Ben has been on the defensive after Affleck made comments ex wife jennifer garner During an interview with Howard Stern. So for his latest Q&A, the Cambridge native sat down with someone he trusts: Matt Damon.
In Cover Story for Entertainment Weekly Which coincides with the Amazon Prime release of his latest film, “The Tender Bar”, with Affleck discussing a range of topics with his lifelong friend, including how Damon helped him through some of the darkest periods of his life, the infamous Why the 2003 bombshell “Gigly” called into question his career, and showing his kids “Good Will Hunting” helped Affleck prove that Bay State has “a whole world of crazy people” like him .
in the interview (and video together), Affleck discusses how his kids appreciate watching his movies more when they can laugh at them, such as 1998’s “Armageddon.” When it came time for him to show “Good Will Hunting,” Affleck claimed that his kids’ takeaway was the realization that 3,000 miles away from their L.A. bubble, there’s a town where people sound like their fathers.
“He liked ‘Good Will Hunting,'” Affleck said. “I was like, ‘You see? I’m not the only person who swears so much. There’s a whole city full of people who talk like this. You don’t know that, because you live in Los Angeles where people are decent human beings. And don’t fight over small things and swear constantly. But that’s exactly what we did when I grew up.'”
“I think it helped him to be like, ‘Oh our dad isn’t totally crazy,'” Affleck continued. “There’s a whole world of other crazy people who do these things.”
Elsewhere in interviews, Damon and Affleck had a retrospective career, including filming 1992’s “School Ties” next to a dump in Lowell’s They Were “Kings” and walking the streets of Greeley Tribune with Robin Williams during filming. Reminds me of the early works. “good will Hunting.”
The pair did their deep dive for the critical and box office bomb “Gigly” starring Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. While Affleck acknowledged that the film “didn’t work”, he argued that much of the film’s response was a reaction to the oversaturated coverage of his and Lopez’s romance, which he called “Bennifer”.
According to Affleck, studio executives overseeing the incident ordered “Gigly” director Martin Brest for five weeks to regroup the cast, which played out the romance between Affleck and Lopez’s characters, a move which Affleck called a “bad idea.”
“It became a story in itself. Strange names, Jennifer Lopez romances and excessive exposure to that, it was a perfect storm,” Affleck said. “And I remember talking [Brest] It came out on Friday, and I thought it was just fantastic, it’s a tsunami, it couldn’t be worse. it is so Bad As you get.”
According to Damon, shortly after “Gigly” came out, Affleck told him he was “in the worst place that could happen: I can sell magazines, but not movie tickets.” It was at this point that Affleck began to “question things” and have “a lot of self-doubt” about his career path.
Luckily, Affleck said, he knew that as bad as things got — whether it was after “Gigly” or during the filming of “Justice League” when his personal life began to fall apart — Damon would have his back.
“This friendship has been essential and defining and important to me in my life,” Affleck told Damon. “There were some important times that are personal and I don’t want to share, but where your support was so deeply meaningful to me that I don’t think I would have been successful without it. So I take this opportunity to thank you.”
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