Ben Affleck claims ‘Gone Girl’ satirizes cable news’ true crime obsession


Here are some photos from Friday night’s New York Film Festival premiere of Gone Girl. The Batfleck was there, of course, as were all of the ladies of the film. Actually, looking through the photos… every major and supporting cast member came out to support the film. That’s always nice. As for Ben Affleck… his wife didn’t come. But they do that a lot – I can’t remember the last time they walked arm-in-arm to show support on a red carpet. That being said, Jennifer Garner usually makes a point of coming to Ben’s premieres, she just doesn’t walk with him. I guess she didn’t want to fly to NYC. Plus, it’s a festival premiere, not a real premiere.

Ben spoke to Page Six on the red carpet, and he ended up talking about cable news’ obsession with “white women in distress” and how true-crime stories have become a lucrative (and macabre) cottage industry. Affleck said:

“This particular satire, I guess, is about the cable media, the way it wants to find sensationalism and use that for sanctimony and it kind of creates a story if it’s not there and how every American could kind of reel off the names of the last 10 killers that were famous,” he told reporters Friday at the New York Film Festival premiere of the 20th Century Fox release directed by David Fincher.

But trying to list some famous accused murderers, Affleck seemed to blank, saying, “Like Amanda, uh, Stacey? Amanda Knox . . . What’s his name who killed his wife? Scott Peterson?” before continuing, “A part of our culture has kind of become addicted to that.”

[From Page Six]

Just because the Batfleck doesn’t have a list of examples at his fingertips doesn’t mean he’s telling lies. The Amanda Knox story, the Casey Anthony case, the Lacey Peterson stuff, the Natalee Holloway case and on and on. Young white women with a sexual component to the story and it all gets sensationalized to a ridiculous degree. I wish the Batfleck had explained it better.

Fashion photos…Reese Witherspoon (the producer) wore Calvin Klein. Rosamund Pike wore Altuzarra (it’s a two-piece). Emily Ratajkowski looked nice, almost conservative.




Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Jessica says:

    Well I thought he looked stoned in the header image, and the interview just confirmed it.

  2. Aussie girl says:

    Bens eyes look funny in the first pic.

  3. Abbott says:

    So glad Rosamund is finally getting her due.

    Holy hell, Blurred Lines lady….

  4. Alergnon says:

    That’s what I got from the book. I didn’t love as much as people told me I would (I got bored through the middle and thought the rotating narrators was a dumb gimmick), but I did like the ending a lot because I thought it was a pretty spot-on satire of how the media creates a narrative and will not deviate from that narrative even if evidence suggests the real story is something else altogether. I also liked that it shaded the mall moms for always buying the narrative that the wronged wife is right no matter what.

  5. Birdix says:

    Look the Amal elbow glued to her side has become a thing–can that woman even move her arms or is that dress also a straightjacket?

  6. jinni says:

    These stories may get sensationalized, but I am sure there are plenty of families of missing women and children of color or men (because men of all races that go missing are ignored) would love for their loved ones to get all of the attention those women stories got. Plus l am sure those murdered women’s families appreciated that someone was trying to look for them and get their loved one some justice even if the media turned things into a circus atmosphere.

  7. Candy Love says:

    “I can’t remember the last time they walked arm-in-arm to show support on a red carpet.”

    2012 for Argo she went to almost all of the red carpet events. Remember that because it was out of the norm for them and people and blogs were calling them out for how much chanpaning they were doing.

  8. FingerBinger says:

    Ben looks so odd. He looks like he’s trying push out a fart.

  9. Mischa Jane says:

    I read this book finally over the weekend. I loved it, but I hated the ending. I do want to see the film. I think Rosamund looks like I pictured Amy to look.

    • doofus says:

      Mischa, if you don’t mind spilling, what did you hate about the ending? I’m asking because I kinda feel like you do. I loved the book but hated the ending. I wish that things would have wound up differently for both Amy and Nick.

      • Petee says:

        Because it wasn’t realistic at all.Any person in their right mind would not forgive anyone for putting them through that for any reason at all.Baby or no baby.In the movie it didn’t seem like they really loved each other.He was fooling around with another woman and she just seemed hell bound on revenge.I enjoyed the film but the ending was so anticlimactic.The audience leaving were really disappointed.

    • lucy2 says:

      Most people I know didn’t like the ending.
      The first time I read it, I felt like they kind of both deserved how they ended up, but reading it again recently, I felt bad for him. Either way, while it might not be audience pleasing, I kind of liked that the author chose to go with it.

      • Isabelle says:

        Really liked the ending because it was so atypical of every other mystery or suspense novel, which tends to tie up the ending in a pretty ribbon. Its one of the main reasons I ended up liking the book. It was shocking to first read at first but after thinking about it, grew to like it a lot. The ending scared the crap out of me & she dared to write it, probably knowing people wouldn’t like it. If the ending is kept the same in the movie, can’t wait to hear the audience despair at the end of it hahaha.

    • CG says:

      I really disliked the entire second half of the book. The Ozarks robbery in particular made me want to throw the book against a wall and tear my hair out. I mean I get why the author made the plot choices she did, I just don’t think she pulled it off successfully.

  10. Birdix says:

    Reese has resting smug face.

  11. Lori says:

    “Rhat guy the killed his wife? Scott Petersen?” Ben has referenced that man in several interviews. And now he cant remember his name. F off batfleck

  12. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Ben’s face looks different. It’s not just the eyes…did he get work done?

  13. joy says:

    He looks like a constipated funeral director in that header shot.

  14. gurll says:

    Why did they have to change the gender of the black female character? Tyler Perry, really? UGH

    • T.C. says:

      Well you know Hollywoid is not into showing powerful, intelligent, sexy dark Skinned women married to White big shot powerful men. So of course they had to reverse it to the stale narrative of a powerful successful Black man married to a white woman. Not surprise but very disappointed in Fincher one of my fave directors .

    • andypandy says:

      This is quite annoying there are so very little movie roles for Black Women in Hollywood and EVEN when the SOURCE Material or inspiration is a black woman they change the race or gender or cast the whitest looking black women they can find ….UUGHHHHHHH!!

    • Steph says:

      Tyler Perry plays Tanner Bolt, a white male in the book. I assume the character is white because the book describes his spray-on tan.

  15. Beep says:

    He looks like he’s having a hard time keeping his eyes open. Never realized how leanne rimes/Eddie cibrian like his eyes are.

  16. MrsBPitt says:

    Gone Girl is getting really good reviews on Rottentomatoes, and the reviews are saying that Ben and Rosemund are excellent, as is the supporting cast! I can’t wait to see it!! GO BEN!!!!

    Oh, and he is so right about the true crime obsession. Here are two words for you: Nancy Grace

  17. kri says:

    The ladies all look good-have liked Rosamund for a long time and I am really excited to see her performance. Ben looks alomost as glazed as a KimK donut.

  18. luana says:

    all I have to say is : why nobody is talking about how hungover Ben looked at this premiere. that’s booze bloat and who knows what else, but sure this guy is having a hard time

  19. Jessica says:

    Am I the only one who really hated the book and every single character in it? I’m guessing they’re going to make them a tad more sympathetic and likable so people might actually give a s&!t about at least one of them.

  20. Cfab says:

    I heard Ben interviewed on the red carpet at this event. He said he was sick and that his kids were sick. Which may be why Jen wasn’t there. Plus she’s been doing her own press for the Alexander movie.

  21. Laura says:

    AGAIN with the Scott Peterson! I swear, he’s obsessed, it’s like it’s the only murderer he knows.