While tons of time has been spent obsessing about Ben Affleck and his tenure as Batman these last few years, there was a time when he played another mysterious, chin-bearing vigilante: Daredevil. His one outing as Matt Murdock has become something of a punchline over the years, but it has its fans, too. In fact, in a situation that echoes some of what’s gone on with his run as The Dark Knight as of late, some would argue that the Director’s Cut of Daredevil was vastly superior to the version Fox released into theaters back in 2003.
Regardless of which cut of Daredevil anyone prefers, one thing is clear: Affleck doesn’t look back on that experience too fondly.
Over the years, he’s taken some veiled shots at the movie. That trend continues in a new documentary called Cinemability, where they’ve got an interview with Affleck in which he talks about the most interesting part of making Daredevil for him, and that was working with blind performer Tom Sullivan to hone his performance as the sightless superhero:
“One of the things that I really cared about in that movie was not just looking blind or coming across blind but knowing what it felt like. [Tom] was really patient with me and really helped me understand something I thought was really interesting artistically. I think that was the most interesting thing about the movie, frankly…which was kinda silly.”
You can see him expand a bit on the subject in this clip from Cinemability below:
Director Jenni Gold has been working on the very thoughtful documentary for several years, as you can likely tell from the fact that this interview with Affleck was clearly filmed quite some time ago. It’s full title is Cinemability: The Art of Inclusion, and it also features chats with Jamie Foxx, Marlee Matlin, Gary Sinise, Jane Seymour, Adam Arkin, William H.Macy, Helen Hunt, Kyle MacLachlan, Daryl Mitchell, Beau Bridges, Richard Donner, Peter Farrelly, Geena Davis, and more.
As someone who was once an actor, and once had to play a blind person, I can vouch for how fascinating the process of portraying someone without sight can be. I can tell you stories about the exercises and research I had to do to convincingly pull it off, but I’ll save those for another time.
Glad to hear Affleck found it similarly exciting to explore, even if it seems to be the one aspect of making Daredevil he has any fondness for.
Cinemability is now available on digital from Leomark Studios.
From Director Jenni Gold, the 1st wheelchair using female in the Director’s Guild, and released to coincide with October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month, CinemAbility reveals a compelling and often amusing look at the history of disability portrayals in entertainment. From the early days of silent films to present-day Hollywood blockbusters, this historic film takes a detailed look at the evolution of “disability” in entertainment over the last 120 years by going behind the scenes to interview celebrities, filmmakers, and studio executives.
With heart and humor, CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion utilizes clips from Hollywood’s most beloved motion pictures and television programs to shine a light on how the media impacts society and the monumental effect these portrayals have on inclusion.
SOURCE: October Coast