Ben Affleck On STAR WARS EPISODE VII: "I'm Glad I Don't Have The Job"

Ben Affleck On STAR WARS EPISODE VII: "I'm Glad I Don't Have The Job"

The Argo director is a huge Star Wars fan, but while speaking to MTV at the GQ's Men of the Year event he expresses relief that he doesn't have the mammoth task of bringing a new installment to the screen. He also weighs in on one of the rumored helmers, J.J. Abrams..

As fans wait with baited breath for the official announcement of who will be taking over from George Lucas on the new Star Wars movies, the speculation and rumors will surely continue. One man who clearly won't be taking the gig is self professed Wars-geek Ben Affleck. The actor/director is definitely looking forward to the movies however. "There might be purists who are opposed to it" says Affleck, "But I think it's a very cool thing and I'm excited to go see the movie." But he also acknowledges the challenges involved in taking the reigns on such a beloved franchise, gives his opinion on one of the names rumored to be in line for the job - Star Trek helmer J.J. Abrams - and reveals what type of director he would look for..

"J.J. would kill it, he would crush it, but he would be great at anything. There are a lot of good directors out there. Naturally I would be inclined to get somebody who's great at telling stories. You're never going to be able to recapture the story that was the initial three, because it's so legendary and iconic. I don't know, I'm glad I don't have that job. It's a tough decision to make."

For the full interview click the link below back to MTV.

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Jollem - 11/14/2012, 5:36 PM
ben affleck for the next batman reboot!! :)
Tony93 - 11/14/2012, 5:38 PM
Someone should get a TROY meme..

marvel72 - 11/14/2012, 5:38 PM
star wars fans are like rabid dogs,whomever gets the job if they f*ck em up they'll be ripped to pieces.

pretty hard to be worse than the prequels but you never know.
Jollem - 11/14/2012, 5:49 PM
@marvel72 - sounds like most fans i know of, not just star wars fans :)
sexfoodcomics - 11/14/2012, 5:56 PM
It's gonna be Favrueo. It's pretty obviose.
XavierLehnsherr - 11/14/2012, 6:00 PM
Favreau is a "pleaser". Take that as you will.
Dax - 11/14/2012, 6:00 PM
I'd be down with John Favreau. And Brad Bird would do an excellent job as well. Those would be my two top picks.
jimpinto24 - 11/14/2012, 6:01 PM
Ben Affleck would be better directing the Batman reboot foe 2016.
DaCottDamnBatman - 11/14/2012, 6:03 PM
marvel72 - 11/14/2012, 6:03 PM
@ Jollem

yeah you're right,i can be like that.
DaenerysTargaryen - 11/14/2012, 6:07 PM
I have a feeling most of our fan favorites wont even consider doing the project since its such a threatening movie. I mean fans will go rabid if you dont satisfy their insanely high expectations.
CoolantTech - 11/14/2012, 6:10 PM
All of these directors are terrified of making episode 7
polarkyle - 11/14/2012, 6:16 PM
it's starting to look like no one wants this job
JULEZ13 - 11/14/2012, 6:19 PM
Dax - 11/14/2012, 6:22 PM
Can you blame anyone for being hesitant? It's such an iconic franchise, and its been wronged even by the person who fricken created it in the first place. It's a tough mantle to take on. Whoever the job goes to needs to have a passion for Star Wars unmatched by any of us. They need to care about the characters and stories and regard them more highly than Lucas probably did towards the end of his 'reign'.
HAILHYDRA - 11/14/2012, 6:50 PM
Either this is his backwards way of saying that he does indeed want the job or he is delusional enough to think that someone would ever offer it to him.
HAILHYDRA - 11/14/2012, 6:52 PM
Or both, I guess. Those two things aren't mutually exclusive.
HAILHYDRA - 11/14/2012, 6:53 PM
And on that note, keep J.J. the f#%& away from Star Wars.
SamHell - 11/14/2012, 7:03 PM
Im a SW purist. I remember my mom taking me to see Empire Strikes Back when I was little, but at the same time, I love the idea that Disney is taking over but also keeping GL as a consultant(altho he has fu cked up quite a bit in the last few years)I cant wait for this movie to happen. Please no kiddie shit either.

My short list of directors(no order)
Joe Johnston
JJ Abrams
Peter Jackson
Mathew Vaughn
James Cameron

Glad ben dont want it
teinen - 11/14/2012, 7:50 PM
Lucas said "new generation" of film makers. It needs to be somebody who "expierenced" Star Wars. Not somebody who is a contemporary like Joe Johnston, or Speilberg, or any cookie cutter big name director. It has to be somebody who has the mythology ingrained in them as a person, from childhood.

