03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Casey Affleck's Breakout Fall Roles

Casey Affleck is not the Nanny-Shagging Fop, the Bongo-Bopping Jock, the Eternally Rehabbing Genius, the Square-Jawed Humanitarian, or the Nice-Guy Action Star. So far, he's avoided being typed. "I don't think journalists have much impression of me," he says. "I haven't really done all that many interviews, partly by choice, and partly because no one's been all that interested," he adds, voice not-quite-cracking as usual. "Now things are getting different."

Until this fall, the tag Ben Affleck's Kid Brother has sufficed, but that won't stick for long--not after the performances he delivers in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (opening this week) and Gone Baby Gone, the directorial debut of his big brother (October 19). Very soon, maybe this Oscar season, Casey, 32, is going to be a star. He might even get his own tabloid caricature, whether he likes it or not.

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