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Remember When Ben Affleck Shut Down 'Gone Girl' Because He Didn't Like A Hat?

It's the one role Affleck will never play.

Ben Affleck has played many different roles throughout his career: a superhero, an astronaut, a school bully. But there is one role he will never play – even if it means shutting down production on a film set – and that’s a Yankees fan. 

Affleck thinking about the Yankees. Credit: Giphy

Back in 2014, Affleck was starring in the psychological thriller Gone Girl alongside Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tyler Perry. The film was a box office success and even racked up 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, but behind closed doors, not all was well.

Affleck in Gone Girl. Credit: Giphy

During filming, director David Fincher asked Affleck to sport a Yankees hat for a scene in which his character, Nick Dunne, was attempting to disguise himself at an airport. What might seem like a reasonable request when shooting a film was absolutely abominable to Affleck.

Affleck in the hat. Credit: 20th Century Fox

“I said, ‘David, I love you, I would do anything for you,’” the actor told The New York Times in a 2014 interview. “‘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.’”

ICYMI, Ben Affleck is a huge Red Sox fan. The actor grew up in Massachusetts  – the home of the Red Sox – and is regularly seen cheering on his favourite team at Fenway Park.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, 2018. Credit: Jerritt Clark/Getty Images

The Yankees hat saga was such an ordeal, Fincher said he and Affleck couldn’t reach an agreement for four days. 

“I really wanted it to be a Yankees cap but [inhales loudly], being from Boston and not being very professional as an actor, Ben refused to wear a Yankees cap,” Fincher said during his director’s commentary on the Gone Girl DVD. “I mean it did not come to blows but we had to shut down production for four days,” he revealed. 

Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck and David Fincher. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Imagine halting production on a huge Hollywood film because of a hat. Was it worth it, Ben?

Kristen Stewart Was Told To Stop 'Holding Her GFs Hand In Public' To Land Big Movie Roles

“I don’t want to work with people like that."

According to critics of Kristen Stewart, her ability to land big acting roles is directly related to her sexuality which is a sad state of affairs in 2019. 

In a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar, the Twilight actress revealed that before she became a household name, she had “fully been told, ‘If you just like do yourself a favour, and don’t go out holding your girlfriend’s hand in public, you might get a Marvel movie.”

“I don’t want to work with people like that,” she added.

Ugh. Credit: Giphy

Stewart said she’d been informed by an “old-school mentality, which is – you want to preserve your career and your success and productivity, and there are people in the world who don’t like you, and they don’t like that you date girls, and they don’t like that you don’t identify as a quote unquote ‘lesbian,’ but you also don’t identify as a quote unquote ‘heterosexual.’ And people like to know stuff, so what the f*ck are you?”

It must’ve been particularly hard for Stewart to shake off the industry’s pigeonholed perception of her considering how highly publicised her relationship with Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson was between 2009 and 2012.

Kristen and Robert, 2012.
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During her interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Stewart addressed her relationship with Pattinson and the importance of keeping it private. “When me and Rob were together, we did not have an example to go by,” she said. “So much was taken from us that, in trying to control one aspect, we were just like, ‘No, we will never talk about it. Never. Because it’s ours.”

In 2017, Stewart announced she was “so gay” during an appearance on Saturday Night Live and later clarified she was bisexual. “You’re not confused if you’re bisexual. It’s not confusing at all. For me, it’s quite the opposite,” she told The Guardian.

Since then, Kristen Stewart has had a string of relationships with St. Vincent musician Annie Clark, Victoria’s Secret model Stella Maxwell, and stylist Sara Dinkin. Over the past few years she has also landed roles in major films including On The Road, Still Alice, Café Society, Clouds of Sils Maria, Certain Women, and this year’s Charlie’s Angels reboot, just to name a few.

It’s quite clear Kristen Stewart’s dating history, or sexual preference, has absolutely nothing to do with her successful acting career, and the people who think otherwise need a harsh reality check.

Ariana Grande Suing Forever 21 For 'Lookalike Model' Is A New Level Of Narcissism

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Ari.

Over the years, we’ve grown accustomed to Ariana Grande’s signature look: gravity-defying ponytail, winged eyeliner, cat ears, baggy jumper or dress and thigh high boots. But according to the chart-topping singer, the distinctive style belongs to her, and her only. 

We all know this look. Credit: Giphy

Yesterday, the New York Times reported that Ariana Grande is suing Forever 21 for “tricking customers” into thinking she had endorsed the brand by using a model who looked “strikingly similar” to her. 

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Grande has taken particular issue with a series of posts on Forever 21’s Instagram featuring a “lookalike model” sporting a slicked back ponytail and wearing clothes similar to the ones the singer wore in the video for her song ‘7 Rings.’ 

According to CNN, Forever 21 had approached Grande to be part of an endorsement deal in late 2018 and early 2019, but she declined “due to Forever 21’s unwillingness to pay the fair market value for a celebrity of Ms. Grande’s stature.”

To make matters worse, Forever 21 even used lyrics from ‘7 Rings’ in the Instagram captions e.g. “Gee thanks, just bought it! Shop our favourite trend atm.”

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“The resemblance is uncanny and Forever 21’s intent was clear: to suggest to the viewing public that Ms. Grande endorsed Forever 21, its products, and was affiliated with Forever 21,” the lawsuit states.

There is absolutely no doubt that Forever 21 took major inspo for Grande’s look, but the singer’s legal team might not have such a strong leg to stand on. 

Professor Rothman told the New York Times that “Forever 21 could argue that they were simply mimicking a popular fashion trend and were protected by First Amendment rights.”

“We can imagine that teenagers who love Ariana Grande are looking at her Instagram, dressing up themselves, maybe wearing Forever 21 clothes and posting it on Instagram,” he said.

Rothman has a point. If Grande is suing Forever 21 for using a “lookalike model” she must also have a problem with the hundreds of thousands of teenage fans who follow her – and dress like her – every day. 

As much as Grande has the right to be part of a deal making money off her appearance, the whole lawsuit comes across as somewhat narcissistic. It’s a massive milestone in the fame game to have fans (and brands) inspired by your look, and it’s not like Grande hasn’t taken style cues from other celebrities.

Hm..Credit: Giphy

Last week, Forbes reported that Forever 21 was considering filing for bankruptcy after sales dropped by 20-25% last year. If Ariana Grande wins the lawsuit, will Forever 21 even be able to cough up?

You know what they say Ari: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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