Duncan Jones or Blomkamp or somebody young who gives a shirt. Somebody who embodies the generational gap that needs to be what the new story is about.
Nighmarewalking117 - 11/14/2012, 8:12 PM
Can't we just get him on: Daredevil already? I know he said, "No." But at this point it kind of makes sense, for him to return and not to direct.
RorMachine - 11/14/2012, 8:26 PM
One of the gifs was [frick]ing up the page load so I deleted em..just in case you were wondering!
XavierLehnsherr - 11/14/2012, 8:58 PM
Matthew Vaughn better direct this.
Vadakin - 11/14/2012, 10:08 PM
I want the job but Disney doesn't know I exist.
harley2011 - 11/14/2012, 10:41 PM
Ben Affleck would be a great choice. He would sure as hell be a lot better than John Favreau.
robvillain - 11/14/2012, 11:23 PM
Just saw Argo and Affleck kills it as a director. Just as he did in The Town and Gone Baby Gone.
Parker2017 - 11/14/2012, 11:33 PM
maybe we should get Marc Webb & Mark Cassy! XD

I like Rien Johnson, or Maybe Sam Medes. Nolan will kill it. and Mendes proved he can honor and make a compelling epic to a grand franchise. in Skyfall he proved how he can honor 50 years of James bond.
KelvTwelve - 11/15/2012, 2:37 AM
Stop saying KILL IT, that's the most confusing term for nerds to use since SICK and RADICAL.
pepe - 11/15/2012, 3:02 AM
I´m glad about that to, Benjy...
Mego - 11/15/2012, 4:20 AM
Abrams directed Star Trek's reboot but that doesnt mean he would be right for Star Wars. Abram's Trek lost all of what Trek was and his Trek was like 'The Trek Teen Movie'.
Star Wars is much larger fantasy than Trek because in SW everything but the actors or the desert is an effect or set.
With Spielberg out and 2nd choice Peter Jackson sucked back into the Lord Of The Rings mythos the #3 choice would be Joe Johnston.
A Director is needed that has dealt with SCI FI pre production, green screens, massive amounts of SPFX and that rules out guys like Nolan or Affeck.
Darkhaven - 11/15/2012, 5:39 AM
No director wants the job...

...because they've seen how fans get on sites like this :D
blvdnoise - 11/15/2012, 7:28 AM
How does one post a gif file? Just upload same as pics??
SirJediFrank - 11/15/2012, 8:26 AM
Went to see ARGO last night with my brother, it was very good. the tension was there in every scene, good job by Affleck.

you may want to check this out:
10 Key Disney/LucasFilm issues regarding the near future of the Star Wars franchise:
SuperSeismicMuffin - 11/15/2012, 8:34 AM
Like many others have said/implied, nerd rage will engulf whoever lands the job, regardless of how well they actually do it.

Hopefully they grab someone who can bring more practical effects to balance with the CGI.
DukeAcureds - 11/15/2012, 10:54 AM
"He would kill it"? What the franchise? Ben would have been awesome, at this by the way. Especially if Kevin Smith was sat next to him and whispering in his ear, whilst wearing a long black cloak with a stupidly big hood.
Tony93@ I'm usually wanting to see one of Peter O'Toole in Troy "Have you no honor?! Have you no honor?!!". Mostly for DC for things like Before Watchmen and the cancelling of Action Comics and Hellblazer.
DukeAcureds - 11/15/2012, 10:59 AM
1. Joss Whedon.
2. Matthew Vaughn.
3. Joss Whedon.
4. Bob Zemeckis.
5. Joss Whedon.
6. Gore Verbinski.
7. Joss Whedon.
8. Edgar Wright.
9. Joe Dante.
10. Joss Whedon.
poop23 - 11/15/2012, 1:40 PM
I'd say the same if I was Affleck, starwars is just to intimidating of a project to take on and I would never want to take the risk of directing such an important films saga.

Aside from that, I like avengers as much as the next guy, but Joss Whedon is getting way too much credit if people think that he is better than all other directors and can take on any project we want 100% successfully.
He did a great job on the Avengers, but that doesn't make him the answer to everything. If anything he should just focus on one big project so that we can continue to have the best avengers fims that could possibly be.
DukeAcureds - 11/15/2012, 3:33 PM
He's not the answer to everything.
But he is the answer to who should direct Star Wars VII.
His only parent was that question.
He is the answer.
It is his destiny.
DukeAcureds - 11/15/2012, 3:34 PM
(Whedon that is ^ ^. Affleck, on the other hand IS the answer to everything.)

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