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Posted by kingofthebritons at on May 05, 2002 at 00:13:07:

In Reply to: Nevermind Spidey... Affleck IS Matt Murdock posted by Kevin on May 04, 2002 at 16:38:19:

: So I went back to the "Daredevil" set to see Ben in action, and I may
: be biased, but fuck - that boy is doing some of the best work of his
: career.

: And mind you, I made "Chasing Amy" with him, so that's not an easy
: thing to say.

: I think what's so interesting about his performance is that this is the
: first time he's not able to rely on his Affleck charm - the eyes, the
: delivery, the killer smile. For those of you who don't know much
: about DD, the character is blind. As Matt Murdock, Ben's in shades
: most of the time, and wearing "blind" contacts when he's not. As DD,
: the mask covers his eyes and brow completely. This prohibits our
: boy from relying on the usual tics and "Affleck-tions" that've helped
: support his performances over the last few years (the shit I'm a
: sucker for). And because he can't work that magic, he's turning in a
: performance that I've never seen him give prior to this - a very
: stripped down, no-frills approach perf that's working like mad. I was
: just blown away by the stuff I saw... and really proud. He's nailing DD
: like Reeve nailed Superman, or Keaton nailed Batman. Kudos to the
: boy.

: And kudos, also, to Mark, the director, and Ericson, his D.P. They're
: making one gorgeous fucking picture. Mark and Ben showed me a
: ton of footage they've shot over the last few weeks, and it's all
: beautiful stuff. The suit looks fantastic and the way they're lighting it
: makes it look even more bad-ass.

: And big, big props to Jon Favreau, whose turning in a really, really
: funny Foggy. I saw some flat-out brilliant takes of his that made me
: laugh out loud. He was an excellent cast.

: Haven't seen any footage of Bullseye or Elektra, but I'm going to go
: back in two weeks to watch some of the DD/Elektra rooftop fight
: being shot.

: Mark Steven Johnson's making, for my money, the best comic book
: movie we've seen since... maybe "The Rocketeer" (which, along with
: Donner's first two "Superman" flicks may be the best superhero flicks
: ever made). I apologize for my gushing, but I haven't been this
: excited over a movie I'm not really involved with since "Batman." I
: want this flick out now.

: "Spider-Man" does forty one million on opening day, there's a "Hulk"
: teaser out, and "Daredevil" is shaping up to be a pimp-and-a-half
: flick.

: Fuck, it's a great time to be a comic book fan.

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