Did Ben Affleck Turn Down The STAR WARS Director’s Chair?

That certainly seems to be what he's saying here.

You may have heard about Ben Affleck's recent appearance on HBO's newly-launched Any Given Wednesday. Earlier this week, a clip from the interview started making the rounds online, and people were shocked - shocked! - that an outspoken Bostonite would be on HBO, talking passionately about football while saying very naughty swears. I mean, can you imagine?

Anyway, that's not important right now (nor was it important to begin with). What's important now is another portion of the same interview, where Ben Affleck seems to imply that he turned down the opportunity to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Before we go on, watch it for yourself. The relevant portion begins at the 20:40 mark.

Affleck is talking about The Force Awakens, isn't he? I suppose it's possible that he's talking about Episodes VIII or IX - or, hell, maybe even one of the standalone Star Wars movies - but Simmons says "the Star Wars movie", and to me that suggests that he's referring to the one that just came out a few months ago. 

So, discussion questions. 

  • Do you think he's talking about The Force Awakens?
  • Would you be into an Affleck-directed Star Wars movie?
  • Why do you think people are so into whining about Ben Affleck?

Please record your answers in the comments space provided below this post. Use as many swears as you want.