Ben Affleck is not going to rest until he’s solved this whole “Hollywood happy hands” problem. After announcing that he was going to lead the charge to vanquish sexual assault, Variety reports that Brother Ben (oh, you didn’t know? He’s a saintly monk now. Forget that old creeper Bruh Ben you used to know) is putting his money where his mouth is by donating all future The Weinstein Company and Miramax earnings to charity.
According to Variety:
In an interview with Fox 5 DC, Affleck said he would follow the lead of his friend Kevin Smith and donate the residuals of any of his Weinstein-backed films to Film Independent or to RAINN, an anti-sexual assault organization that runs the National Sexual Assault hotline.
And since Brother Ben’s a monk now, he feels free to be all sanctimonious about it.
“Once Kevin suggested that, I decided to do the same thing, so any further residuals that I get from a Miramax or a Weinstein movie will go either to FI or to RAINN. I just didn’t want to cash any more checks from the guy, you know? Some people probably couldn’t afford to give all their residuals away, but even if you do 10%, that’s something.”
Thanks for the update on your rock hard finances, Brother Ben. Kevin Smith told Ben to do it now Ben wants you every Tom, Dick and Harry to pony up their Weinstein residuals. He probably thinks every Tina, Diane and Heather should to do it too, because that’s how blood money works, right? There is no difference between complicity (as alleged by Rose McGowan) and proximity? Ben’s clearly got something to prove, but at least RAINN and other organizations will benefit from his damage control campaign.
Funny though, I’m not getting a whiff of genuine reflection or contrition. Maybe if he really wanted to sell the Brother Ben image, he’d throw his own problematic brother Casey Affleck under the bus. Now THAT would be compelling. Otherwise, it’s all just another role. But at least the monk robe is more forgiving that that tight ass Batman suit!