Ben Affleck talks about Jennifer Garner, politics and Batman in Playboy interview

By Lola Odejobi,
Ben Affleck talks about his politics, love and Batman

Actor and movie director, Ben Affleck, recently did an interview with Playboy, where he talks about his marriage to Jennifer Garner, politics and the role of Batman.

Ben Affleck has been married to his wife, Jennifer Garner, since 2005 and they have three children together; Violet, Seraphina and his only son, Samuel. He fell in love with his wife while shooting Daredevil.

When Affleck was announced to play Batman in the upcoming movie, Batman vs. Superman, the internet went nuts. Many were disappointed that Affleck will play such a popular superhero after the flop of another movie he starred in, Daredevil.

"I expected that reaction," Affleck told Playboy during the interview. "Warner Bros. told me,' You should know what you're getting into. They showed me the reactions to other folks who have been cast in these roles. I understand that I'm at a disadvantage with the internet. If I thought that the result would be another Daredevil, I'll be out there picketing myself.Why would I make the movie if I didn't think it was going to be good and that if I could be good in it."

Playboy asked Affleck about starring in movies with his then girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez and if that's the reason why he doesn't do movies with Jennifer Garner.

"Yes, well my wife and I made Pearl Harbor and Daredevil. With our track record, I don't know if anyone is looking for a three-quel. It doesn't work. It's already hard to get people to suspend disbelief, and then you have married couples in the same movie. People know about the marriage, and they're not willing to acknowledge the couple as anything else."

Affleck is also known for his left-wing politics. He campaigned for presidential candidates Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama.

"I grew up in a house with a mother who was a teacher and a Freedom Rider, very left-wing Democrats who lived in a heterogeneous working-class neighborhood. I picked up a lot of those values there and I brought them with me when I showed up in Hollywood," he said.

He also talked about how being open about his political views can affect his job and how people view him.

"When I watch a guy who I know is a big Republican, part of me thinks, I probably wouldn't like this person if I met him, or we would have different opinions. That sh*t fogs the mind when you should be paying attention and be swept into the illusion," he said.

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