Matt Damon compares Ben Affleck’s career to Clint Eastwood’s

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Ideally Kaiser should be doing this post on the Boston premiere of The Town since two of her men are in this film: The Hamm and Jeremy Renner. She graciously offered it to me, though, as my all time favorite, Matt Damon, was there with his pregnant wife, Luciana. I get dibs when Damon is involved. Damon and Luciana were dressed casually in jeans and black t-shirts and both looked adorable. We don’t know how far along Luciana is exactly with her fourth child, but Damon told People that she’s in her last trimester and joked that he’s been dodging punches from her. He also said Luciana “looks amazing” and added “she’s been pregnant basically for more than half of the last five years and she’s been nursing the other half so I’ve definitely asked about as much as I can from my wife.”

Affleck’s better half, Jennifer Garner, wasn’t at the premiere last night. She’s been working in New York City filming Arthur, and may have had other commitments. Damon spoke to the AP and had high praise for Affleck’s directing skill. He compared his friend’s career to Clint Eastwood’s in that Eastwood also starred in a few clunkers before he became a renowned director:

Even as Affleck delivered hits such as “The Sum of All Fears” and “Paycheck,” critics perpetually knocked his performances as stiff and leaden.
The lowpoint was “Gigli,” the 2003 bomb he made with Jennifer Lopez amid the maelstrom of gossip over their romance, before he settled down and had a family with Jennifer Garner.

Then came “Hollywoodland,” which earned Affleck a Golden Globe nomination. He followed with his acclaimed directing debut on “Gone Baby Gone.”
Now Affleck returns with “The Town,” a genre-bending bank-heist thriller that is loaded with action but also heavy on gritty working-class drama and sweet romance. He directs and stars, delivering what Damon called the “best performance I’ve seen in a long time.”

“This one is really, I think, the one where people are just going to remember who he is and let all of the other stuff go,” said Damon, who shared a screenplay Academy Award with Affleck for “Good Will Hunting.” “He’s just a monumentally talented guy. In a lot of ways, I always think of Clint, because Clint was doing orangutan movies, and people weren’t taking him as seriously. And look at the second half of his career. He’s an icon. And I really feel like that’s the kind of career Ben’s going to have.”

Damon has starred in two films directed by Eastwood, last year’s “Invictus” and the upcoming “Hereafter.” So he’s in a good position to compare and contrast his pal Affleck and grand old master Eastwood.

Hearing of Damon’s high praise, Affleck smiled.

“Who needs a publicist when you’ve got a friend like Matt?” Affleck said in an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival, where “The Town” played in advance of its theatrical release on Friday. “I’ve got to pay this guy.”

[From AP via Yahoo! News]

Damon could be right – The Town looks incredible and could go a long way in resurrecting Affleck’s career. As for how Affleck handled the dual roles of directing and acting, his costar Rebecca Hall said it seemed effortless and was impressive to watch. “I couldn’t get my head around the idea that someone could think about the whole story and that [his character] at the same time, because in a way, they’re sort of mutually exclusive. But he’s so incredibly smart. His sharpness and intelligence just pervade everything he does.” I’m excited for this film. It’s out in the US on September 17, and in Germany where I live on September 23. That’s excellent news as we often have to wait over a month to see new movies. I bet it’s going to earn some great reviews and it should be well remembered during awards season.

Here are photos from the premiere featuring Matt, Ben, Jeremy Renner looking cute, Jon Hamm dapper in a twill cap, Rebecca Hall in yet another fashion failure, Blake Lively playing peek-a-boob, and Chris Cooper. I love him!

Photo credit: Fame Pictures and WENN.com

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  1. Kaiser says:

    Rebecca’s dress is ridiculous. She really has no idea how to dress – and her body is killer! That’s what disturbs me.

    Also, I want Lucy’s jeans. I don’t care if they’re maternity. I love them.

  2. Molly says:

    I thought Gone, Baby, Gone was an excellent movie. I’m not that interested in his acting career but he did a great job directing that movie.

  3. truthSF says:

    @Kaiser:

    Is Rebecca the one in that red crappy dress? If so, then I totally agree.

    And can someone please teach Blake how to pose without giving that same dumb look everytime.

  4. Kaiser says:

    Yes, Rebecca Hall is the one in the weird red/pink thing. Ghastly.

  5. Jean says:

    Blake looks great.
    As for Rebecca Hall – please try harder next time. Wearing your favorite curtain with a red plastic bag over it, is not a good look.
    The men all look fine, and Affleck hasn’t looked this good in years.

