The actor-turned-director explains why he's shunning big-budget films

By EW Staff
Updated August 17, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

EW So how did you like directing your first film?

AFFLECK The successes were thrilling, and even the failures were exciting. One reason why I really, really hope people like this movie is so I get a chance to do it again. My directing career hinges on whether or not people like it, more so than with a movie I act in.

EW How did it compare to acting?

AFFLECK With the exception of a very few movies, I’ve certainly liked doing this more than acting. What I’ll do now is look for movies to direct and then look for movies where I can do different things, like Smokin’ Aces and Hollywoodland. I probably won’t be in giant studio movies.

EW Really? No big Hollywood films?

AFFLECK I’m not that into them. I have no judgment or disdain for them, [but] it seems like I don’t go to them very much. The ones I read and get are not the best ones, either. It’s really not that tempting. There are much more interesting movies out there. You’ll know I’m happy if I’m directing another movie in the next year and a half and acting in something that’s unusual and interesting.