ben affleckSo, here are two things that are interesting. One, Kristen Stewart's doing a comedy, and two, Ben Affleck, who was also on board to star in said comedy, dropped out of the project just a few days after KStew confirmed she was in. The movie, called Focus, is about an experienced grifter (formerly going to be played by Ben) and his young, sexy protege (Kristen).

I don't know which intrigues me more: the fact that Kristen's landed a comedic role, or that Ben Affleck mysteriously bolted after hearing she was going to be his leading lady. What's he so afraid of?

If you ask his reps: nothing. He's just busy. Too busy. He's writing and directing and stuff and, oops, no longer has time for Focus.

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Sure, that could be entirely true, but on the other hand ... you know, maybe he doesn't want to ruin his Oscar-winning reputation by sharing a marquee with a tween heartthrob best known for biting her lip, biting others' necks, and sleeping with her director. Maybe Ben's worried she's too low-brow.

Or maybe he's worried working with Kristin could ruin his marriage. Apparently, the movie calls for the two of them to have passionate make-out scenes and there are a few instances where they'll be filmed in bed, right after they've "had sex." Ooh la la. Sounds steamy.

Not that anything could come between Ben and my beloved Jennifer Garner, but still, the timing of his drop-out is curious.

Who knows the real story behind Ben's decision to leave Kristen out there on her own, but one thing's for sure -- whoever is cast in Ben's place has huge, big-time-movie-star shoes to fill.

RPattz, anyone?

Do you think Ben's choice to leave Focus had anything to do with Kristen?

 

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