Ben Affleck doesn’t see a lot of similarities between Bruce Wayne/Batman and Christian Wolff, the number cruncher — and also ass-kicker — he plays in “The Accountant.” But if pressed, he has an answer: “Same chin,” he replies, joking about one of his most famous features.
In the thriller, Affleck plays an autistic man who became not just an accountant, but an accountant with ties to the mafia and other fearful clients. His work has aroused suspicion by the feds (including one played by J.K. Simmons), who want to bring him in. But Christian isn’t going quietly; he’s a man of mystery and rather good with a gun, as well as a fist.
As a thriller about a private man of action, “The Account” is superficially similar to some of his recent movies, notably his current stint as Batman, so far seen in “Batman v Superman” and “Suicide Squad.” But it’s different enough for Affleck’s tastes.
“I’m not much of a tactician when it comes to what a career should look like,” Affleck says during a press conference. “It’s more about projects that interest and move me. Part of that is variation. You could become bored doing the same thing over and over again. This keeps me activated and engaged.”
One thing that’s different is the fight scenes. With Batman, Affleck could defer to a stuntman, since Bruce Wayne tends to keep his mask on when not pummeling goons (or Superman). Not in “The Accountant.”
“It’s a lot harder for the stuntman to do your stunt when you’re not wearing a mask,” he explains. “I had to really be on top of my game and work hard with some really great professionals who were really good at educating me about this fighting style. It was a learning experience.”