Ben Affleck Battles Alcoholism and Coaches Basketball in 'The Way Back' Trailer (Video)

Ben Affleck Battles Alcoholism and Coaches Basketball in 'The Way Back' Trailer (Video)

Gavin O’Connor directs drama in theaters March 6, 2020

Ben Affleck reteams with his director on “The Accountant” Gavin O’Connor for his latest film, “The Way Back.” This time, though, he’s not a mild-mannered math whiz battling super spies. Instead, he’s forced to fight his own alcoholism.

“The Way Back” is a sobering and inspirational turn for Affleck, in which he plays Jack Cunningham, a former high school basketball phenom struggling with alcohol addiction and gets the opportunity to coach his old high school team. In trying to get them back on the winning path, he might be able to find his own redemption.

“I spent a lot of time hurting myself. I made a lot of bad decisions. I have a lot of regrets,” Affleck says in the trailer. “You guys earned this tonight.”

Warner Bros. in association with BRON Creative is releasing the film, which features a cast that includes Al Madrigal, Michaela Watkins, Janina Gavankar and Glynn Turman.

Gordon Gray, Jennifer Todd, Gavin O’Connor and Ravi Mehta produced the film, from a screenplay written by Brad Ingelsby. Robert J. Dohrmann, Brad Ingelsby, Kevin McCormick, Mark Ciardi, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth, Kaitlyn Taafe Cronholm and Madison Ainley serve as executive producers.

“The Way Back” opens in theaters Mar. 6, 2020.

Watch the first trailer above.

20 Famous New England Patriots Fans, From Ben Affleck to Mark Wahlberg (Photos)

  • Super Bowl LIII, the big number 53, is upon us, and fans all over the country will tune in to see the New England Patriots take on the Los Angeles Rams. If you’re rooting for the Patriots this weekend, here’s a rundown of the good, famous company you’ll be in when you do. And if you’re a Rams fan, here’s a quick celebrity enemies list so you can rub it in their faces on Twitter.

  • Gisele Bündchen

    It’d be a lot more interesting if the Brazilian supermodel who had also married Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady in fact was not a Patriots fan. Unfortunately, and predictably, she is.

  • Mark Wahlberg

    It’s crazy obvious, right? Everyone knows about Marky Mark’s Boston background. Wahlberg shows up for plenty of games, sitting on the sidelines or hanging out with Patriots owner Robert Kraft. He’s also pals with Tom Brady, who appeared on Wahlberg’s show “Entourage.”

  • Ben Affleck

    Let’s keep right on going with “Famous Massachusetts natives who do that accent in movies.” Batfleck, who was born in California but grew up in Cambridge, Mass., somewhat angrily defended Tom Brady over that whole “Deflategate” scandal. He takes the Patriots pretty seriously.

  • Matt Damon

    Matt “How do you like them apples” Damon is also a Massachusetts native, and a big-time Patriots guy. He also talked about Deflategate on TV like Affleck, but with a bit more chill. Still, Damon’s known to wear Pats gear, hang out at games, and get photographed wearing Super Bowl rings.

  • Lea Michele

    Although she’s a New Yorker, singer and star of “Scream Queens” and “Glee” Lea Michele has said she’s always been a Patriots fan. Tom Brady might have something to do with it, as might the team’s many championship wins. 

  • Aly Raisman

    The Olympic gymnast and gold medalist is Boston born and raised. On Jan. 20, Raisman tweeted her support when the Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs to make it to the Super Bowl. “Gooooooo Pats!!!! Unbelievable. #BOSTON #GOAT” she wrote. 

  • Elton John

    The Patriots’ logo might call up images of the Colonies’ revolt against the crown, but England-born Sir Elton doesn’t let it keep him from cheering for the Pats. John is friends with owner Robert Kraft, and in 2009 when the Pats played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at London’s Wembley Stadium, the Patriots made him honorary team captain.

  • Elizabeth Banks

    Another native of Massachusetts, Banks watched her Patriots defeat the Seahawks in Super Bowl 49 from the celebrity box at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. You can often track her thoughts on the Patriots on Twitter, where she regularly tweets during games.

