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Ben Affleck: Cool With Nudity, Vehemently Opposed to Wearing a Yankees Hat

Photo: Merrick Morton/20th Century Fox
Photo: Merrick Morton/20th Century Fox

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Gone Girl debuted at the New York Film Festival last night, exposing a chosen few to Ben Affleck's junk in profile. Affleck told MTV News that the "brief, ah, very brief nudity" was "ironic, because David [Fincher] said to me from the beginning, this is a warts and all movie. It can have no vanity. You have to see the naked underbelly of this character." Heh. Naked underbelly. Heh heh.

One wart, however, that didn't fly with Affleck was a New York Yankees hat, which offended the actor's Boston Red Sox sensibilities. He told The New York Times' Artsbeat that during a scene when he has to touch down in a New York airport, his character, Nick, attempts to go incognito with a hat. Fincher wanted it to be a Yankees hat. Affleck refused. The actor said:

That was the only fight David and I had and it was a legitimate fight. I said, "David, I love you, I would do anything for you, but I will not wear a Yankees hat. I just can't. I can't wear it because it's going to become a thing, David. I will never hear the end of it. I can't do it." And I couldn't put it on my head [...] [Fincher] said it was like it's foregone, it's destiny.
Affleck, sticking to his loyalty guns, said, "It was an uprising; it was a coup, I rioted. It was a one-man riot against the Yankees."

So to compromise after "a lot of back-and-forth," Affleck and Fincher settled on a Mets hat. "This was very Switzerland," he said.