The inspiring story of helpless basketball The way back It will hit theaters this weekend. Movie stars Ben Affleck as Jack Cunningham, a former high school basketball star who gave up his opportunity for a future in the game, only to be offered a coach position in his alma mater in the hopes of bringing the troubled team to glory . This looks like a great movie. But it almost wasn't done.
They were taking off the movie during the period when Affleck went to rehab for his alcohol addiction. The movie director, Gavin O'Connor (Miracle, Counter), who co-wrote the film with Brad Ingelsby (Out of the oven), I did not know if the film was destined to move forward, since the schedules would have to be modified, and it was unknown if Affleck would return to make the film. But it was done, and O & # 39; Connor says it's thanks to Affleck's ex-wife, actress. Jennifer Garner.
O & # 39; Connor told 34th Street:
“So, what happened was that, just when we started preparing the movie, Ben fell out of the car. So he ended up going to rehab, and he didn't know if the movie was over. The studio certainly thought the movie was over. His ex-wife Jennifer Garner called me and told me that when he went to rehab, he took a basketball with him. She said: "Gavin, he's asking you, please don't disconnect the movie, he really wants to do this."
He then explained that he met with Affleck after a week in detoxification and decided on the following steps for the film:
We spent half a day together and discovered a way to do this that works for him, because the most important thing was that he needed to recover and that his sobriety be routed. That surpassed everything. And then the day came out before we started shooting. So we had a very crude and vulnerable guy who appeared on our first day of filming.
He also talked about the fact that the character Affleck portrayed was a recovering alcoholic, and that it was a very crude and real representation that it was difficult to see Ben had to do. But it was a beautiful performance. He said:
It's almost a counter-intuitive thing with acting, because it's making scenes that were obviously painful. Really intense and dark, gloomy and suffering. And capturing that, seeing him do that was difficult at times, but it was also euphoric, because that is your job as an actor, it is to access these emotions and go to places that are honest, deep and truthful. So, it always felt really good, although it was painful, because he was doing his job really well.
It seems like it was a complicated movie for someone in recovery. But maybe because he was in the middle of the treatment and had the tools at his disposal, it was safer than if he wasn't there. I'm glad Affleck has received the help he needed, and I hope he can continue taking care of himself.
The way back It's in theaters everywhere. Have you seen the movie yet?