On Wednesday, a @KateSpencer tweet clued me into the fact that Ben Affleck has withdrawn from Focus, a film about a young woman – played by Kristen Stewart – learning the tricks of the trade from an established grifter.
I wasn’t crushed by the news. Physically Ben doesn’t do much for me. No, not even in this picture. And while he’s become a successful filmmaker, I suspect he is…well, a schmuck.
I tried to picture some level of chemistry between Ben and Kristen, but that was an utter failure. Maybe it’s his age (40) or all of the track suits he has sported (innumerable).
Anyway. It doesn’t matter anymore.
Who should star opposite Kristen? Is there supposed to be a noticeable age gap or just a gap? Does the actor have to be American or good with the accent? How about race?
Before I could even Google Focus to see if I could find the treatment or script, I said ‘RYAN GOSLING!’ not realizing that he was previously mentioned for the role.
@eimski and @MegUrbani tweeted about Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Either of these would work for me.
Idris Elba? Also forty years old but so sexy. I’d pick him over Affleck any day.
Alex Skarsgård? He’s a few years younger than Affleck but oh-so-tall. 6’4″ compared to Kristen’s 5’6″. Is that a problem? Maybe.
Jake Gyllenhaal? I can’t say I’m into that.
Baby, Alexander Skaarsgard can never be a problem.