A New Movie Deal for Keith Haynie?
Fri., Sep. 29. 2006 12:46pm EDT
As most people know, actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon became overnight Hollywood success stories after writing and starring in their own Academy-award-winning movie, "Good Will Hunting" in 1997. As a result, they started Project Greenlight, which funds certain "worthy" ideas for movie projects.
Unfortunately, Affleck's own box-office career has fallen on hard times in recent years -- thanks in part to critically panned films like "Gigli" (with Jennifer Lopez) and "Daredevil" (with Jennifer Garner). He needs a blockbuster film idea -- not just for Project Greenlight, but to jump start his own career. Well, have we got an idea for him. It's time to go back to the film that made him a star and do a sequel.
Although Affleck and Damon remain friends and also appeared together in "Saving Private Ryan," Damon may have priced himself out of the budget with the recent successes he's had with "The Bourne Identity" and "Ocean's Eleven" series, so Affleck will need a co-star, preferably another up-and-coming male lead -- somebody not named "Jennifer."
Enter Keith Haynie. The ApologetiX bass player has acquired many names over the years, but "Jennifer" isn't one of them. The classic strong, silent type, Keith's 11 years with ApologetiX have demonstrated that he works well with an ensemble cast and isn't one to hog the spotlight. But there's another quality that makes Keith uniquely suited for the role.
Keith has many interests (Christmas, old video games, 8-track tapes, model trains, classic cars, Three Stooges, Godzilla, etc.) and enjoys collecting things pertaining to them. Consequently, he's a big fan of flea markets and second-hand shops, and whenever we drive into a new town for a concert, he's always on the lookout for a Goodwill store.
Every time Keith goes hunting for a Goodwill store, he winds up shopping there, so it seems to us that the natural sequel to "Good Will Hunting" would be "Goodwill Shopping." And nobody plays that role better than Keith. Trust us on this one, Ben. Keith was born to play this role ... besides, he could use the extra cash for his next thousand trips to Goodwill!