When artist Kirk Van Wormer first spoke with director David Fincher about Gone Girl, the conversation didn’t go quite as he expected. “I have to tell you, the coolest and weirdest thing is to get a phone call from David Fincher saying ‘I’d like you to do some illustrations for my next movie,’ and then to find out that there’s no dead bodies or gore,” says Van Wormer. “I have a background in horror, so I was like, ‘Alright, I’m ready to go, David Fincher!’ And then he wanted cute, adorable children’s illustrations that remind us of the seventies.” Van Wormer’s assignment was to create the art for Amazing Amy, the fictional children’s book series written by the parents of Gone Girl’s title character, Amy Dunne (played by Rosamund Pike).
One of the best-kept, least essential secrets about Gone Girl is now out in the open: Ben Affleck gets naked. At one point in the film (out Oct. 3), director David Fincher gives audiences a very brief, full-frontal glimpse of his star. MTV’s Josh Horowitz broached the subject with Affleck in a new interview, asking if he’d ever revealed so much of himself onscreen before.
Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, and the rest of the Gone Girl cast discussed the film at its premiere Friday night.
While Ben Affleck’s reputation as a director is unimpeachable, his acting career never fully recovered from early-‘00s stumbles like Daredevil and Gigli. Based on the bestselling mystery novel by Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl tells the story of writer Nick Dunne (Affleck), who is blamed for the sudden disappearance of his wife Amy (Pike). Fincher has said that he cast Affleck as Nick because of his smile in press photos, which perhaps seemed like he was trying to telegraph something he didn’t really feel.
Director David Fincher caused some consternation back in January when a quote from him implied that his take on the twist-filled story — about a married couple (played by Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike) whose relationship takes a potentially murderous turn — had some third-act developments that deviated from the book. Flynn, it should be pointed out, also wrote the screenplay. A recent New York Times profile on Ben Affleck adds to a string of sometimes-conflicting statements made by the director and writer. Jan. 10: Fans went ballistic when Fincher told Entertainment Weekly that Flynn made substantial revisions to her book.