Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are likely the most amicable exes, according to media reports. Both have tried to maintain their respective privacy with their split, both for their sakes and for those of their children. While Garner addressed their split in Vanity Fair, Affleck has never publicly demonstrated any sort of aggravation about the interview.
According to the New York Times, Affleck reluctantly admitted that Garner was allowed to discuss their split, acknowledging that there was never an ideal time to face the press and the cameras.
“It never seems like a great time to have your privacy invaded,” Affleck said. “Obviously this is a particularly hard time.”
The “hard time” is due, at least in part, to the intense media scrutiny he is currently under due to his starring role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. With the recent Vanity Fair interview, where Garner said Affleck was “the most brilliant person in any room, the most charismatic, the most generous. He’s just a complicated guy. I always say, ‘When his sun shines on you, you feel it.’ But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it’s cold. He can cast quite a shadow,” small wonder that all eyes are currently on Affleck for some sort of a response.
Those who follow celebrity news finally got that response yesterday with the publication of the New York Times article. Affleck was asked if Garner’s Vanity Fair article made avoiding talking about his family impossible. The actor had nothing but nice things to say about his ex-wife.
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“Jen’s great,” Affleck said simply. “She’s a great person. We’re on great terms. I just saw her this morning, so that’s the reality that I live in.”
According to USA Today, Affleck said that Garner chose to discuss the split for personal reasons.
“She felt like she wanted to discuss it and get it out there and get it over with so she could say, ‘Look, I already talked about it — I don’t want to do it again,’” he explained.
Affleck addressed his career decisions with the New York Times as well, noting that it was important to continue producing good work. He added that bad work and decisions ultimately catch up with people.
“Even in the tough spots, if your movies are good, people will see them,” he said. “And if you’re not good, you can’t get away with it. Eventually it catches up to you. Both ways, good and bad.”
Affleck said that he also doesn’t think he comes off of playing questionable characters quite as well as some of his colleagues like Denzel Washington.
“Denzel Washington can play almost anybody — mass murderers — and you go, ‘But he’s all right!’” he said. “There’s something so appealing about him, and I don’t think I have that.”
Affleck believes that sometimes the qualities he might bring to the table while acting may very well be innate, and he has had to come to terms with the fact that he has those qualities.
“You have these qualities that you’re born with,” he admitted. “Some of them are good, some of them people don’t like. And you just have to live with it.”
Although Affleck was quite candid during his interview with the Times, one topic of discussion that was off the table was the rumored relationship between Affleck and the now ex-nanny, Christine Ouzanian. Affleck has steadfastly maintained he had no involvement with the nanny at any point, and Garner said during the Vanity Fair interview that any liaison that was rumored between Affleck and the nanny was not responsible for the demise of their 10-year marriage.
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“We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny,” Garner said of her split from Affleck and the rumored reason behind it. “She had nothing to do with our decision to divorce.”
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