While he was filming The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford in Calgary, Affleck was visited by his brother who offered him the leading role in his directorial project, the Boston crime thriller Gone Baby Gone (2007).Manohla Dargis of The New York Times said: "I'm not sure exactly when Casey Affleck became such a good actor ...'" Affleck's first leading role was in 2006's little-seen independent comedy-drama Lonesome Jim, directed by Steve Buscemi.He played a depressed writer who returns from New York to live with his parents in Indiana, and begins a relationship with Liv Tyler's character.Most actors want you to love them, but [he] doesn't seem to know that, or maybe he doesn't care." Ty Burr of The Boston Globe commented: "I'd never stopped to consider Casey Affleck as a movie star before, but under his big brother's tutelage, he blooms as a leading man of richly watchable savvy and intelligence." Claudia Puig of USA Today remarked that, "whether truth or folly, it's not particularly well made.
In roles Soderbergh originally intended for Luke Wilson and Owen Wilson, He would later reprise his role in Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007).Opportunities kept presenting themselves that were hard for me to turn down ...By then, I didn't really have roots at the school or a group of friends." When he later moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career in earnest, his first movie role was as a sociopathic teenager in Gus Van Sant's 1995 satirical comedy To Die For.Affleck's breakthrough was in 2007, when he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the western drama The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and acted in the crime drama Gone Baby Gone, directed by his brother Ben Affleck.In 2010, he directed the mockumentary I'm Still Here.And yet in certain kinds of films – this kind – he's 100 percent authentic." However, Stephen Holden of The New York Times felt it "would be a stronger movie if Mr.