Casey Affleck’s appearance Monday on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert was enough to make even Donald Trump cringe.
The 40-year-old brother of Ben Affleck appeared on the episode to promote his crime drama Triple 9, but the interview nearly turned to fisticuffs when Colbert criticized Casey’s “shlumpy-casual” outfit, as reported by the Entertainment Weekly.
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Colbert jumped right in with a comment about Affleck’s appearance.
“Thanks for dressing up. I can’t tell if this is the least celebrity thing to do or the most celebrity thing to do.”
The Hollywood Reporter noted that Casey, who sported a beard and disheveled hair, coupled with khakis, a blue oxford shirt, and a navy jacket, warned the late night host to back off.
“Don’t give me a hard time. You look great.”
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Seemingly fearful of offending, Colbert backtracked a bit.
“Well, thank you. I’m not saying you don’t look good.”
Affleck cut him off, demanding to know how long this line of questioning would continue.
“Until I get to my joke. You really look like a street corner Jesus,” Colbert remarked.
While Stephen Colbert seemed to only want to rib the actor, as he tends to do with all of his guests, Affleck didn’t take too kindly to the jokes.
Colbert subsequently attempted to get back on the actor’s good side, but Affleck would either butt-in before the punchlines or the jokes landed flat. Colbert even joked that the tension might lead to a fist fight, but Affleck apparently thought he was being serious.
Colbert and Affleck seemed to reach a sort of impasse when they finally started talking about Affleck’s new movie. But, even that went sour when Colbert conceded that he had seen only an hour’s worth of the project before having to bail out to help his child with a science project.
Colbert, in a last-ditch effort, joked that they probably should just go at it in a fistfight.
“I don’t want to do that,” the actor replied.
Throughout his career, Casey Affleck has never warmed up to interviews and shies away from them at every instance. In 20014, he was interviewed by Boston Magazine and his publicist at the time warned the publication that the actor would be late to the interview because he is always late and cautioned them from mentioning his famous brother.
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Casey is a bit of an enigma because he tends to stay out of the limelight and prefers to choose small, meaty roles instead of blockbusters.
His latest endeavor, Triple 9, tells the tale of armed thieves who make their getaway following a bank robbery in broad daylight on an Atlantic freeway. Unhappy with the results, a ruthless gangster, Irina Vlaslov, orders the men to pull off another job.
Affleck plays a new but incorruptible police officer who is partnered with a crooked cop, played by Anthony Mackie. As the thieves lay the groundwork for the heist into an impenetrable Department of Homeland Security facility, they come up with a devious plan to use Affleck’s character as their pawn.
— IGN (@IGN) February 17, 2016
Triple 9, which opens Friday, is directed by John Hillcoat and along with Affleck and Mackie, stars Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus and Clifton Collin, Jr.
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