Ben Affleck to Play Cheating Politician 'Nathan Decker' in New Project
Having starred in 2009's State of Play, Ben Affleck is no stranger to playing a politician with an illicit secret. Now the Boston-bred actor/director is going to be stepping into a similar role as the title character in Nathan Decker, a political comedy written by Fanboys star and Crazy, Stupid, Love writer Dan Fogelman. THR has the plot which follows Decker, a politician caught in an affair who has to return home and confront his past. Though Affleck now has considerable experience behind the camera, he won't be directing this one. Currently he's in postproduction on Argo, so the WB is looking for a director. Read on!
For a while, Affleck's career was the brunt of jokes involving poor film choices (cough, Gigli, cough), but ever since he got the directing bug, he's been a lot better respected in the film world. He seems to have found his niche behind the camera, but I'm also a fan of watching the guy perform on screen. He doesn't have the star power of, say, Tom Cruise (who was once attached to the same titular role) anymore, but Affleck still has the charisma of a big time movie star and I'm interested to see the balance he strikes between acting and directing for the rest of his career. He was solid in State of Play, and I imagine after working with Kevin Smith a few times, he'll be just fine with a lead comedic performance here.