I heard Matt Da­mon was orig­i­nally set to star in the role Casey Af­fleck plays in Manch­ester by the Sea. True? —Rachel W., Birm­ing­ham, Ala.

Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - Personality -

A: Ab­so­lutely true. Da­mon, 46, who is a pro­ducer on the pow­er­ful new film, was orig­i­nally cast as Lee, a grief-stricken jan­i­tor who returns to his small town to care for his nephew af­ter the sud­den death of his brother Joe (Kyle Chan­dler). But the Os­car-win­ning ac­tor wasn’t avail­able and cast Af­fleck, 41, the ac­com­plished younger brother of ac­tor Ben Af­fleck, in the role—and Hol­ly­wood is abuzz with the pos­si­bil­ity of lead-ac­tor awards that might come his way for his grip­ping per­for­mance.

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