Why Ben Affleck Halted 'Gone Girl' Filming

Behind-the-scenes tensions rise on the 'Gone Girl' set

by Zain ul Abedin
Why Ben Affleck Halted 'Gone Girl' Filming
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In 2014, Ben Affleck left an indelible mark on Hollywood with his stellar performance in the blockbuster hit, 'Gone Girl' Yet, a peculiar incident on set revealed the depths of his loyalty to his beloved baseball team, the Boston Red Sox.

When director David Fincher requested Affleck don the cap of the Red Sox’s arch-rivals, the New York Yankees, for a pivotal scene in which his character, Nicholas Dunne, attempts to conceal his identity, Affleck stood his ground.

The actor, famed for his roles in films such as 'Good Will Hunting,' expressed deep reservations about wearing the rival team’s gear.

Affleck's Unyielding Baseball Loyalty

“David, I love you. I would do anything for you, but I will not wear a Yankees hat," Affleck, who is married to Jennifer Lopez, earnestly conveyed to Fincher.

He further elaborated, "I just can’t. I can’t wear it because it will become a thing, David. I will never hear the end of it. I can’t do it." This unexpected standstill led to a four-day halt in production as the lead actor and director sought to resolve the hat problem.

Eventually, a compromise was reached, with Affleck agreeing to wear a New York Mets hat instead. The psychological thriller, featuring a stellar cast including Rosamund Pike and Neil Patrick Harris, captivated audiences worldwide.

Yet, this behind-the-scenes anecdote adds an intriguing layer to the film’s legacy. Affleck’s unwavering commitment to his team highlights the intersection of personal identity and professional duty, showcasing the actor's authenticity and dedication to his roots.

As 'Gone Girl' continues to be celebrated for its gripping narrative and exceptional performances, this quirky piece of trivia serves as a testament to Affleck's passion for his team and his willingness to stand up for what he believes in, even in the high-stakes world of Hollywood filmmaking.

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