Casey Affleck kind of went away after his successful Oscar campaign, which I think is usually a pretty good strategy for those who court the Oscar. By the time it’s given to them they’ve reached oversaturation. Not gonna lie, I haven’t missed him. But Casey has a new film with Rooney Mara coming out next month called A Ghost Story that’s been roundly praised. You can watch the trailer here and I’ll admit, I’m intrigued. Kesha plays a character in it.
Anyway, Casey went on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to do promotion. However, when it came to his “amusing anecdote” portion of the interview, Casey went in an odd direction (I realize the “odd” seems to follow Casey like an odor). At the end of his segment he mentioned he’d been in his first car accident ever and he introduced the responding officer, whom he had brought to the show with him.
“A couple days ago I was in a car accident—the first car accident I’ve ever been in my life,” the Oscar winner divulged to Jimmy Kimmel. “Officer Bivens showed up there. He responded. He was amazing. He took care of the situation.”
In fact, Bivens was sitting right there in the studio audience. “I thought it would be nice to have him along,” Affleck explained. “He makes me feel comfortable now in scary situations…When he’s there, I know everything’s ok.
While they are clearly pals now, the policeman didn’t exactly know who the actor was when they initially met. “At first I knew it was somebody who was famous, but I couldn’t put my finger on it,” Bivens admitted. “I had to google him later and I thought, ‘Holy mackerel—this guy’s really famous.”
The admission may have landed the officer in some hot water with the star. “We’re not going anywhere else together now,” Affleck quipped.
Officer Bivens saved the bit by admitting that he had no idea who Casey was until he went home to Google him. But I wonder, why did Casey bring him? Sure celebs bring people like their folks, kids or someone relevant to them or their movie along to chat shows. Maybe, because Casey’s character dies (not a spoiler) in a car accident in A Ghost Story, he thought the car accident tie-in would make this charming? Plus, I am at a wont for information – who else was in the accident? Were they hurt? Or was this between Casey and a tree? He said Officer Bivens, “took care of the situation,” what needed to be taken care of? I don’t care that much about his non-injury accident but why cut and run?
I’m sure Officer Bivens is a very nice man and would never doing anything appalling at a routine traffic stop but given the recent reminder of how police “take care of the situation” when you aren’t white, was this Casey’s best decision? Especially considering he’s not that far from controversy himself.
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Watched the trailer, but couldn’t get past the Halloween costume on the Ghost. What??
I don’t understand
I haven’t miss him.
If there’s anyone that symbolizes white privilege…smh
He is a douche, but Kimmel always brings arses white privileged on his show ( it is Hollywood douche bags safe place).
Maybe Kimmel can put in the same night Gibson, Casey affleck and Johnny depp, so they all remind public opinion how amazing is to be white male with powerful friends.
Without the beard his head looks like a skull. Freaky.
I agree… it’s the lack of visible lip that frightens me 😉
with the red face and tiny nose he looks scarily similar to hugo weaving in captain america
Pathetic douche, he desperately wants to built good pr and look relatable and accessible by bringing a cop he met 2 days ago? I really concerned about what went on the car accident since befriending a cop that “took care” of it sounds awful wrong. I’m almost sure the other part involved in the accident might not be so lucky and happy about the whole thing?
Maybe someone can answer this: Would the police officer get in trouble for going on a talk show and talking about the incident with the person involved? It is not as if Casey was drowning and the officer jumped in a lake to save him. Just seems like a odd thing for Casey to do
Well considering cops get away with murder here…signs point to no
Casey controversy aside, this is a nice story. He’s obviously very appreciative of Officer Bivens and maybe he wanted to do something nice for him, so he brought him to a taping of Jimmy Kimmel’s show. I’m not going to try to find something negative in this. Not everything is shady & suspect.
Agree. Enough negatives now!
I’d like to believe it’s this simple and nice but it does seem a bit tone deaf to talk about how nice and safe the officer makes him feel when so many people of color feel exactly the opposite. Just last night my friend was panicking again about her sons, all back men in their late teens and 20s, possibly being shot and killed for no reason.
Exactly!! Must be nice. Whereas the thought of a cop terrifies me. Literally life passing before your eyes. I worry about my husband constantly.
Was telling QQ that just the other day I got off the train after work and 2 white cops had an older black man on the ground with guns drawn.. about 15 of us stood around with our phones out and tears in our eyes to make sure he wouldn’t be another Terence Crutcher, Mike Brown, Philando Castile, Freddie Gray, etc. I literally could NOT stop crying afterwards because I can’t believe this is what it’s come to.. but those who are in place to serve and protect do NOT make us feel protected.
Oh no, AJ, that’s horrifying. I’m glad he ended up ok but holy hell it must have been beyond frightening to behold. The racism in our police force (and among many firefighters, tbh) here in Chicago is so deeply intrenched. It’s generational and I pray that someone is able to break the cycle and begin healing the very broken relationship between law enforcement and the black community.
Yea how nice that a white dude feels super safe with a cop that “took care of things” when black people might die after simple traffic stops! Gosh we are SO negative! *rolls eyes*
There’s a line that cannot be crossed and shouldn’t be when regarding such a difficult and committed job as public service and such a frivolous and shallow thing as a celebrity giving tickets to a talk show where they’re the guest, as if is a highlight in the life of a public servant to attend said talk show. The whole thing sounds tone deaf and adds to Affleck’s image as a white privileged celebrity totally out of touch with reality. If I were the cop I would have told him to fuck off. Keep your cheap tickets to Kimmel bish. Go make a donation instead to the victims of car accidents, racial profiling violence or better: sexual harassment…? hear hear
He could have got the cop and his family tickets for them to attend the show at anytime. This is circling encouraging unethical from a public servant. At work, you can be sanctioned for “fixing” something that resulted in a reward.
Please don’t misunderstand me. I was only trying to say it seemed like an act of appreciation and not a calculated PR stunt. I, in no way, was trying to discount or delegitimize the fears POC have about the police. I wasn’t looking at it from that perspective, which was extremely simplistic and extremely tone deaf. I sincerely apologize. I’m sorry.
At least Casey looks better without the awful beard.
White Man Brings Pet Cop to Show-and-Tell: News at 12!
100% over him. Adding him to the list of stars who keep me away from movies, along with Tom Cruise and Mark Wahlberg.
Everything he does now is going to be a PR-friendly, calculated move. He could have brought the officer to the taping but not had him on camera or ya know, TOLD anyone about it. But just like his brother, it’s all for image and show. Gross, narcissistic, lipless jerks.
Why does his face look so weird? It didn’t look like that in Manchester by the Sea.
I don’t like this Casey Affleck. Thanks you; Good night & Good luck.
Why is he so red?