Tight political drama State Of Play is in cinemas today, starring the unlikely duo of Ben Affleck and Russell Crowe. The pair are from different acting worlds, but combine surprisingly well to make drama, suspense and other good things happen.
So we got to thinking a ‘what if?’ What if these two actors had always been in each others’ films, instead of each other? Thus we present to you our grand Affleck/Crowe career swap.
Romper Stomper (1992)
Ben Affleck is Hando
Affleck leads a violent gang of Canberra skinheads in this controversial Australian film. Although praised for its gritty storytelling, the film is roundly criticised for lack of authenticity, with Affleck’s refusal to cut his enormous hair a major sticking point.
Chasing Amy (1997)
Russell Crowe is Holden McNeil
Crowe draws comics and tries to seduce a lesbian in this witty indie romance. Audiences love the on-the-pulse gen-x dialogue but react badly to Holden’s violent streak: his comic, Lager Murder Punch, seems out of context, and an ending in which the spurned Crowe sets fire to his friend Binky has to be reshot.