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Ben Affleck Covers 'The Hollywood Reporter'

Ben Affleck Covers 'The Hollywood Reporter'

Ben Affleck rolls up his sleeve on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter‘s latest issue.

Here’s what the 40-year-old Argo actor had to share with the mag:

On staying in touch with Jennifer Lopez: “We don’t have the kind of relationship where she relies on me for advice, but we do have the kind of relationship where there’ll be an e-mail saying, ‘Oh, your movie looks great.’ I remember when she got American Idol. I said: ‘This was really smart. Good luck.’ I touch base. I respect her. I like her. She’s put up with some stuff that was unfair in her life, and I’m really pleased to see her successful.”

On what attracted him to wife Jennifer Garner: “She truly is kind. She means no one any harm. She doesn’t have ill will for any person. She’s not competitive with other people. She’s not spiteful. It’s one of those things where it becomes almost aggravating at times. Every time I go, ‘F— him!’ I see in her face that she just thinks that’s petty and small.”

On work and kids taking up a lot of time: “There are so many decisions to be made, and it’s more than you can get to each day. There is this underlying anxiety not just about getting the movie done but getting it done really well. It keeps my head spinning — even
when I am giving the kids a bath. I can be giving them a bath or feeding them, and sometimes they say, ‘Dad, pay attention!’ Kids eat up that kind of hobby time. I used to ride motorcycles. I used to play basketball. And now basically I’m at home with them, or I work.”

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Also pictured inside: Jennifer taking daughter Seraphina out for coffee with a pal at Caffe Luxxe on Tuesday (October 9) in Brentwood, Calif.

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Credit: Frank W. Ockenfels/ THR; Photos: FameFlynet
Posted to: Ben Affleck, Celebrity Babies, Jennifer Garner, Magazine, Seraphina Affleck

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  • lauren

    they should of asked him why are you guys never pictured together?

  • JLo

    Sorry but Ben is done. Nobody cares. He’s hasbeen.

  • Lydia

    It’s so weird that Jennifer Lopez NEVER talks about him.

  • susan

    On his response to work and kids taking up a lot of time it seems as if he could care less about his kid’s. I’m sure that’s not the case but that doesn’t seem like a well thought out reply.


    they can hear, and see what your visually thinking
    this is the absolute complete truth!!!!!
    The reason a lot of Asians have completely expressionless faces, segregate from everybody else-only associate with Asians and don’t associate with non Asians that much, are very untalkative, and are very unfriendly in general is to avoid accidentally revealing that they can read minds by accidentally showing a facial expression or dirty look when someone thinks, or visually pictures something in their mind they don’t like, find astonishing, or funny etc because those people might see that and really wonder what that was that just happened there and see the connection, and they might accidentally say something similar to what the person was just thinking and going to say. If they all associated with non Asians a lot more then there would be a lot more people around for them to accidentally show facial expressions when those people think things they don’t like etc, so they segregate and only associate with Asians so there won’t be anyone around for them to see that and have any accidents happen in the first place.
    Try thinking, best yet visually picturing in your mind something absolutely crazy as you possibly can when you are around Asians, and try looking for Asians who give people particular looks, especially dirty looks for what appears to be for completely no reason.
    I know this may sound crazy, impossible and unbelievable, BUT IT ISN’T CRAZY WHEN IT’S TRUE

  • laly

    Man, he’s still obsessed with Jlo.

  • ana

    Well played, Ben. Well played.
    He is receiving na oscar buz for Argo and he is allready campaning.
    Well played.

  • rachel

    i hope he does not win a oscar. it never looks like he takes care of his family

  • LIsalisa

    My ..what liitle memory jlo fans have .Hello she always mentions him in interviews {in Cosmo magazine recently) She did a novela in unvision based on her relationship with him and not to mention a cheesy bit she did at her concert with body doubles of her boyfriends .WHO KIDDING WHO!

  • ladyb

    Wow – Classy guy. He still emails J-LO to congratulate her. Sorry Ryan Gosling – Ben Affleck is the next Sexiest Man Alive.

  • Fiona


    YES ALL ASIANS CAN READ MINDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its so unbelievable that they can read minds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Its great to see that other people know this!!!! :D

  • LIsalisa

    meant to say who is kidding who

  • ace11

    So he still has a thing for J-LO???

    wonder what his wife thinks about that

  • Double Douche

    He keeps in touch with JLo, and can’t get himself to say why eh loves his wife, he just likes that she’s kind. What a douche of a husband.

