Ben Affleck has played a wide range of characters during his acting career.
There's one role he apparently will not accept.
That's the role of Yankees fan.
During the filming of his new movie "Gone Girl" a scene called for Affleck's character to wear a baseball cap to remain inconspicuous in an airport scene.
The director, David Fincher, thought a Yankees hat would work best. Affleck, The New York Times reported, steadfastly refused.
"I said, ‘David, I love you, I would do anything for you,'” Affleck, who grew up in Cambridge, told the Times. “‘But I will not wear a Yankees hat. I just can’t. I can’t wear it because it’s going to become a thing, David. I will never hear the end of it. I can’t do it.’ And I couldn’t put it on my head.”
Affleck wore a Mets hat in the scene, instead.
Apparently, he skipped that whole 1986 thing.
Now all he has to do is figure out how to end this "birthday" jinx.
The Red Sox have not won on Affleck's birthday - Aug. 15 - since 1997. "Good Will Hunting" premiered in December of that year. On Aug. 15 this year, the Red Sox lost to Houston 5-3 in 10 innings.
(HT - NESN/For The Win)
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