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Ben Affleck Kindly Reminds You How Little He Speaks in To the Wonder

Ben Affleck and Rachel Weisz Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams

By now you’ll have heard about all the postproduction cuts (Rachel Weisz! Michael Sheen! Ben Affleck’s dialogue!) and dramatic voice-overs  in Terrence Malick’s latest film, To the Wonder. But lead actor Ben Affleck wants to make sure that you know what you’re signing up for: “Honestly, you have to want to see that movie — there’s hardly any talking,” he warns GQ. "It's a tone poem. If you don't want to see that, you should not go." As for Malick’s filming process, Affleck says he learned a lot as a director, but was slightly confused as an actor.

"My character doesn't really do that much. It was kind of a wash for me in terms of learning something as an actor, because Terry uses actors in a different way — he'll [have the camera] on you and then tilt up and go up to a tree, so you think, 'Who's more important in this — me or the tree?' But you don't ask him, because you don't want to know the answer."

Nobody tell Ben Affleck about Tree of Life.

Photo: Mary Cybulski/RedBud Pictures