I am of the mind to say that Casey Affleck doesn't really act, he just does this deadpan thing, and I think in the two movies I have watched him in, he did this both time,s so not sure he is actually acting or just being himself. I shall have to see if there are more of his movies out there so I can see if this is the way he always is. The only other movie I saw him is was Manchester by the Sea and he was exactly the same in that movie as this one.....never smiled totally straight faced.,. Having said this I will add, he was the PERFECT actor for this movie, because it didn't require ANY emotion of any kind. I wouldn't call the movie funny, sad, drama.....I don't think my blood pressure elevated once during the entire show. Maybe it would have gotten more dramatic if there had been more, but the show ended just when things were looking up......I read that it got an award at Sundance.....makes me wonder who does the voting. haha He is pretty, Casey, that I will give him credit for. He got a Golden Globe for best Performance by an Actor for "Manchester by the Sea." I guess the voters like his deadpan style of performance. But Shakespeare it is NOT. It is fine though, I truthfully don't need screaming and yelling and lots of tears. I don't mind deadpan, however, I still am not convinced it is really acting.