  6. ch says:

    i think nobody looks good!
    its weird

  7. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    Ugh Matt Damon shouldn’t be comparing Affleck to a legend just yet but I agree The Town looks amazing and I loved Gone Baby Gone.

    Ben looks great. Blake looks great. Poor Rebecca she and Jessica Biel could be fashion disaster sisters.

  8. Roma says:

    I was lucky enough to see The Town’s premiere at TIFF and it was amazing. I think Affleck was spectacular in it.

    Seriously, so good that I’m going to see it again as soon as it hits the theatres.

  9. Katalina76 says:

    I love his directing style. Gone Baby Gone was dark and real and gritty, and this looks to be a lot of the same, with some really great action sequences. He really surprised me with his frist effort, and I find myself rooting for him now.

    And yes, Rebecca Hall looks awful…AGAIN. Maybe she’s color blind?

  10. Leticia says:

    I apologize because my next comment is going to sound catty, but I have no malicious intent. Does Hamm’s girlfriend’s face look unusual from the side? She looks too young to have had a face lift. Yet her face looks unusual from the side. She is beautiful, and I’m not saying otherwise.

  11. mslewis says:

    I really liked Affleck in “Hollywoodland.” It was really a good movie. I don’t think he’s Clint Eastwood but he did a good job on “Gone Baby Gone.” This movie does sound interesting but, if it’s so good and people think it might get awards, why are they releasing it so early? The award movies are usually released toward the end of the year, not in September with the “throwaway” movies.

    P.S.: Damon’s wife looks really good. I seem to remember that she is due in October.

  12. scotchy says:

    who is rebecca halls stylist?
    seriously does anyone know.
    whomever they are should not NOT be doing that job any longer.

  13. P.J. says:

    I love it that Matt still wears his Red Sox cap and is loyal to his old friends. He’s such a genuine guy. Matt is the better actor of the two, but both of them are multi-talented and I think it’s a smart career move for Affleck to write and direct as well as act.

  14. Feebee says:

    I think the worst Clint movie still tops Ben’s Gigli.

    Directing seems to be his forte, hopefully he’ll have a great career at it.

  15. Riley says:

    BA was on CBS’s Sunday Morning last week and he really came across as very sweet and smart. He seemed to have a very good perspective of himself as an actor, director, father, friend, and husband. I loved it because at first he seemed a little nervous. His voice was shaking a little and seemed rather shy. I love when a guy’s guys shows a little vulnerability. I consider MD one of the greatest actors of my generation, something I would never say about Ben. But the thing is, I think Ben would probably agree. He definately seems like the kind of guy who would be fun to have a few pints with at cozy little Boston pub on a chilly night in early fall.

  16. SammyHammy says:

    The worst Clint movie tops the best Ben movie any day of the week, hands down.

    How dare he insult Clint by comparing him to Affleck? Clint is a legendary talent. Affleck isn’t even playing the same game, much less in his league.

  17. iKat says:

    Blake Lively looks AMAZING! Her body in that dress is just crazy.
    And I love Matt Damon, he is just adorable :)

  18. Kitten says:

    I was there! :)
    It was a fantastic night. Very cool to watch the movie in Fenway as basically the “pinnacle scene” was filmed inside the park. Ben gave a cool speech in the beginning and talked about how much he loves Charlestown. Renner’s Boston accent is SPOT on and Blake Lively was pretty solid even though she had just a small part.
    Anyway, it was really special because as I have said in numerous posts, I watched them film on my street a little over a year ago and in the film I got to see tons of shots of my actual street and the surrounding area. Such a neat experience! Sorry to geek out like a fangirl, it was just a really cool thing :)

  19. Canada416 says:

    Hamm’s woman looks like the Joker – she needs to lay off the botox and/or surgery!

  20. Garvels says:

    Even though I enjoyed Good Will Hunting and Gone Baby Gone was okay…….comparing Ben to Clint Eastwood is quite a leap. Clint is Clint and to compare Ben to Clint is setting Ben up for disappointment.

  21. CiCi says:

    totally agree with his assessment; he’s so extremely talented as a director – i hope this is the next chapter in his life.

  22. Tiffany says:

    I have to wonder, did someone tell Blake Lively, ‘Girl, put on some pants’ or, “Girl, enough with the low cut stuff, we know you like your breasts’. Affleck to Eastwood, I don’t know. I have read stories and seen interviews where they say Eastwood runs his set like a well oiled machine and has banker’s hours, basically a 8 hour work day. Affleck seems to like to take his time, which why is seems like forever for this picture to finish. Also, Eastwood can do no wrong and I agree with SammyHamm completely, a bad Eastwood is still a damn good one compared to Affleck.

