Jennifer Garner follows her turn in the Oscar-winning “Dallas Buyers Club” to star opposite Kevin Costner in “Draft Day” — and even she seems surprised by such good fortune.
“I don’t work that much. With my kids as little as they are, something has to be so worth it,” said Mrs. Ben Affleck, mother of Violet, 8, Seraphina, 5, and 2-year-old Sam.
“For me, because every movie is a chance,” Garner, 41, continued during a one-on-one interview at the Four Seasons, “you try to set yourself up to get as lucky as you can, as many times as you can.
“The more successful you are, the more clout you have to be in something where the odds of failing are reduced.
“I don’t know where I fall in that spectrum, because every time that something works I’m incredibly grateful and feel really lucky. So I must not be too up in there,” she laughed. “But that’s OK because for me it’s all about balance.”
“Draft Day” looks at judgment day for college grads hoping to be selected for the National Football League as seen through the eyes of fictional Cleveland Browns general manager Sonny Weaver (Costner).
His already tense time is complicated by revelations about his affair with Ali (Garner), the team’s capologist — the expert who knows how much to spend on each player and what can be offered.
Garner used actual Browns capologist Megan Rogers as her model. “I just basically stole everything from her.”
“Draft Day,” she pointed out, “has to survive without people knowing anything about the sport. That’s where I think this movie is strongest.
“If you love football, yes, you will be totally satisfied by the references, the inside knowledge you have. But if you don’t understand it even a little bit you should also be wholly satisfied because this movie is ultimately about relationships.
“There’s actually very little football in the movie.”
“Draft Day” opens tomorrow.