  • Sissi

    He confirmed what i always suspected:he moved on,married another woman but didn´t forget Jlo.And i suspect the same thing for Jlo!!

  • garofalo

    He never commits emotionally. Hope Jen isn’t expecting too much more from him. He acts like he doesn’t want to bothered with the whole family thing. Man has to many issues to grow up.

  • expectingmom2be

    well I can see there arent too many Ben Affleck fans here lol

  • Ellen

    Didn’t he try to get Jlo a starring role recently in a film he was producing or directing.
    Then there was that BlindGossip Item about him with a foot out the door when the wife unexpectedly got pregnant as Lopez was separating.

  • Sissi

    “She’s put up with some stuff that was unfair in her life, and I’m really pleased to see her successful.”
    Man he certainly follow her career non?

  • Noah

    To be a dad does not mean go with them once at year to mcdonalds or give them a bath occasionally. It’s much more Ben, much more…

  • sunnyo

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  • cmac

    Ben, you are making yourself sound very selfish. Did you think having kids was going to be easy and that you wouldn’t have to pay attention to them (and not think about work when you are with them)? I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt. Maybe these quotes were taken out of context. If not, you better straighten up or you are going to have resentful children.

  • Jholes

    The guy was never marriage material.
    Any guy that avoids being photographed with his family, certainly isn’t proud of them. Same goes for the coldplay jackhole.

  • Lee

    You nuts. He WAS ASKED a question about JLO, and he said there is anoccasional email of congrats from her to him, and from him to her. If you read anything else into that, you are stupid.

    He is STILL married to his one and only wife, and JLo has gotten her third divorce.

  • Anne

    He talks about Jennifer in a much more intense way than about his own wife. “She is kind”… I call “kind” guys who are “kind” but do not seem interesting for boyfriends or lovers at all…

  • alias fan

    Jennifer looks really good here. Everything.
    Ben can’t multi task and he needs to learn common sense.

  • Dodged

    He’s never been able to express emotion for any other women the way he did for JLo, when he was praising her with love letters in the press and giving her expensive gifts. Luckily it didn’t work out because JLO was never going to put up with all his gamlbing, drinking and strippers.

  • 4tune

    I love pic #5 of Jennifer. Good luck, Jen!

  • 4tune

    Ben talks like that because J-lo’s mother put things in his head. And I believe that J-lo made her mom do the dirty job for her because she still wants Ben. They are messing with a married man’s head and l don’t think they care. Not to mention Ben has kids that need their father.

  • cheese & wine

    Hello, Jen and kids are better off with me! – )

  • ***

    If he can’t be a fully devoted dad to his own kids, his own blood, how the h6ll can he be to J-lo’s or other women’s kids? Go figure! I think he’s better off a single man living a life of a single man’s. No wife and kids to mind and share his time but just go off with his own little hobbies… He is gonna regret all this when he finally grow up.

  • Lizza

    My oh My someone still has a crush on Jennifer Lopez!! He only likes his wife because she’s nice?? There’s no true love between Ben and Garner at least on his side, he still thinks of what could have been between he and the beautiful latina….But Garner got in between them like a pure @#$%!!

  • KissThis

    Why do people STILL ask him about JLo? I think that’s so weird. And he actually answers these questions. He’s been married for how long now?

  • Cheral

    He makes fatherhood sound like a burden.

  • Trudie

    Now that time has gone on, it’s plain to see that JLo was the woman for him. Seemed like a random pairing at first but seeing who they moved on to it’s telling. Neither are as intensely in love with their significant others as they were with each other.

  • Say it ain’t so

    If my husband used that description he used to describe why he was attracted to me, I would pack his things and send him off. Ben is a jerk, his wife and kids deserve better.

  • She Stinks!

    He is so thrilled to be rid of that selfish no talent tacky old desperate trash! That money grubbing JHO bag kept the famous pink diamond too. What a b*tch. Ben made a much better choice of Jennifers, for sure.

  • Lacie

    He makes his wife sound like a simpleton. He couldn’t be bothered to say she rocks my world or she’s the love of my life. No, she’s ‘kind’.

