Ben Affleck has commended Marvel’s Kevin Feige as the greatest movie producer who has ever lived.
The actor and Academy Award-winning screenwriter, of Good Will Hunting, worked with Feige on 2003’s much-maligned Daredevil.
During a recent discussion with The Hollywood Reporter about his career to date, Affleck took the opportunity to praise what Feige has achieved with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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He said: “Kevin Feige is absolutely, you have to say, the greatest producer, most successful producer who ever lived. He's the only guy in the world who, if he told me, 'I know what the audience wants! This is what we're doing,' I would believe him 100%.”
Affleck didn’t stop there, though, as he called Feige a “genius” who “knows his audience like no producer” ever.
More than that, Affleck believes that Feige has managed to perfectly toe the line with the tone of each Marvel superhero movie, even comparing him to a “ringmaster at the circus.”
“He knows exactly how much to wink at the audience, exactly when to pull at the heartstrings, exactly when to do the effects, how many jokes, what the sensibility, what the tone is,” Affleck said.
“Because people didn't know to run away from the pyjamas or embrace it, or make it serious.”
The films that Feige has produced as the president, primary creator and producer at Marvel Studios have grossed a combined total of over £19.72 billion ($26.8 billion).