How Does Ben Affleck Find and Create a Character?

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“I do a lot of research. I’m very research dependent. I like to find true details that help me and flourishes the character.” – Ben Affleck

In the Netflix action thriller Triple Frontier, Ben Affleck stars as a member of an elite crew of soldiers that reunites with his former comrades (including characters played by Oscar Isaac and Charlie Hunnam) to plan a heist. Though Affleck is known for directing many of his own films, Triple Frontier was co-written and directed by J.C. Chandor, which means Affleck could concentrate all his energies on acting while working on the film. To promote the film, he spoke to Collider about how he gets into character.

In Triple Frontier, Affleck portrays Tom “Redfly” Davis, who now works as a realtor after his life as a soldier. Affleck, who has played a variety of roles in his career, spoke about how he prepares to play different characters. He explained, “I do a lot of research. I’m very research dependent. I like to find true details that help me and flourishes the character. I do biographic work on the character, backstory, that kind of thing. It’s a similar approach every time, but it’s really rooted in reality. That’s what’s most interesting to me about acting, finding real behavior and making artificial behavior seem real so that it resonates with an audience.”

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