Ben Affleck doesn’t like to speak on his private life. He’s loath to go on the record — concerned that offhand remarks will end up “in the great miasma of junk on the Internet.”
But, nearly a month after Jennifer Garner’s revealing interview with Vanity Fair, the Batman v Superman actor has finally addressed his ex’s comments.
Last month, Garner refuted rumors that the couple’s nanny was the cause for their divorce, noting that Affleck could be aloof. “We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny. She had nothing to do with our decision to divorce,” she told Vanity Fair. “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.”
Speaking to the New York Times, Affleck shared: “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. She’s allowed to talk about it,” he said, adding that the two were still amicable. “Jen’s great. She’s a great person. We’re on great terms.”
As for the public’s perception of Affleck, the actor explains that much of his less-than-great reputation is derived from his gravitation toward morally questionable characters, his latest being Bruce Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (out March 25). Affleck explained that his Wayne is a “philanthropist playboy” whose Lotharioways serve “as another way to feed the hole that he feels of emptiness inside him, just as much as going out and fighting bad guys at night.”
However audiences may walk away from his movies feeling about him, Affleck maintained that he is proud of and committed to the art.
“The whole lesson of my career has been that what’s really important is the work you do,” he told the New York Times. “Even in the tough spots, if your movies are good, people will see them. And if you’re not good, you can’t get away with it. Eventually it catches up to you. Both ways, good and bad.”
Read the full interview here.