I’m sure some female film industry types are thinking to themselves, “If only it were the reverse. Heck, I’d settle for a set without Casey Affleck.” But it’s a world without women in Casey Affleck’s new movie, Light of My Life.
According to Slash Film, Light of My Life is set in a post-apocalyptic world where all the women have died from a mysterious plague called “QTB.” In the trailer, Casey’s partner or wife is played by Elisabeth Moss, and at one point she lifts her shirt up to show the effects of the plague, and honestly, it looks like she’s got shingles. Although that would also make sense, since I’m pretty sure anyone would get shingles from dealing with Casey Affleck.
After all the women die, Casey and his young son (who is actually his daughter in disguise) travel around from place to place, while Casey tries to prevent his daughter from being discovered. So Casey is the only man alive who will protect this girl from the threat of creeps, jerks, and weirdos. Not only is Casey the star, but he also wrote and directed the film. I certainly hope Casey gives a co-writing shout-out to whatever PR crisis manager came up with that plot.
The last time Casey wrote and directed a film, it was I’m Still Here, and we all know how that turned out. Actually, Light of My Life looks a lot like I’m Still Here. Except instead of a greasy, messy, unshowered, smelly-looking Joaquin Phoenix, we’ve got a greasy, messy, unshowered, smelly-looking Casey Affleck. I’m sensing a theme here.
Obviously Casey’s character is the hero here. But I can imagine it would be a totally different movie if it was from the perspective of another character. If I ran across Casey looking like grizzled woods-dwelling Casey, all I could think is, “Are we sure that guy isn’t going to get distracted by a pack of parking lot cigarettes and accidentally forget his kid inside an abandoned Dunkin’ Donuts?”
Here’s a less itchy-looking (just a bit less) Casey arriving at Jimmy Kimmel Live! yesterday.