In Hollywood, many a first draft bears little resemblance to the final product. Over the weekend, Variety inadvertently replicated that arc on Twitter.
Here’s the first draft of a Jan. 24 tweet by the Hollywood trade, screen-captured appropriately enough by screenwriter J.P. Ouellette:
And here’s the subsequent final version:
What makes this minor episode a little more chuckle-worthy is that Ouellette once worked as a production assistant on Ben Affleck’s The Town and as a set production assistant on the actor-director’s earlier effort Gone Baby Gone. In other words, J.P. is extremely well qualified to be an Affleck ombudsman.
Perhaps, since Casey plays a janitor in the Sundance breakout film Manchester by the Sea (snapped up domestically by Amazon), the social media brain freeze was scrambled through a Good Will Hunting synapse. As producer Damon explained during the audience Q&A portion of the film’s Park City unveiling, he and Casey co-starred in the early 2000s in a London stage play written by the film’s writer-director Kenneth Lonergan. Wicked layered.