Here’s what the 42-year-old Gone Girl star had to share:
On what drew him to Gone Girl: “I don’t read too many airport husband-and-wife-killer thrillers, but my guess is that what set this apart is that Gillian is very skillful, obviously. And it points more specifically, more elegantly, and more directly at this theme that we all kind of identify with, on some level, about marriage, about relationships, about what we show one another. And that was adeptly wrapped in the shell of a thriller. But underneath it was something thematically more resonant than your common thriller.”
On infamously counting cards at a casino: That is a true story. I mean, that took place. I took some time to learn the game and became a decent blackjack player. And 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. There’s a lot of hospitality, backslapping, when they think you’re gonna come in and dump money, and if they think you might leave with some money, it’s like, ‘You know what? Why don’t you try craps or roulette?’”
On a fake story that his wife Jennifer Garner has had it with him: “See, that’s tabloid sh*t. That’s all bullsh*t. They completely lie. I mean, I can show you 10 articles of Star and OK!—those magazines feel totally comfortable absolutely fictionalizing every single element of the story. And there’s nothing you can do about that. My only hope is that people with any common sense recognize that those stories are false. And, I don’t know, there’re worse stories…”
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