Ben Affleck's Mysterious Smile Landed Lead Role in 'Gone Girl'

David Fincher director of 'Gone Girl' reveals how he chose the lead actor in his latest thriller.

David Fincher best known for his cult-classic movie, 'Fight Club' revealed how he found his lead actor in the new movie 'Gone Girl'.  Director David Fincher was recently interviewed with Playboy to promote his upcoming thriller, Gone Girl. 'Gone Girl' stars Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne, a husband suspected for murdering his wife, who was gone missing. According to the interview, David Fincher research actor's smiles on Google to find the leading actor. David Fincher Featureflash / "You cast movies based on critical scenes," he says. "In Gone Girl there’s a smile the guy has to give when the local press asks him to stand next to a poster of his missing wife. I flipped through Google Images and found about 50 shots of Affleck giving that kind of smile in public situations. You look at them and know he’s trying to make people comfortable in the moment, but by doing that he’s making himself vulnerable to people having other perceptions about him." Readers of the book, 'Gone Girl' may know exactly what David Fincher is talking about. David Fincher has a reputation for being a demanding director and will often times ask for his actors to do many retakes of the same scene. Fincher responded perfectly, "If you didn’t get hugged enough as a kid, you won’t find what you’re looking for from me. That’s not my gig and I’m not attuned to it." Related: What do you think? Discuss this story with fellow Project Casting fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @projectcasting.

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