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Ben Affleck Addresses the 'Sad Affleck' Meme & How It Affected His Kids

Ben Affleck Addresses the 'Sad Affleck' Meme & How It Affected His Kids

Ben Affleck is opening up about the “Sad Affleck” meme and how his kids are affected by seeing their parents on the internet.

For those who don’t know, the meme originated from a screencap of Ben staring off into the distance during a press junket interview for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with co-star Henry Cavill. Watch a video of the moment here.

In a new interview, Ben admitted that he found the memes to be funny, but he was concerned about the affect they had on his kids.

Click inside to find out what he said…

“I think when I was young, people saw me as somebody who had too much or was successful too easily or looked like some kind of cavalier, insincere, callow frat guy. That was nothing like how I felt. I felt like this sort of insecure, anxious, overly verbal kid from Boston who had tried to break into this business and was dealing with his own stuff. But there is an interesting thing about how we come off versus who we are,” Ben told the Los Angeles Times.

Ben continued, “I had a therapist once who gave me really good advice. This was 2003 or 2004 and I was really struggling. People were just writing vicious, awful, hateful stuff about me all the time and it really started to affect me.”

“The therapist said, ‘What I find about criticism is that if you can look at it honestly and take in what resonates with you, then the rest of it you can let go.’ And that was a process that got me into directing and gave me the confidence to start doing that,” Ben said.

“I got to a place where [the public perception] was so different from who I am that I just stopped reading and stopped caring. But then, as my kids got older and started seeing the internet themselves, that’s the difficult part. Even the ‘Sad Affleck’ meme — that was funny to me,” he said. “I mean, there’s nobody who hasn’t felt that way at a junket. But then my kids see it and I think, ‘Oh, are they going to think their dad is fundamentally sad or they have to worry about me?’ That’s really tough.”

Find out what Ben said about his experiences while playing Batman and how they differed across separate movies.

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