  • sham

    He just threw Garner under the bus. He obviously is doing everything he can to get to dumped, his words and his actions have been speaking loudly for years.

  • Please, please, please

    Maybe his wife kind heart is what made him love her??? Why are you guys being so harsh on Ben?? If he had said all the lovey dovey quotes after the J-Lo questions you would then be saying he is just saving face. Some men aren’t good at spilling every detail of their feelings to their loved ones to the public. When he was with J-Lo she turned him into a puppet and with Jennifer Garner it seems he can be himself a homebody and not a Ken doll. i believe Ben and Jennifer are a good match and if you look at their birth signs they are very compatible for one another. Give the guy a break.

  • Sissi

    @She Stinks!:

    Now i know why you hate Jlo so much:you are OJANI NOA!!!!

  • Sissi

    Yeah with his wife he can be so himself that he enjoyed the freedom and…..

  • Shamrock7

    I’m not sure, but the comments from Ben and Jen’s lips make me confused!! Wonder sperm, masturbation, and she is kind.

    If my hubby had to describe our love or attraction, I would expect him to say, she is my “lucky charm or purely magic” between us!!!

    Also, no possible way to keep ties with your ex and not still have some feelings there from the past. Break those ties, unhealthy in my mind. Unless, you are considering to rekindle the flame that has not burnt out.

    Love Ben and really wish him all the best!! He is lighting it up~

  • jane

    He is trying to downplay the whole thing but yeah that guy still has it bad for J.Lo, i mean sending emails to congratulate her for American Idol? LOL and the guy is married with kids, what does his wife think about that? and even if he’s asked about J.Lo he could just throw a line and end it but he goes on and on lol while J.lo just mentioned him in passion, J.LO seems so into her new boyfriend and that’s when Ben suddenly talks a lot about her, funny. I think the guy thought when she divorced, she was going to try going after him but instead she just kept on moving on with another guy. Good for J.lo, keep your head and keep moving woman.
    Ben needs a good PR person to help him deal with interviews, he is just not good at them. The answer about his kids? horrible!

  • Observer

    @Lacie: I think we can safely assume that Jen Garner does NOT rock Ben’s world nor is she the love of his life (at least not now). I mean, she waxes poetic about his “wonder sperm” and likes to play up the pillow talk (which should be private between a husband and wife) while he says she is “kind.” There is nothing at all wrong with being kind, don’t get me wrong, but the level of commitment seems to be glaringly disproportionate here. I used to like Jen and dislike Ben but as they both get older, I find I’ve switched allegiance. The only thing she can hold (or clobber) him with is the homefront stuff while he is taking his art/craft to a whole new level. The man is very bright and very socially conscious while Jennifer has become a caricature of the 50s-era wife who gushes about how virile her husband is and seems to hang on his every word. They have a beautiful family together, but she is just annoying now and he will outgrow her soon if she isn’t careful. That would be a shame as, if nothing else, they both appear to be extremely devoted parents to their children. Good luck to all of them!

  • ex nihilo

    so he sees on his wife’s face that she thinks he’s being ‘petty’ when he lets some steam out… not good in the least. being married to someone who sits in what sounds like constant judgment of you is tiring…

  • jane

    I agree @cheral he does make fatherhood sounds like a burden. So different with David Beckham and Brad Pitt who seems to blush and oozing with pride every time someone ask them about their kids. I hope his answers where edited or something, otherwise I feel sorry for the kids and her wife because from what I reading his family is not his first priority.

  • hmm

    of course he’s complaining yet again about the kids and daydreaming about being with Jennifer Lopez again.

  • bobbi

    First off, what’s wrong with calling your wife kind? To say “we have heat in bed” is tacky. He was looking at her inner soul–what moves him to love her.

    Secondly, I’m sure he’s glad he dodged a bullet with Lopez. There’s nothing wrong with exes being friends. I am sure he can clearly see how her marriage went down with Marc Anthony. He would be in the exact same spot wtih Lopez if he had married her: divorced with kids.

  • banana

    I don’t feel sorry for Jen Garner because she knew what Ben was when she married him. She’s one of those women who think they can fix bad boys and he needed Jen’s wholesomeness to re-do his image. That’s why he chose her. She is obviously more into him than he is into her but she probably made peace with that a while ago. How else do you deal with his Jlo obsession and having to see the nude photos that Blake sent him? You look the other way and concentrate on your kids.

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