  • Kofi Kingston

    WWE star and New Day tag team member Kingston was born in Ghana, but moved to Boston in his youth. He’s a big Patriots fan, and he told Patriots.com he gets up to some football-themed trash-talking during the season. That might be a change of pace from the regular trash-talking wrestlers get up to all the time.

  • Paul Pierce

    Former Los Angeles Clippers forward Pierce started his NBA career with the Boston Celtics. He’s still part of the Patriots Nation, and took to Twitter to show off the Patriots gear he was sporting during the AFC Championship game in January 2017.

  • Steven Tyler

    Aerosmith is a Boston band, and Steven Tyler is a Patriots fan. The singer has performed a couple of national anthems at Patriots games, in 1999 and again at the 2012 AFC Championship game, where he famously wore a sparkly Patriots scarf.

  • Maria Menounos

    Former “Extra” host Menounos is a well-known Patriots fan. Her dedication sometimes costs, though: She lost a bet on the Pats with “Extra” correspondent AJ Calloway when the New York Giants defeated them in Super Bowl 46. The punishment was appearing on TV in a Giants bikini.

  • Conan O’Brien

    Conan’s from Boston, and he attended Harvard. After four Super Bowl wins, Conan finally declared himself a Patriots fan in a video for the NFL in the run up to Super Bowl 49. He’s actually a lifelong fan of the team, and before Super Bowl 51 pitted the Falcons against the Pats on his show — playing video games.

  • Chris Evans

    Yup, Captain America is, somewhat fittingly at least from a branding standpoint, a Patriots fan. Evans, a Boston native, famously made a bet with fellow Marvel alumnus Chris Pratt when Evans’ Patriots took on Pratt’s Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 49. Loser had to visit a children’s charity in the winner’s city dressed in their Marvel universe costume. Evans won, but both visited kids at Boston’s Christopher’s Haven, a charity for kids battling cancer.

  • Michael Chiklis

    Last year, “The Shield” and “Gotham” actor Chiklis introduced a new member of his family: Tom Brady. That was the name he gave his new pug, just in time for the 2017 Super Bowl.

  • Jon Bon Jovi

    Though he’s from New Jersey, Bon Jovi has grown to become something of a Patriots superfan over the years. He even gave the team permission to use his band’s song, “This Is Our House,” during games.

  • Julie Chen Moonves

    Though she’d rather watch the games from the comfort of her own home, Chen admits to a personal connection to the Patriots. “I’m a big Tom Brady fan. Robert Kraft is a personal friend of ours — so there’s also that, you know. I have to be honest.”

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  • John Krasinski

    Although Jim Halpert may have been an Eagles fan, this Boston native bleeds red, white and blue. “It’s fun to be from a place that has so much and legendary sort of sports stories to tell my daughter one day very soon.” He even appeared alongside Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Chris Evans in a Jimmy Kimmel skit lampooning Deflate-gate.

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  • Mindy Kaling

    This “Office” and “Mindy Project” alum let her support be known after the Patriots defeated the Jaguars in the AFC Championship. “Very excited people in this household regarding the outcome of the football game @Patriots #SuperBowl.”

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  • John Cena

    Cena was bummed that his busy WWE schedule kept him from staying in Houston for Super Bowl LI. “The fact that the Patriots are consistently great, amidst all the controversy…they just always play really well. They’re a down-to-business team. Not a lot of flash, not a lot of flare. The Belichick postgame press conference pretty much says it all. I like that, because the rest of the league hates it.”

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  • If you want to see what stars will be rooting against the Patriots, check out this gallery of A-list Rams fans.

Batman and Captain America are among those cheering on The Pats this Sunday at Super Bowl LIII

Super Bowl LIII, the big number 53, is upon us, and fans all over the country will tune in to see the New England Patriots take on the Los Angeles Rams. If you’re rooting for the Patriots this weekend, here’s a rundown of the good, famous company you’ll be in when you do. And if you’re a Rams fan, here’s a quick celebrity enemies list so you can rub it in their faces on Twitter.

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