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July 10, 2011

Where the Heck is Casey Affleck?

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Gone-Baby-Gone-movie-04 I watched the movie "Gone Baby Gone" starring Casey Affleck last week.

I'd seen it before, but not for a couple of years and it got me to thinking, where the heck is Casey Affleck!?

"Gone Baby Gone" is an excellent thriller about the hunt for a kidnapped girl, but what really hits it out of the park is Affleck's performance.  He delivers a lot of his lines in a low-key, Boston accented mumble, but he carries the movie from beginning to end.

Despite Affleck's slightly build, he brings a toughness and sensitivity to the role that more well known actors might have overplayed.

Affleck's other notable role was in "The Assassination of Jesse James," which earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination in 2008, but since then--nothing.

Yeah, he directed that mockumentary about brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix's weird patch a couple of years ago, "I'm Still Here," and he's in the midst of a couple of sexual harassment cases, but as far as another big screen hit, nothing.

Affleck's next big movie is scheduled to be released next year, a Ridley Scott period piece, "The Kind One."  I guess 'til then I'll have to hunt down "The Assassination of Jesse James" and wait patiently.

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