Intense public scrutiny prepped Ben Affleck for Gone Girl

Aug 14, 2014 at 4:31 p.m. ET

Gone Girl, the highly anticipated film based on the best-selling book by Gillian Flynn, has been helped by tabloid scrutiny, or so says Ben Affleck.

Affleck is no stranger to public criticism, and he most recently had to face intense backlash from fans and critics after he was cast as Batman in the forthcoming Batman v Superman.

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Affleck has been cast as Nick Dunne in the forthcoming film. Affleck will play the husband of the missing and presumed dead Amy Dunne, who gets caught up in the middle of a media storm. And for Affleck, it wasn't as hard preparing for the role as you may have thought.

"It wasn't something I had to do a lot of research for," Affleck revealed to Entertainment Weekly. "I knew what it was like to have the tabloid world paying attention to me and ascribing negative motivations to whatever I might be engaging in. I knew what it was to be cast in a soap opera I had no control over."

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In fact, one of the reasons that director, David Fincher, picked Affleck is because he knew "what it's like to be hunted" and he would make the movie stand out.

"We knew we needed somebody who was charming and could be seductive, who could be a ladies man, a guy's guy, a frat boy," the director explained, according to the magazine.

"But most important, [someone] who had the wits and experience of knowing that situation. The gift of having Ben Affleck is that this is a guy who knows. He knows what a lose-lose situation is and understands what's funny about it, however sad."

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