Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones Join Company Men
by Alex Billington
March 19, 2009
The cast of John Wells' The Company Men has gained a few more big names. Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones will star alongside of Ben Affleck in the drama about the impact that corporate downsizing has on both its casualties and survivors. Long-time producer John Wells wrote the script and will make his directorial debut. Affleck plays a corporate hotshot whose Porsche and salary vanish after he gets laid off. Costner plays his brother-in-law, a drywall installer who gives him a construction job. Jones plays a senior partner in the firm, a principled man who struggles with the greedy actions of his partners.
The last, and only, time we saw Costner and Jones together was in Oliver Stone's JFK in 1991. It'll be great to see these two, and Affleck, working together again, although as I've said numerous times before, I prefer to see Affleck behind the camera, not in front. The Company Men is a completely independently financed production, without any studio involvement as of the moment, but it's sure to gain a lot of attention with this kind of high profile cast. I actually like the sound of it a lot, I just hope it's as brilliant as something like Michael Clayton and not as boring as your standard indie drama. Production begins in April in Boston.
Reader Feedback - 7 Comments
Sounds great! I have a soft spot for Kevin Costner even though his ego rivals mine. 🙂
Boxoffice Marco on Mar 19, 2009
Alex.. you still havn't seen "knowing" ? any early thoughts ?
suresh on Mar 19, 2009
It'll be cool to see Costner and Jones together. I couldn't care less for Affleck, though. He's a good director and acting is ok but I'm checkin' this flick out for Costner and Jones!
Spider on Mar 19, 2009
Fantastic news about Costner and Tommy Lee Jones. We all know Jones is great, but Costner is underrated (watch the director's cut of JFK and an early movie of his called Fandango, for prime examples of his range). The only fly in the ointment? Affleck. I just can't stand him. Hopefully there will some kind of scheduling conflict and he'll have to drop out...
Mathieu on Mar 19, 2009
Don't be so harsh on Affleck guys, this sounds similar to Boiler Room where he did a phenomenal job as a corporate fat cat. I agree that I enjoy his work behind the camera more, but in the right roles he does a great job.
peloquin on Mar 19, 2009
Fair enough, because Gone Baby Gone was phenomenal so it's hard to follow that as an actor when everyone's saying you should stay behind the camera. I'm sure he's acting because he has plenty of fame and money now and he just enjoys being told what to do every once in awhile rather than having the whole production fall on his shoulders. I've just always supported everything Affleck does because he's one talented guy. I respect anyone who can handle multiple roles on a film (producing, directing, writing, acting), and I've been following The Town lately and have gained a lot of respect for Affleck due to that project. Not to mention Kevin Smith is constantly going to bat for him and I respect that man's opinion more than anyone in Hollywood. If you want to read more about my thoughts on Affleck as well as other Boston bred film makers head over to: http://iconocritic.com/index.php/the-boston-film-phenomenon
peloquin on Mar 19, 2009
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