Ben Affleck Opens Up About His Feelings Over Netflix’s Output

Ben Affleck Opens Up About His Feelings Over Netflix’s Output

Ben Affleck recently shared how he feels about Netflix’s output and how he views its movie-making process as an ‘assembly line.’ Ben said, “If you ask [Netflix co-CEO and chairman] Reed Hastings…he’d say, ‘Hey, we went for quantity to establish a footprint.'” He continued, “I’m sure there’s wisdom in that, and I’m sure they had a great strategy, but I would have said, ‘How are we going to make 50 great movies? How is that possible?’ There’s no committee big enough. There aren’t enough — you just can’t do it.”

He added, “Making movies is a thing that requires attention and dedication and works, and it resists the sort of assembly line process that Netflix has made its standard. [Netflix’s head of original films] Scott Stuber is a really talented, smart guy who I really like…but it’s an impossible job.” Affleck continued, “There’s bigger audience for action movies than there is for small dramas. I get that. Certain genres play more broadly, and you can’t not be mindful of that. But let’s do a good one, let’s surprise the audience, let’s make them care about it.”