Everyone and their mother knows how much Ben Affleck reps Boston. It's very much a part of him, and almost has even become a running joke. But what's great is that he makes sure that no matter what, the city is still a part of him, and that's why today for Ben's birthday, we present to you the 5 times Ben Affleck was so "Wicked Boston" that it hurt.
During the filming of Gone Girl, his character was supposed to wear a baseball cap. They tried to give him a Yankees hat, and he refused...
A funny anecdote, but it holds merit. David Fincher thought a New York Yankees hat would make sense for the scene, and Affleck refused. "'I said, ‘David, I love you, I would do anything for you, but I will not wear a Yankees hat. I just can’t,'" quotes Boston.com. Affleck grew up in Cambridge, so it would have totally become one of those "Look at Ben Affleck wearing a Yankees hat" sort of things. He'd never live it down.
Speaking of Baseball, That Losing Streak Thing...
After Good Will Hunting was released in 1997, the Red Sox lost every year on Ben's birthday. Last year, he tweeted out the following:
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) August 15, 2014
Maybe acknowledging it got enough belief going, because the Sox ended up winning, breaking the streak. #WinForBen
And speaking of Good Will Hunting, it's one of the most known movies with the Boston feeling...
The world may not know the city until actually walking the town streets, posting up in the Boston Public Garden, and watching the leaves fall on a brisk day, but this was as close to it as the world could get sitting in a theater chair. With the award for Best Screenplay, Ben and Matt Damon became household names, but as young men, they established that they were a force to be reckoned with - one that the city taught them how to be.
In a longform piece on the Oral History of the movie, Affleck said the following: "Shooting in Harvard Square was a big deal for me. It’s a quarter-mile from our high school, Rindge & Latin—and we’d go there after school, and out there to drink when we got older. It was sort of the nexus of our social life in a lot of ways. So getting to bring the circus home was a really fun thing."
Keeping the "speaking of" theme going, The Town is another movie Ben brought to Boston...
The movies twists and turns were the start of showing a side of Affleck that nobody else had seen, but at the same time, he brought much of himself to the role. Not only did he star in it, he also was one of the screenplay writers (duh). I'm sure you've probably seen it, but in case you haven't, here's why you should:
And finally, because Ben and Tom Brady are BFF4EVER...
— Mary Smith (@smitharyy) August 17, 2015
Anyone hailing from Boston who doesn't love Tom is obviously insane. Affleck joined Matt Damon and a couple other stars on Jimmy Kimmel to "defend Tom's honor" during #Deflategate - but come to find out, they are totally buds. This is not just because of that whole #Nannygate situation, but they've been linked in the past. And Matt even told E! "Just say the name Tom Brady, he'll crack into a big smile—anytime." So, right? Totally best buds. And if don't believe that... Well... finish the NSFW phrase now.
Amy Cooper is a writer and pop culture fact nerd, and on multiple occasions has been referred to as a “Walking iPod.