Essentially an experimental fiction film presented in documentary style, I’m Still Here was, Affleck suggests, drastically misinterpreted. “Which maybe just says I didn’t do a good enough job. I thought it was a comedy. Other people didn’t find it all that funny.”

Did it make his life as an actor more difficult? Affleck sighs. “That just made my life more difficult in general…”

— I interviewed Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara in Cannes, where they were promoting Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, which is one of the best movies I’ve seen all year. Regrets? Casey has a few. Also, Rooney gave me frostbite, and it was awesome.