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Ben Affleck Talks Blake Lively in 'Details' October 2012

Ben Affleck Talks Blake Lively in 'Details' October 2012

Ben Affleck looks handsome on the cover of Details magazine’s October 2012 issue.

Here is what the 40-year-old Argo actor/director had to share with the mag:

On touring around Boston with Blake Lively: “When I was doing The Town, I’d tour the actors around Boston. I was with Blake, and I saw Matt [Damon]’s childhood home. And I said, “Oh yeah, that’s where Matt grew up.” And she said, “Who?” And I said, “Matt Damon.” And she said, “Oh my God! You know Jason Bourne?!” She really didn’t know. And I thought, “There it is. The first age of people who are adults who missed the whole Matt and Ben propaganda campaign!” Mostly, it just made me feel old.”

On balancing work and family: “Absolutely. Anytime you think, “I’m wasting my time here,” the first thought you have is “I could go home and be with my kids.” Now, you may go home and be with your kids and very quickly start thinking, “I wonder what’s on the work front?” Because running around after three kids is very trying. Now everything has to compete with being with my family. I don’t want to be a stay-at-home dad. Work is very important to me. I like to work. So does my wife. But I need my work to mean something to me in order for me to not be home with them.”

On Gigli and Jennifer Lopez: “In our culture, we get very much into short- handing people. And I got shorthanded as That Guy: Jennifer Lopez, movies bombed, therefore he must be a sort of thoughtless dilettante, solipsistic consumer blah blah blah. It’s hard to shake those sort of narratives. If you were looking at that one-liner on me in 2003, which was definitely the annus horribilis [laughs] of my life. I made a bunch of movies that didn’t work. I was ending up in the tabloids. I don’t know what the lesson is, except that you just have to find your compass… People bring up 2003, and I get it. Jennifer Lopez, and Gigli, and all this shit just kind of blew up. But, you know, in 2003, Barack Obama was a state senator in Illinois! Okay?”

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  1. 1
    Tina Says:

    I find it weird that JLO never talks about him, like EVER!

  2. 2
    Jen Says:

    So he had to mention Blake … Guess he’s not over her.

  3. 3
    lauren Says:

    was there rumors that he had a fling with her?

  4. 4
    Francesca Says:

    @lauren: pretty much

  5. 5
    Melissa Says:

    In every interview I have seen with Ben, he comes across as very intelligent and thoughtful. I think he is a really great director, I was blown away by Gone Baby Gone. (and I think he talks about Jlo in interviews because they ASK him about her.)

  6. 6
    Lena Says:

    Who cares?

  7. 7
    rio Says:

    damn ben looks so damn sexy… i mean just google kelsnetwork

  8. 8
    snl Says:

    i think they shared that conversation in matt’s childhood home bed.

  9. 9
    andy Says:

    omg… cant believe blake didnt know about the bromance… everybody knows that !!

  10. 10
    Telling it Like He Sees It! Says:

    He looks really hot! Some guys start to look extremely manly and gorgeous as they get older. Eric Dane is another example. And LOL@ Ben calling out “Jenny from the Blocks” sh.itty movie career!

  11. 11
    n Says:

    dilettante – anyone else immediately go to Bring it On?! every time…bring on the tyros, the neophytes and the dilettante. SATs are over Ben!

  12. 12
    df Says:

    You forgot this quote, which says a lot about his lack of presence at home….

    “I am not very present in the rest of my life. My wife’s very patient. She does everything,” he shares. “If I have time, I try to spend time with the kids, even if just to be a physical presence, the bath, whatever.”

    But even in the midst of his brood’s bathtime, Affleck is the first to admit his mind is often elsewhere. “My mind’s always going, ‘How are we going to light that show tomorrow? What’s the master shot for that scene? Is there even going to be a master?’” he says.

    He is basically saying his career is more important than his family and that he spends more time working than with them! He & Jen do not have an equal partnership. Easy to beleive considering she is almost always photographed alone with the kids.

  13. 13
    Mile12 Says:

    just as Peter explained I am taken by surprise that a mom able to earn $6724 in 1 month on the internet. have you seen this site (Click on menu Home more information)

  14. 14
    df Says:


    Then he should say No comment! Duh. No one forced him to talk about her.

  15. 15
    ace11 Says:

    It’s funny how he still talks about J-Lo

    betcha he regrets not marrying her and having kids

    Garner is so Blah

  16. 16
    Lailah Says:

    Really don’t see the big deal. So they asked him about Jlo? Who cares? He can say what he wants. It was his life. He lived it. Really don’t see why people are shaken up over it.

  17. 17
    Karina Says:


    Read the question before reacting to his answer!! He said that when he’s shooting a movie he’s directing, say Argo (which was only 2/3 months last yr), he is always thinking about the movie and spends whatever time he has with his kids even if it was just physical because he doesn’t want to be absent from their lives. He made that comment about presence while shooting, not all yr long. And if you look at the archive on JJ you’ll find pics of him hanging out with his kids every sat/sun while he was shooting last fall(I think it was sept-mid November)

  18. 18
    LOL Says:

    Geez JJ. He talks more about J-Lo – y’know his fiance – at one time the most famous couple in the world than Blake. That Blake/Bourne tale he has repeated ad nauseum. Talk about scandal mongering.
    @12 I agree. I found that the MOST interesting quote and kinda sad.

  19. 19
    gossip Says:

    Blake’s nudie pics were for Ben

  20. 20
    Yohji Says:

    I feel embarrassed for Blake with the Damon/Affleck story. And she works in the film industry? Smh.

  21. 21
    AMY Says:

    I don’t like dudes with hairy chests, but I find his strangley attractive ever since Daredevil…

  22. 22
    mya Says:

    she didn’t know??? was she raised in a tree house? i’m 22 and i know about the matt/ben love affair.

    how about a little less clueless & a little more dogma

  23. 23
    She Stinks! Says:

    He’s thrilled to be rid of that low class no talent uneducated self absorbed trash from Castle Hill. The JHO Bag quote is very telling. Ben did the right thing by kicking that trash to the curb.

  24. 24
    wondering Says:

    Ben does not sound very happy to me. He has it all with a very good life right now, but it seems to me it does not make him either content or satisfied. I hope he is able to keep his family together but I have my doubts as it appears that JG is pulling his weight and hers most of the time. His priority in his life is his career is what I am reading. I see more than likely heartache for JG and their kids in the future.

    This is just my opinion and I may be 100% wrong but I don’t think so.

    And he needs to shut up about JLO, he choose his terrible films, she did not.

  25. 25
    df Says:

    @She Stinks!:

    Actually, JLo kicked him to the curb because he has quite the addiction to strippers. Jen just chooses to turn a blind eye & will stay with him until there is photographic proof of him stepping out on her.

    Sounds like Jen does all the work while he shows up once in a while. Expect lots of photo ops before Argo comes out!

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