Ben Affleck has a message for young filmmakers: It Gets Better.
Sure, he didn’t record a PSA, but his first film, 1993’s I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Ηung Ηer on a Μeathook & Νow I Have a Three-Picture Deal with Disney, functions as such for all aspiring directors out there. Just because your first short film tells the convoluted story about a director who auditions women for a movie while simultaneously yelling at his wife, who is, yes, hung on a meathook, doesn’t mean you can’t eventually go on to direct something like Gone Baby Gone and Argo.
I Killed My Lesbian Wife sounds like a Lifetime movie starring Tori Spelling, but it isn’t an online prank. Affleck himself has talked about his debut, which has been online at least since 2010, but has picked up some interest this past week as Argo marches towards Oscar glory. Affleck previously explained to EW, “It’s a 13-minute film and stars a friend of mine, Jay Lacopo, who’s now a writer. It’s horrible. It’s atrocious. I knew I wanted to be a director, and I did a couple of short films, and this is the only one that haunts me. I’m not proud of it. It looks like it was made by someone who has no prospects, no promise.”
With that ringing endorsement by the guy responsible, how can you not want to take a peek? Check it out below: