Ben Affleck Discusses Jennifer Garner, Sobriety and That Back Tattoo

Lawrence Kim
February 19, 2020

Ben Affleck spoke with The New York Times about his alcoholism, his split from ex-wife Jennifer Garner and various other topics concerning his personal and professional life.

Ben Affleck is coming to terms with his past and the mistakes he has made.

While making an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" past year, the "Argo" helmer shared that he wanted to direct a version that could have focused on Batman's life after "Batman v Superman".

Affleck further opened up about his struggle with alcoholism throughout the interview, discussing the fact that he "started drinking more and more when my marriage was falling apart" and telling the Times, "It took me a long time to fundamentally, deeply, without a hint of doubt, admit to myself that I am an alcoholic".

"I know you're suffering", Gavankar says. The 47-year-old star played the caped crusader three times - in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, and a cameo in Suicide Squad.

I showed somebody The Batman script. But after working for months on it, he could not "crack it" and thought of giving the responsibility to someone else. But whether or not Affleck will return to donning the Batsuit, or just a cape and cowl in general, in the future, remains to be seen. "The Batman" is now in production and already has a theatrical release date set for June 25, 2021.

"The biggest regret of my life is this divorce". The movie has echoes of his own experience, as Affleck has been honest about his own road to sobriety and his public divorce from Garner. Pictured: Affleck and Garner pose during the 16th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. "The biggest regret of my life is this divorce", he shared in the profile.

"People with compulsive behavior, and I am one, have this kind of basic discomfort all the time that they're trying to make go away", he told the Times. "Shame is really toxic". I have certainly done things that I regret. Originally titled "The Has Been", the film follows a widowed ex-basketball all-star (Affleck) who struggles with addiction and attempts a comeback by becoming the coach of a high school basketball team at his alma mater.

"The Way Back" will debut in theaters on March 6.

Actor Ben Affleck attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures" "Justice League' at Dolby Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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