Ben Affleck opened up about his divorce from Jennifer Garner for the first time in a TV interview. The ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ star also opened up about portraying the iconic Caped Crusader during his appearance on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show.’
Call it a collusion of personal life and professional life. While he may be sharing the screen with fellow title character Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel in the JJ Abram’s sure-to-be blockbuster, there’s also a massive interest in his divorce from Jennifer Garner. The couple were married for 10 years, easily an eon by Hollywood standards, and their split, predictably has fueled tabloids and other such celebrity gossip outlets for months. Yes, complete with accusations that he cheated on his wife with the nanny, 28-year-old Christine Ouzounian.
And, just a day after his comments in a New York Times article, Affleck opened up again, telling the host, “We’re good friends and we’re doing our best and our kids are fabulous and we’re working our best for them.”
The couple has three children together; daughters Violet, 10, and Seraphina, 7, as well as a son, Samuel, 4.
Previously, he had told the Times of his reluctance to open up on the topic saying it was “because it ends up being in the record somewhere, in the great miasma of junk on the Internet.”
For her part, Garner had spoken at great length in a tell-all interview in Vanity Fair and said in part, “I ran down the beach to him, and I would again. You can’t have these three babies and so much of what we had,” adding, “He’s the love of my life. What am I going to do about that?”
But once again, owning the story, he interwove his devotion to his children with his passion for portraying Batman. e revealed that it was for his children that he wanted to portray Batman in this much-anticipated movie, that sees his iconic superhero character in a life-or-death showdown with the equally iconic Superman, and which marks also the first time Wonder Woman is brought to the big screen, portrayed by Gal Gadot.
Affleck received much backlash in social media when his casting was announced. But, as he revealed, his focus is elsewhere. He said, “I haven’t done anything my I haven’t done anything that my kids could see for a long time. So I thought that would be kind of cool.”
In singling out his son, Samuel, he said of him, “My son thinks it’s cool. My son thinks it’s really cool. He came to the set. He was a little bit suspicious, too. He was like, ‘Is that the real Superman?’ ‘Yes, he is. That’s more or less about as real as it gets. That’s the real Superman.'”
Continuing his recollection, Affleck said, “When I’d leave, he’d be like, ‘Dad, are you going to the Batcave?’ I can’t [let him down]. I’m like, ‘Yes, I am.’ Eventually he’s going to be in therapy, like, ‘You lied to me! There’s no Batcave! He’s doing Ellen,'” he said. “He thinks I’m in the Batcave now.”
And of course, this being Ellen DeGeneres’ afternoon talk fest, a guest is likely to find himself surprised and/or pranked. Such was the case for Affleck, as he was given quite a fright as a man dressed as Wonder Woman suddenly appeared.
You can see Ben Affleck’s interview below, as he opens up about his divorce from Jennifer Garner and more.
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