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Ben Affleck on Batfleck Backlash: ‘I Handle Sh*t’

2 Mar

No one was surprised when the Internet erupted with an onslaught of hate when news that Ben Affleck was cast as Batman in the new Man of Steel sequel. Well, no one except the actor himself.

The two-time Oscar winner sat down for an interview on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Monday night and spoke candidly about his reaction to the fallout from the casting announcement, saying that despite being a “big boy,” he still wasn’t prepared for just how harsh the Internet could be.

“[Warner Bros.] said, ‘Just don’t use the Internet for a couple days,’ and I said, ‘I handle sh*t. I’m very tough,'” he said. “So I saw the announcement, I look on this thing, I look down at the first comment – it’s like, ‘Ben Affleck is going to be Batman,’ – the first one just goes ‘Nooooooo!’

“So we’re going to be luddites for a while, kids,” Affleck added, chuckling.

But fans of Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight can breathe a sigh of relief as Affleck confirmed that his take on the Caped Crusader will be nothing like Christian Bale‘s.

“Obviously, you can’t do what Chris and Christian did,” he said. “Those movies are amazing, and he wanted to do something different and still in keeping with that. And so I thought, this is a brilliant way to do this, and I really want to hook into this.”

Don’t worry, Ben, at least you’ve got Joss Whedon and Matt Damon‘s support on this.

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7 Best Action Movie Beatdowns Of 2013

21 Feb

Warner Bros

Warner Bros

We go to action movies for one thing above all else: the action, which of course can include gratuitous violence, righteous killing, and memorable beatdowns. And it is the latter of that lot that we will focus on in this look back at the bloodiest fight scenes of 2013.

But fighting is not enough to qualify on this list: for a beatdown to really land its haymaker punches, it has to involve a total loss of inhibitions and style – for one or both of the combatants to lose themselves entirely in the violent moment, and dole out a beating to their opponent. It is sharp, bloody violence and bone-crunching authenticity that makes those scenes stand out most.

It’s watching people take a beating no person should ever take or watching two men or women revert back to pure animal instincts to pound some sense into one another. Scenes like the first fight between Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in Fight Club or when Sylvester Stallone is demolished by Steve Austin at the end of The Expendables – or in other words, the movie fights where you feel every punch with visceral impact.

These beatdowns are usually so brutal and pack so much emotional weight that it’s almost refreshing to walk away from them, and we have compiled the best examples from 2013 films.

Naturally, there will be some spoilers involved.

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