There’s also his latest effort, which is a headlining role in The Accountant.
The interview essentially acts as Kendrick’s audition for a role in the one of Affleck’s superhero movies.
Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people.
When Chris is hired by super-scientist and inventor Lamar Black (John Lithgow), the head of Living Robotics, to find out where $61 million of his company’s money went, Chris meets cute the film’s romantic – sort of – heroine, fellow accountant Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick). But it is Affleck who leads the way with his portrayal of a complicated man with a complex past. If I found out someone was trying to kill me and I am being protected by someone I think is a shy accountant but has an arsenal in a storage space, I would be hysterically freaked out, even if the accountant was a good looking as Chris.
I sat with a pretty permanent smile on my face throughout much of The Accountant. It’s still about projects; does the script move me? “It was more about human connections”, O’Connor says of a romance that does not follow the usual Hollywood path, “and that’s romantic and that’s intimate and you have to be vulnerable and that’s important to me”.
But that part of his life doesn’t provide the essence of “The Accountant”.
Silat is an indigenous martial arts originated and widely practised in South-east Asia, especially in Malaysia and Indonesia.
Director Gavin O’Connor’s “The Accountant” nearly seems like an excuse for Ben Affleck to try his hand at playing a math whiz for once. “To that end, Ben trained every single day in Pentjak Silat”. So that was challenging and, I guess, a little scary. You do wish that the filmmakers worked to put him at the center of a better story, but that hope ultimately also extends to wanting to see that better story to be featured in a sequel.
“Well, it’s similar and it’s different, without giving away too much”, Affleck said. It tells the story of a genius with autism. We didn’t want to sex it up or gloss over things. Though the portrayal of some of the behaviors are inconsistent, both acknowledging the myriad challenges of the disorder and making it clear that Wolff is a very real person with real emotional needs.
So it’s not as boring a movie as the title makes it out to be.
THE ACCOUNTANT (Gavin O’Connor).
And check out the official trailer to get you in the murderous mathematical mood. The actor plays a gun-wielding, small-town accountant who cooks the books for menacing mobsters. Essentially, it’s like someone looked at the “Known For” section on Affleck’s buddy Matt Damon’s IMDb page and asked, “What if we combined Good Will Hunting and The Bourne Identity?”.