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Ben Affleck finds it difficult to direct a movie based on a book

Ben Affleck

Actor-filmmaker Ben Affleck has admitted that adapting a book to silver screen is always a tough task. The actor accepts that it is challenging to figure out what to preserve from the book and what to leave out. The actor will be seen in ‘Live By Night’, which is based on the bestseller book by Dennis Lehane. Affleck has also written, directed and produced the film, which has a backdrop about gangsters.

"Well, the biggest challenge was trying to figure out how to take out as much as we had to take out in order to have a reasonable running time for a movie while preserving what's great about the book. That's tricky," Affleck said in a statement.

"There's a kind of long division that you have to do in terms of breaking down a book that's hundreds of pages long and shaping it into a 120-page screenplay. You don't want a movie that's small or diminish the story in any way. So, there were a lot of those tough moments where I had to discard a scene that I really loved just because we just didn't have the space for it. There's definitely signature stuff from the book that's not in the film simply because we couldn't fit it in." he added.

After having a limited release in the United States on the Christmas weekend, the movie will be released widely on January 13th.

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