Not so tight that the wife, Jennifer Garner needs to worry, mind you.
But Ben Affleck–who has an important new movie called Argo coming out–tells The Hollywood Reporter about his former flame, 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.”
Yikes! I’m too busy trying to block my exes on Facebook to even respond to that.
As for Ben’s other ex, Matt Damon, lol:
“We see each other almost too often,” laughs Affleck. “I wonder if his wife is thinking, ‘Is he really going to come over every night?’ “
Hmm. I was thinking the same thing!
(Kidding. Those rumors didn’t pan out any more than my own dream of playing the janitor in Good Will Hunting 2.)
And Matt himself is quoted in the piece, saying of Ben:
“He’s gone to the top and then to the bottom and now to the top again.
“He’s gotten the full measure of what this life in Hollywood can offer, and now he is comfortable with it.”
Damon even comments on that awful “Bennifer”/Pearl Harbor dark period Ben went through back in the aughts:
“To watch the entire world have the totally wrong idea about somebody you care about and admire was painful, just as his friend,” says Damon.
“I can’t imagine what it felt like to him. I remember Ben calling and saying: ‘I can sell magazines and not movies. I’m in the worst possible place I can be.’ “
Sounds like Ben has good friends, a well liked movie, and a happy family.
I may vomit with envy.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 11, 2012