IN THE SPOT­LIGHT

Casey Af­fleck on new film, his Os­cars ab­sence and #MeToo

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - KICKOFF/FROM THE FRONT PAGE - Pho­tos and text from wire ser­vices

LOS AN­GE­LES — With a new movie com­ing out this fall, “The Old Man & the Gun,” Casey Af­fleck is speak­ing pub­licly about bow­ing out of pre­sent­ing the Best Ac­tress Oscar and past ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions against him amid the#MeToo and Time’s Up move­ments.

AP: What do you like about this film?

AF­FLECK: I love David (Low­ery), I love work­ing for David and it’s my third movie with him and he al­ways as­sem­bles a re­ally nice group of peo­ple around him. It’s such a nice ex­pe­ri­ence to watch one of his movies. They all have a very gen­tle qual­ity to them . ... And Robert Red­ford, what is there to say? He’s a leg­end, an in­cred­i­bly sweet guy and just sharp as a tack. It was lovely work­ing with him.

AP: What have you been up to in the last year?

AF­FLECK: I made “The Old Man & the Gun,” I made an­other movie called “Light of My Life,” and I’ve just been spend­ing the rest of the time with my kids and my girl­friend and just try­ing to squeeze in a lit­tle bit of life. And if I’m not pro­mot­ing a movie, I’m not go­ing to do any press, so that’s why you haven’t heard from me.

AP: You also ear­lier this year made the de­ci­sion to step away from pre­sent­ing the Best Ac­tress award at the Os­cars. Why did you do that?

AF­FLECK: I think it was the right thing to do just given every­thing that was go­ing on in our cul­ture at the mo­ment. And hav­ing two in­cred­i­ble women go present the Best Ac­tress award felt like the right thing.

AP: Dur­ing your best ac­tor Oscar cam­paign for “Manch­ester By the Sea,” al­le­ga­tions resur­faced re­gard­ing two civil law­suits from the mak­ing of your film “I’m Still Here,” that were set­tled in 2010. But we haven’t heard from you since #MeToo and Time’s Up be­came a big talk­ing point in the cul­ture. Has that made you re­flect on or reeval­u­ate any­thing about the ex­pe­ri­ence or the at­mos­phere on that set?

AF­FLECK: First of all, that I was ever in­volved in a con­flict that re­sulted in a law­suit is some­thing that I re­ally re­gret. I wish I had found a way to re­solve things in a dif­fer­ent way. I hate that. I had never had any com­plaints like that made about me be­fore in my life and it was re­ally em­bar­rass­ing and I didn’t know how to han­dle it and I didn’t agree with every­thing, the way I was be­ing de­scribed, and the things that were said about me, but I wanted to try to make it right, so we made it right in the way that was asked at the time. And we all agreed to just try to put it be­hind us and move on with our lives, which I think we de­serve to do, and I want to re­spect them as they’ve re­spected me and my pri­vacy. And that’s that.

AP: I know you talked last year about tak­ing your kids to women’s marches and try­ing to ed­u­cate them. Is there any­thing that has come up since #MeToo and Time’s Up emerged in the cul­ture?

AF­FLECK: Well I’ve taken these lessons with me that I’ve learned not just to work but to home and as dad and it in­forms how you par­ent. I have two boys so I want to be in a world where grown men model com­pas­sion and de­cency and also con­tri­tion when it’s called for, and I cer­tainly tell them to own their mis­takes when they make them.

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