Casey Affleck has worked in relative obscurity as a character actor, finding his most high-profile role as one of the gang in “Ocean’s 11” and its two sequels. That near anonymity is about to change now that has deservingly earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Warner Bros.’ “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” He previously won in the same category in the National Board of Review and San Francisco Film Critics Circle yearly citations, and is also nominated in the Golden Globes and the upcoming Screen Actors Guild Awards.
“The movie is about more than just celebrity,” Affleck says. “It’s about ambition and regret, life, death. It’s about two people who are struggling with themselves more than they are struggling with each other, who don’t really see each other, who are just paying attention to their own path.”
With little information available on Ford and only a single photograph, Affleck turned to Hansen’s novel and Dominik’s screenplay for insight into the character. “I relied mostly on Andrew’s own very keen, almost intuitive and yet very well-researched understanding of the character,” he says.
“Ford was sort of a great person in the end, I think,” Affleck says. “It was this challenge of being haunted and hunted because of this one event when he was just 19 years old. Instead of caving in to the pressure, he rose above it all. He kind of transcended it. He kept on living his life. He carried on with dignity, and that’s what makes him a beautiful person to me.”
Opening soon across the Philippines, “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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