Hometowner Casey Affleck says that he is not starring in a film based on the Marathon bombings, despite reports that surfaced in October. Affleck — who appeared at the Brattle Theatre on Sunday night — explained that while he is, in fact, starring in “The Finest Hours,” based on the book by local writers Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman, he is not attached to the adaptation of Sherman and Dave Wedge’s marathon book, “Boston Strong,” which will be released in January.
Affleck was at the Brattle for a special screening of his movie “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” Following the screening, Affleck — a Cambridge Rindge and Latin alum — took the stage to talk about the 2007 film, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for his performance alongside A-listers Brad Pitt, Sam Rockwell, and Sam Shepard. In a jovial mood, Affleck joked about the Western drama’s lack of box office success, saying, “There’s nothing more detested by Hollywood then a Brad Pitt movie that doesn’t work out.” Affleck also told the audience about the morning routine of costar Rockwell, who had the hotel room next to him during filming and would sing his lines while getting ready for the day. “I kind of felt like I was in the shower with him every morning,” Affleck quipped.
Affleck had a few colleagues in the audience, including Scottish actor Graham McTavish, of “The Hobbit” and “Outlander” fame, and Abraham Benrubi, from TV’s “ER.” Affleck, McTavish, and Benrubi, along with C hris Pine and Eric Bana, are in the midst of shooting “The Finest Hours,” based on the true story of the rescue mission of two oil tankers that were destroyed in a nor’easter off Cape Cod in 1952. Filming, which wraps in mid-December, is taking place in Quincy’s Fore River Shipyard and will soon move to Chatham. The movie is slated for a spring 2016 release.
Affleck, who is onscreen now in Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar,” said that while the “Boston Strong” rumors aren’t true, he still has plans to star in a movie about the Boston Strangler. “I love coming home,” adding that he’s always on the lookout for roles involving his geographic roots.