Back when Good Will Hunting was blowing up for Matty Damon and the elder Fleck, I was bouncing up a Harvard Square bar with some friends.? There will never be another “Crime Zone” now that it’s been replaced by a trendy Euro-dance club.? Anyway, so we’re at this bar (no, not to go mess with smart kids) and there’s this guy hiding in the corner playing Ms. Pacman all night long.? So, obviously it falls on me to start making fun of the guy.
But you couldn’t here me over the rolling rush of whispering girls about this table of really hot guys.? And pretty soon it’s turning into the sounds of squaking flamingos because Ben Affleck is in the bar with Cole Hauser and some other dudes, including at the time relatively unknown brother Casey… who happened to spend his entire night playing Ms. Pacman.
Say what you want about Ben Affleck, but the guy at the height of his celebrity spent his entire evening signing autographs, taking pictures and smiling.? Believe me when I tell you that The Crime Zone, er, The Crimson as it was actually called, was not a bar you went to to be noticed.? For that alone, I will always defend the guy even when he makes some questionable career choices.
Lately though, he’s been laying low, raising kids with Jennifer Gardner and he’s about to make his directorial debut with Gone, Baby, Gone starring young brother Casey.? It’s based on a superb novel by Dennis Lehane.? It’s been getting great advanced buzz and we couldn’t be happier for the Brothers Affleck.
Gone, Baby, Gone hits a theater near you on Oct. 19 courtesy of Miramax Pictures.