On the heels of his “Argo” winning three Oscars, including one for Best Picture, Ben Affleck has become an inspiration for dozens of depressed, millionaire movie stars across Hollywood who have starred in terrible movies, telling them that they too still have a chance at happiness.
“I want every person out there who won an Oscar at twenty-five and then went on to have sex with beautiful movie stars and make a fortune starring in really bad movies, to know that life gets better,” Affleck told Hollywood & Swine. “You just have to hang in there.”
A suicidal Matthew McConaughey, who was forced to watch the Oscars in his mansion, after failing to receive a nomination despite starring in over a dozen independent films last year, credits Affleck’s speech for giving him the strength to go on.
“I never thought anyone who starred in a comedy with Jennifer Lopez would go on to win an Oscar,” said McConaughey, who starred with Lopez in “The Wedding Planner.” “But Ben proved it’s possible, and that’s why I called my agent last night to tell him I want to direct.”
And McConaughey wasn’t the only one inspired: According to Affleck, he’s already heard from Gerard Butler, Taylor Kitsch and Colin Farrell — all of whom have seen their careers fizzle — looking for advice on how they can become directors.
Affleck wasn’t the only big winner last night, as Oscar host Seth MacFarlane’s performance was hailed by critics as the most ambitious audition tape for hosting the Tony Awards ever. According to MacFarlane, he originally wanted George Takei to appear in his “Star Trek” uniform to give him advice on hosting, but Takei passed following rehearsals because he felt the show MacFarlane had planned was too gay.