galia Lahav dress, Isla Fisher made a statement in a fuchsia Monique Lhuillier gown, and Adam Driver’s wife Joanne Tucker sported a hot pink silk outfit with high neck and oversized sleeves.

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Joaquin Phoenix honours fellow Golden Globes nominees with expletive-laden speech

Joaquin Phoenix honoured his fellow 2020 Golden Globes nominees with an expletive-laden speech on Sunday night.The 45-year-old won the Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama gong at the ceremony for his stellar turn in Joker and used his acceptance spe…

Joaquin Phoenix honoured his fellow 2020 Golden Globes nominees with an expletive-laden speech on Sunday night.

The 45-year-old won the Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama gong at the ceremony for his stellar turn in Joker and used his acceptance speech to pay tribute to Christian Bale, Antonio Banderas, Adam Driver, and Jonathan Pryce – who were also up for the prize.

“There is no f**king best actor,” Joaquin began. “We all know there’s no f**king competition between us. I’m your f**king student. I can’t believe the beautiful mesmerising, unique work that you’ve all done this year.

“But I really do feel honoured to be mentioned with you,” he continued. “Contrary to popular belief, I don’t want to rock the boat, but the boat is f**king rocked.”

Joaquin, who went public with partner Rooney Mara on the red carpet, also thanked Joker director Todd Phillips and apologised for his behaviour while filming the comic-book villain origin story.

“I’m such a pain in the a*s. I cannot believe you put up with me,” the star quipped.

Joaquin also used his speech to draw attention to the devastating bushfires that are currently ravaging Australia and told the audience that they had to do more to help.

“It’s really nice that so many people have come up and sent their well-wishes to Australia, but we have to do more than that, right? Such a beautiful gesture, and… I have not always been a virtuous man. I’m learning so much so many of you in this room have given me multiple opportunities to get it right,” he explained.

Joaquin then told the crowd that they need to do “more” than simply express their support for Australia amid the deadly wildfires and “make some changes”.

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Adam Driver to receive prize at Palm Springs Film Festival

Adam Driver has been chosen as the recipient of a prestigious award at the 2020 Palm Springs Film Festival.The 36-year-old will be honoured with the Desert Palm Achievement Award at a star-studded gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on 2 January…

Adam Driver has been chosen as the recipient of a prestigious award at the 2020 Palm Springs Film Festival.

The 36-year-old will be honoured with the Desert Palm Achievement Award at a star-studded gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on 2 January.

Driver was chosen for the award thanks to his stellar performance in Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, in which he plays a stage director going through a messy divorce with his actress wife, as well as starring roles in fact-based drama The Report, with Annette Bening, The Dead Don’t Die, and in the finale of the Star Wars saga, The Rise of Skywalker, in which he portrays villain Kylo Ren.

“This has been a career year for Adam Driver with an award-winning role in Marriage Story, and solid performances in The Report and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” festival chairman Harold Matzner said in a statement. “In Marriage Story, Adam Driver brings raw human emotions in his portrayal of a man going through an acrimonious divorce in this powerful and moving story. For this outstanding performance, we are honoured to present the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor to Adam Driver.”

Earlier this month, the actor beat the likes of Willem Dafoe and Adam Sandler to scoop the Best Actor gong at the Gotham Awards in New York for his role in Marriage Story.

He joins the likes of past Desert Palm Achievement Award recipients including Casey Affleck, Jeff Bridges, Daniel Day-Lewis, Matthew McConaughey, Eddie Redmayne, and Gary Oldman – all of whom went on to win Best Actor at the Academy Awards.

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Annette Bening ‘enjoyed every moment’ working on Captain Marvel

Annette Bening “enjoyed every moment” working on superhero blockbuster Captain Marvel.The four-time Oscar nominee is well-known for playing complex female characters in movies such as The Kids Are Alright, Being Julia and American Beauty, and she surpr…

Annette Bening “enjoyed every moment” working on superhero blockbuster Captain Marvel.

The four-time Oscar nominee is well-known for playing complex female characters in movies such as The Kids Are Alright, Being Julia and American Beauty, and she surprised Hollywood with her role in this year’s Marvel blockbuster, opposite Brie Larson and Jude Law.

However, she confessed she loved playing the dual role of Supreme Intelligence and Dr. Wendy Lawson in Captain Marvel, and revealed it was a refreshing change to be in a superhero movie.

“It was complete, total fun,” Annette told Deadline. “Often people say it must be fun to be in movies and you always want to say yes, but sometimes it’s just not fun. Sometimes it’s just b**ody hard work. But in this case, I couldn’t have had more fun. I got to die in the dirt and I got to dance.”

The 61-year-old noted that while her co-stars, including Brie, spent months on set, she just “waltzed in and did my thing.”

“And I just had so much fun. God, that was so great, I really enjoyed it,” she added. “I just enjoyed it, every moment quite frankly.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Annette discussed her role of Senator Dianne Feinstein in the fact-based political drama The Report, which focuses on staffer Daniel Jones, played by Adam Driver, and the Senate Intelligence Committee as they investigate the CIA’s use of torture following the September 11 attacks.

She told Deadline that she signed up after her first meeting with writer and director Scott Z. Burns and is “very grateful” to be featured in the film.

“It’s very hard to make a political film that gets you in your gut. I just feel very lucky that Scott asked me to do it, and I’m very grateful to him and to everybody who worked on the movie,” she added.

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