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Ben Affleck Extracted from Acting Hiatus by Mike Judge

Ben AffleckBelieve it or not, but it has actually been a while since Ben Affleck has taken on a headlining role in a film. In fact, his last most significant role on film is arguably 2006’s Man About Town, where he played a Hollywood power agent whose life all of the sudden just went to shit. He has had a few bit parts, including spots in Hollywoodland and his obligatory cameo in Kevin Smith’s Clerks II, but otherwise his acting career has taken a backseat to his successful directorial debut, last year’s Gone Baby Gone. In fact, Gone Baby Gone was so good that it has many people forgetting about some of Affleck’s career blunders, including Surviving Christmas, Pearl Harbor and Gigli. Alright, so maybe not Gigli.

Alas, Affleck has decided to stage a mini-comeback of sorts by joining Extract, a film written and directed by Mike Judge. As Variety reports, Affleck is in negotiations to play an ambulance-chasing lawyer in the comedy, which is about a flower extract factory owner (played by Jason Bateman) who’s dealing with workplace problems and a streak of bad luck, which includes but is not limited to his wife cheating on him with a gigolo.

The rest of the cast looks solid as well, including Clifton Collins Jr., Mila Kunis and Kristen Wiig. But for me, anything that Mike Judge touches is at least worth a look, Affleck or no Affleck. Everything from Office Space to Beavis and Butt-Head to the heavily underrated Idiocracy (yes, even despite the existence of Dax Shepard) have been solid — then again, you already knew that.

Extract begins shooting on Monday of next week and does not yet have a target release date. Of course, we’ll keep you posted.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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