  23. Kevin says:

    Bo-sox can suck it!! Go Rays!! I will admit, MD is pretty awesome tho. (Sarah Silverman had to write a song about bagging him after all) BA not so much.

  24. Dizzybenny says:

    Eastwood always made his movies under the budget,and all of them made money.
    Even the ones with the monkey.after all he made 2 movies with the monkey wich show it made money.Let’s remember that those movies came out in the days of Canonball Run and Smokey and the Bandit!
    And before that he had made,Outlaw Josey Wales,High Plains Drifter among others.But how can i be mad to Matt when every time i see him i think of Team America and brings a smile to my face :)

  25. angie fan says:

    I think Chris Cooper is such an under-rated actor. Loved him in “Adaptation”

  26. Poopie says:

    I love when actors compare themselves or friends to actors who have been on the scene for 50+ yrs. i guess it’s the same ones who are writing their AUTOBIOGRAPHIES at 25

  27. Fluffy Kitten Tail says:

    I have nothing to say other than there is NO comparison between the two. NONE.

  28. Kitten says:

    I think Clint is talented but his earlier work? Ugh. I dunno, I guess spaghetti westerns really ain’t my thing.
    Anyway, I have a feeling a lot of the Affleck naysayers have never even seen “Gone Baby Gone” and obviously have yet to see “The Town”. Not saying he is Eastwood yet (still has a way to go) but if his most recent two directorials are any indication, he stands a chance to follow in Eastwood’s footsteps.

  29. Jeri says:

    This movie sounds good and has a great cast, I want to see it.

    I hope it’s as good as Matt says & Ben is lucky to have such a good friend. I do think Ben is talented too. Pretty much everyone has had some flops.

  30. Tom says:

    Affleck will never, i repeat never be the legend that is EASTWOOD.

  31. Madison says:

    It’s a little early to be comparing Affleck to Eastwood after 2 movies but if he keeps making good movies he has the potential to follow in his footsteps as a director. I’m surprised jennifer wasn’t there I would have thought the home town premiere was more important than the showy hollywood premiere in toronto.

  32. normade says:

    REBECCA, GET A STYLIST PLEASSSSSE!!!!!

  33. Mistral says:

    Sorry, Matt. Ben will never be the legend that Clint is. Clint is a freakin’ icon, who has made legendary movies, and directed many critically acclaimed ones. Ben has never reached Clint’s heights in terms of acting. You need to be in iconic pictures to be an icon; starring roles in movies like Gigli, and secondary roles in movies like Shakespeare in Love, don’t cut it. I think his starring role in “Bennifer” was the closest he ever came to hitting superstar heights.

  34. Mistral says:

    On another note, Blake Lively is wearing a beautiful dress. Finally changing it up from the micro-mini…

    Did Hamm’s girlfriend have bad plastic surgery? I hear she is very talented, but her face looks like she’s had too much “work” done on it.

  35. lucy2 says:

    I don’t know if he’s so much comparing them, as saying that’s the path he thinks Ben’s career COULD take, going from acting in bad films to directing good ones.

    Gone Baby Gone was very good, and the Town looks to be as well (I’m hoping to go this weekend). He seems to put together very talented actors at least, so he must be doing something right, and I hope the film does well.

  36. IzzyG says:

    First of all, Damon and his Crobar wife look like trailer trash dressed like that at a premiere. Secondly, the way Damon’s career is tanking, he is smart to suck up to Affleck for a job. He can no longer command a large salary and he needs to keep those paychecks coming in order to support his litter and leeching in-laws.

  37. Az says:

    I LOVE Ben Affleck. Always have. In some ways, i am so sorry this movie is coming out so close to Inception because I would love, love, love for Affleck to win a Best Director Oscar or this movie – it looks that good – and I think Inception might preclude that. I also really like Blake Lively in that dress. She looks so much better when she keeps it classy and doesn’t let it all hang out.

  38. lucy2 says:

    IzzyG, are you being serious about Damon’s career? He got an Oscar nomination last year for Invictus, and prior to that his star vehicle Bourne trilogy grossed almost a billion dollars. There’s been a few flops mixed in too, but same as any actor. I think he’s doing just fine.

    I like Blake’s dress more than the stuff she usually wears, but she and a few others seem a bit over dressed for a premiere at a ballpark.

    Rebecca looks like she’s wearing a fruit roll up.