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Ben Affleck mouths actors' lines while directing


Hollywood star-turned-director Ben Affleck has been ordered to stop mouthing actors' lines from behind the camera after Blake Lively and Jeremy Renner called him out.

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Affleck has stepped behind the scenes in recent years to direct movies including "Gone Baby Gone" and the new drama "Argo," and he picked up a bad habit of miming the lines while his actors are working. He revealed that Lively and Renner, who both starred in his 2010 thriller "The Town," caught him and ordered him to stop distracting them.

Affleck tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "(It) is a rather unfortunate tendency ... I sometimes will slightly lip-move along with the lines of the actors. The first time I did that was on 'The Town.' During one of Jeremy Renner's close-ups, he was like, 'Can I talk to you for a second? You're mouthing my lines.' It was like, 'OK, I'll stop doing that.' Then Blake said I did it to her. ... It's a problem, and I'm working on it."

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"Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston, who appears in Affleck's latest film, admits he was also distracted by his director's bad habit, adding, "(In a scene) at the end, I could see (Affleck) mouthing my lines. I went, 'You are doing the thing.'... He gets so into (it) that he mouths."

Oct 12, 2012 9:47AM
why did I waste 30 seconds of my life going to this stupid story....
Oct 12, 2012 9:41AM
This is news? Why did I even click on it?
Oct 12, 2012 9:08AM
You know what I find interesting and refreshing about this is that it is appearing in "gossip" magazines yet it isn't newsworthy or gossip. Ben Affleck admits to this habit that distracts others and even irritates them. He admits it openly and says he is working on it - thereby attempting to change the habit. He doesn't duck and hide and go into denial because someone "called him out" - what a refreshing change in Hollywood! 
You are a REAL person Ben! 
An annoying jerk? Come on flaxon, think of some of the annoying things that we all do in life and really, truly THINK do we always make an effort to change these tiny little habits all the time or do we get insulted when someone so much as mentions them? Likely these habits do not annoy US - just others!  I know that if someone tells me I have an annoying habit, I'll work on it, but I also have to hope that a person will find me approachable enough to come to me and tell me. This story means that Ben is "approachable" - not an "annoying jerk" - otherwise not ONE person would feel like they could tell him about this habit.

Oct 12, 2012 9:35AM
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