Casey Affleck’s Next Move

The Actor Stars in The Old Man and the Gun

BY: Claire Connors

The soft-spoken and emotive actor, Casey Affleck, is finishing up 2018 with a lovely, sensitive role in Robert Redford‘s latest film, The Old Man and the Gun. Based on a true story, Redford plays a lovable career criminal simultaneously robbing banks and romancing a sweet horse rancher (Sissy Spacek). Affleck is John Hunt, a world-weary sheriff and family man who is so charmed and surprised by the gentleman thief’s ethics, he grows to admire him as he closes in on him. It’s a quiet, subtle role but as with most of Affleck’s performances, the river runs deep.

Considering how his year began, this could be the role that smoothes out his recent career kerfuffle. After winning the Best Actor Award at the 2017 Academy Awards for his role in the heart wrenching drama, Manchester By the Sea, Affleck’s name was included in last year’s #metoo round up of men in the film industry behaving badly in their pasts. He has spoken openly to the Associated Press about the incident, which happened in 2010, and is clearly contrite about the situation. “Over the past couple of years, I’ve been listening a lot to this conversation, this public conversation, and learned a lot. I kind of moved from a place of being defensive to one of a more mature point of view, trying to find my own culpability,” Affleck told the AP. “I behaved in a way and allowed others to behave in a way that was really unprofessional. And I’m sorry.”

In the meantime, Affleck has finished directing his second film, Light of My Life, a survivor story about a father (Affleck) and daughter (Anna Pniowsky) trapped in the woods. There’s no release date yet for that film, and Affleck has a lot of projects in the wings including an untitled TV project with Alfonso Cuaron, so hot right now with his Venice Film Festival‘s Gold Lion-winning masterpiece, Roma. Now that’s a television series we look forward to seeing.