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Entertainment Daily: Ben Affleck in rehab - The young star checks into rehab for drinking problem
08/06/2001
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TAPE: EF01/0574 IN_TIME: 02:16:01 DURATION: 2:05 SOURCES: APTN/Disney RESTRICTIONS: No re-use/re-sale of film/video/tv clips without clearance DATELINE: Various. SHOTLIST 1. Film clip -" Pearl Harbor" 2. File footage: Ben Affleck at Aids Benefit, Cannes, 1999 3. File footage: SOT Ben Affleck at premiere of Reindeer Games, 1999 - "It's a no brainer, a guy like that says he wants to do the movie it was easy. I've done a lot of movies with younger directors, first time guys, guys who were newer to the scene but we're all kind of exploring it together. This was a situation where you get to put yourself in someone else's hands and say tell me how to do this." 4. File footage: B-roll Ben Affleck wrestles with fellow star Michael Clarke Duncan 5. Set up Tony Goldwyn (Affleck's fellow star in "Bounce") at the premiere of "An American Rhapsody." 6. C/A photographer 7. SOUNDBITE Tony Goldwyn (English) (In response to the question "what do you think about Ben Affleck going into re-hab?"): "I think it's incredibly brave of Ben. I mean I had no idea you know, but I mean I have so much respect for him. I think he's a brilliant actor and he's the most wonderful guy, one of the most wonderful guys I've ever worked with. And uh, he certainly didn't need to step up and say anything, and I think it's really brave of him, and God bless him, you know." 8.Film clip -" Pearl Harbor" AFFLECK CHECKS IN TO REHAB "Pearl Harbor" star and Oscar winner Ben Affleck has become the latest celebrity to enter rehab. Following in the footsteps of countless other stars, Affleck, who turns 29 on Aug. 15, voluntarily entered the Promises rehabilitation facility in Malibu on Tuesday to help him overcome alcohol abuse. Promises is the same facility where Robert Downey Jr is being treated for drug abuse. Affleck has checked into the centre for 30 days after a four month spree of drinking and gambling. In the lead up to checking in Affleck has been making regular trips to Las vegas with fellow star Matt Damon, the friend with whom he wrote the Oscar winning film 'Good Will Hunting'. "Ben is a self-aware and smart man who has decided that a fuller life awaits him without alcohol. He has chosen to seek out professional assistance and is committed to traveling a healthier road with the support of his family, friends and fans," Affleck publicist David Pollick said Friday. Affleck played a recovering alcoholic in last year's romantic drama "Bounce." He also appeared in the Oscar-winning comedy "Shakespeare in Love" and the upcoming "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back." His other films include "Chasing Amy," "Armageddon," "Dogma" and "Good Will Hunting," for which he shared a screenplay Academy Award with his friend, Matt Damon. But his career since the smash hit 'Good Will Hunting' hasn't really lived up to its initial promise and the actor is thought to have taken personally the failure of the big budget war drama 'Pearl Harbor' . That could be about to change, however, as next year (2002) he is due to star in The Sun Of All Fears as Jack Ryan, the American government agent created by Tom Clancy and previously played by Harrison Ford in Patriot Games and A Clear And Present Danger. Ironically, Affleck's father is a counsellor at a drug rehabilitation facility in southern California, who also struggled with alcohol addiction. FILM CLIP DETAILS Pearl Harbor Disney Films 1 818 560 1000
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