‘The Way Back’: One Moment Sparked a Special Bond Between Ben Affleck and Charles Lott Jr.

by Jeremy Spirogis
Charles Lott Jr.

A daring transfer by actor Charles Lott Jr. on the movie The Way Back could have impressed Ben Affleck to take the budding actor underneath his wing.

Lott shared with Showbiz Cheat Sheet why he confronted Affleck throughout filming and the particular bond they’ve today. The Way Back, Lott’s main movement image debut, is about an alcoholic building employee (Affleck) whose life goes from unhealthy to worse when his spouse leaves him.

Charles Lott Jr.
Charles Lott Jr. |Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Warner Bros.

Affleck is recruited to educate basketball at his former highschool and learns easy methods to be an inspiration and be impressed by the kids on the group. Lott performs Chubbs Hendricks, one of many basketball gamers who brings levity to the movie.

His first interplay with Affleck may have been his final

Lott advised the story about how Affleck stored interrupting him when it got here time for him to ship his first line within the movie. “Every time I got ready to say my lines, it would get cut off by him,” Lott recalled to Build Series. “He’d start his lines and start speaking.” Lott says he gave Affleck “a pass” at first. But when Affleck interrupted him a number of instances, Lott wasn’t having it.

He determined to let Affleck know he stored slicing him off. “So when I was walking up to him, we were three weeks into shooting and we’d never really spoke at all [except for a brief introduction],” Lott advised Showbiz Cheat Sheet.

“So when he was cutting off the line a couple of times, I was like, ‘What’s this about?’ When I walked over to him, I tapped him on the chest. He looked up because we’d never spoke and I don’t think he knew who I was. His eyes got big and was like, ‘Who the F are you?’”

Lott moved quick and thought later

Lott says he advised Affleck he moved in on his line. “I had the script in my hand and was showing him where his line was and I forgot that I was mic’ed up,” he recollects. “So the dudes in the back could hear me. So afterwards everybody gave me so much crap. They were like, ‘You don’t talk to Ben Affleck like that!’ or ‘What’s wrong with you?’”

In the second, Lott didn’t actually take into consideration the very fact he was confronting an enormous film star. Rather, he was heated that one other actor stored interrupting him. “But when I walked over there it started to come in my mind a little bit. And then when I tapped him and he looked up at me and I saw who he was, that’s when regret came in my brain,” Lott stated. “It’s like, ‘Why did I do this?’ Then my voice was choking up a little bit but I was like, ‘No! I’m speaking up!’”

Lott added that his mom was happy with her son for talking up. Lott credit her for his gumption. “My mom won’t take anything from anybody,” he asserts. Lott jokes about how he’s the one at all times telling his mother to tone it down after which confronted an enormous film star on set.

He thought he was going to be fired

Lott anxious he was going to be fired for his resolution to confront Affleck. “But they sent me the call sheet two days later and I was like, ‘Oh, I still have a job!’” Of course, the second resulted in a big quantity of ribbing from the opposite forged members, together with Affleck.

Later, “[Affleck] walks up to me, and he’s so big, and he stuck his hand out and he was just like, ‘Man, I don’t know who you are, but I respect it. I won’t step on your lines.’ And we became cool instantly.”

“Then after that, we hung out every day,” Lott continues. “And then I advised him to undertake me!

Lott and Affleck have a detailed bond

Lott says that Affleck has given him plenty of recommendation as they grew nearer. “But it’s hard to pinpoint in terms of career,” Lott says. “I mean, when we first got close I was asking him questions every day. But one of the main things he taught me was to always love the craft and the art of acting and filming. Especially when you become leading man and you get paid lots of money. Because then they don’t look at movies as a craft but they are looking at how much money can you make them.” Essentially, you grow to be a commodity.

Affleck additionally advised him to encompass himself with the correct folks and to do every little thing moderation. “He just taught me something a few days ago,” Lott says. “There was some kid online who was being a hater and talking bad about me for no reason. [Affleck] sent me a long paragraph [saying] that there’s gonna be haters and if you don’t have haters you’re doing something wrong.” Lott views Affleck as a mentor and is extraordinarily grateful to have him in his life.

Lott additionally pushes again on the negativity that has dogged Affleck up to now few years. “He’s very misunderstood,” he says. “I used to read the tabloids, so when I was first meeting him, I was very intimidated. But then I was like, ‘All these tabloids about what people think about him are wrong.’ I’ve met a lot of people in the entertainment industry and he’s been by far the nicest one.” He added that even at Affleck’s lowest moments, he was nonetheless an incredible individual. “He’s the greatest dude I’ve ever met outside of my parents,” he provides.

Lott needs followers to know Affleck is a humorous man

Lott needs everybody to appreciate that Ben Affleck is hilarious. “I keep telling people this and no one will listen to me! He is extremely funny. He takes these serious movie roles and they think he’s a serious guy. And sometimes he lets some of the funniness out during interviews.”

“But when you personally talk to him and he can trust you. Like every time he says something it’s funny,” Lott exclaims. “We have a group chat and I’m like, ‘Man why are you not in stand up comedy?’ He’s super funny.”

Lott provides, “I wish he’d get into more comedy! He probably won’t because he’s been doing so many dramas but it’s like, come on!”

The Way Back is now streaming on VOD on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, or Google Play.

Leave a Comment