Ben Affleck Responds to Jennifer Garner's Vanity Fair Interview: "She's Allowed to Talk About It"
The 'Batman v. Superman' star also talks about how he feels like he constantly has to prove himself in his career.
Ben Affleck opens up about Jennifer Garner's revealing Vanity Fair interview and his career, and shares a cute story about his son in an interview with The New York Times ahead of his role in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The star, who's been under increased tabloid scrutiny after he and Garner announced their plan to divorce, says it's especially tough being in the spotlight now.
"It never seems like a great time to have your privacy invaded," Affleck says. "Obviously this is a particularly hard time."
He calls Garner a "great person," adding, "We're on great terms. I just saw her this morning, so that’s the reality that I live in."
When asked about Garner's recent Vanity Fair interview, in which she spoke about what led to their decision to divorce and addressed allegations that Affleck had an affair with their nanny, Affleck says, "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.'"
"It’s fine," continues the actor. "She’s allowed to talk about it."
Affleck says Garner and their children will be visiting him while he films Justice League and they'll take a vacation in Europe together.
He also explains that the "whole lesson" of his career has been that no matter what happens in his personal life, the work he does is what is really important. "Even in the tough spots, if your movies are good, people will see them," says Affleck. "And if you’re not good, you can’t get away with it."
He said his need to constantly prove himself in his career "never goes away."
"You’ve got to realize, this line of work, it’s rooted in a feeling of needing to audition all the time," says Affleck. He says he feels particularly anxious when writing and direction his own films. "The urge of making it good and trying to make sure that it works, that you’ve done the most interesting version that you can — it’s like a neurosis that drives me to work every day."
As for his role as Batman, he says his character in the film is "more broken, not slick." His 4-year-old son Samuel already knows that Affleck is Batman, the actor says.
Samuel also thinks that the FedEx delivery man is the Joker, Affleck adds, although he is not sure of the exact reason why.
"Whenever there’s a FedEx delivery, he’s like, ‘Dad, the Joker’s outside,'" he said, guessing that it may be because of the color combination of the FedEx uniform. "The burden’s on me to go out there and give the guy an extra 20 bucks to pantomime a whole Adam West kung fu battle."