Details goes to even greater lengths than usual to make Ben Affleck seem cool in introducing an interview with Affleck and director David Fincher to promote their new collaboration, Gone Girl. The writer quotes Affleck reading aloud a review of Fincher’s Fight Club (1999) and notes that the actor adds his own–wait for it–exclamation points! “The guy can improvise,” we’re told–exclaiming being so uncommon among actors. But anyway, there is a good part.
Affleck confirms rumors that he’s been banned from a few Las Vegas casinos for his alleged blackjack prowess. The thing about casinos is that no one has a right to gamble in them. It’s a privilege, sort of, for which you pay your vig in very bad odds. And if you’re good at playing, as Affleck was, the casinos just tell you to take a hike. Because they’d much rather wait for another sucker who’s not so good. As Affleck tells it: “Once I became decent, the casinos asked me not to play blackjack. I mean, the fact that being good at the game is against the rules at the casinos should tell you something about casinos.” Something anybody with a brain should already know. The odds are, you know, strongly with the house.
Here’s some Gone Girl swag, because Ben is trying to educate us and we appreciate it: