Some people still give Ben Affleck a hard time, but I generally like the guy. He’s proven to be an excellent family man, talented director and vocal supporter of human rights. Then he goes and does an interview like this new one with Playboy…
“The crucible by flashbulb… At the nadir of that I felt I was being treated worse than [convicted wife murderer] Scott Peterson, who at least got the benefit of the word alleged when they talked about him,” Ben said of the public scrutiny when he was engaged to Jennifer Lopez. “I felt like I was at the bottom… I became the guy people could kick around, even if they hadn’t seen the movie, because they saw other people taking shots. I thought it was unfair.”
Ben eventually wrapped the conversation around to his crusade against paparazzi who follow celebrity children. He also spoke extremely highly of wife Jennifer Garner and what his professional comeback meant to him. All was very interesting… But, still. If you’re a celebrity, you really shouldn’t go around comparing yourself to a guy who is on Death Row for killing his wife and unborn child.
Sure, Ben did have it rough during his “Bennifer” days. Then again, he was kind of asking for it. Did he have to film Gigli? Did he have to rub suntan lotion on Jennifer’s bootay in “Jenny From the Block”?
Nope. And he recognizes that now that he’s got a different Jennifer by his side.
“Getting to know her, falling in love with her and being connected with her gave me a foundation to reach out and say, ‘Okay, I’m going to do Hollywoodland; I’m going to direct Gone Baby Gone,'” he of dating now-wife Jennifer Garner. “Those were the steps forward I needed to put positive stuff on the board. She is by leaps and bounds the most important person to me in that respect. Over the past 10 years she has allowed me to have a stable home life while accomplishing my professional goals.”
Even though Jennifer Garner’s helped Ben better himself, he doesn’t think they’ll co-star in any more films.
“Well, my wife and I made Pearl Harbor and Daredevil… With our track record, I don’t know if anyone’s looking for a three-quel.”