Ben Affleck’s time in Detroit resulted in a heavy impact on the actor.
Speaking by phone from Detroit about his latest film, “Gone Girl,” he took some time to talk about living here during the months-long shooting.
What does he think of Detroit so far? “I love it. It’s made a big impression on me,” says Affleck. “I went and toured some of the car factories. I was really kind of moved by how American industry is actually employing American workers here in Michigan, that it’s really happening, I saw it with my own eyes.”
Like many native Detroiters, Affleck is showing those emotions through his vehicles.
“I went and got a Ford and got a GM car and traded in Japanese cars that I had,” he says. “I know there are Japanese cars built in Kentucky now, and the world’s a complicated place and so on. It felt right. It felt right to contribute to the economic well-being of this area.”
Affleck has been exploring the region with his wife, Jennifer Garner, who is busy promoting her new film “Men, Women and Children,” which opens locally Oct. 10. The couple celebrated nine years of marriage with dinner at Royal Oak’s Bistro 82 in June.
“They also crashed a Superman-themed children’s party (with the host’s permission) when they made an impromptu stop with their son, Samuel, to Southfield’s Detroit Kid City play center in July.
And in August, Affleck wore a T-shirt emblazoned with “Detroit City” during his ALS ice bucket challenge video that featured Garner.
More recently, they’ve visited the growing Midtown Detroit shopping scene. “I went down to Shinola and me and my wife got bikes and drove around,” Affleck says.
Known for being politically aware and an activist for humanitarian causes, Affleck talks about Detroit both in personal terms and as a place that deserves more national attention for its economic struggles.
“It’s been really inspiring to see ways that people here are working and plugging away and rebounding and dedicating themselves to the city. There’s this whole kind of spirit here of, ‘Hey, we’re on the comeback’ kind of thing.”
The actor also spoke about how we could and should do more for the residents in a collective fashion. While I’m not a proponent of government policy to save everyone there I certainly believe that a voluntary effort from many of us can do more than we think.
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