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.
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.