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Ben Affleck shares the life experiences that made him a better actor.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter For her Actor Roundtable series, the 48-year-old actor spoke openly about the real-life experiences that shaped his career, including children and the divorce from ex-wife Jennifer Garner.
Speaking of 2020 film, The way backAffleck said: “For me, the film was much more about the fact that – whether it has lived enough years, seen enough ups and downs, had children and got divorced – I am now at one point in my life Who I’m at? I have enough life experience to take on a role that makes it really interesting to me. “
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Affleck noted that these experiences helped make him a better actor while also making his chosen career path more fascinating.
“As I got older, and more intense and meaningful personal experiences, it made acting a lot more interesting to me and, in turn, drawn me to the movies that are about people who are flawed,” he added.
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Last year in the promotion The way backAffleck sat down beforehand Good morning America‘s Diane Sawyer on his road to sobriety and public divorce from Garner, also 48.
After showing the taped interview with Affleck, Sawyer, 75, read out a public thank you given to his ex-wife. “What I want to say, publicly and privately, is, ‘Thank you. Thank you for being thoughtful, considerate, responsible, and a great mother and person,'” Sawyer read.
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During the interview, Affleck admitted that he never thought his battle against addiction would lead to his divorce and Garner.
“I didn’t want to get a divorce, I didn’t want to be a divorced person, I really didn’t want to be a split family with my kids,” he shared at the time. “It pissed me off because it meant I wasn’t who I thought I was, and it was so painful and so disappointing. Inside of me.”
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Affleck and Garner announced their separation in June 2015 and finalized their divorce in October 2018.
The two began their relationship in 2004 and were married the next year. Later they welcomed three children: the daughters Violet (15) and Seraphina (12) and the son Samuel (8).
Affleck was previously open about his addiction and separated from Garner. In a 2020 interview with The New York TimesThe actor admitted, “The biggest regret of my life is this divorce.”
“Shame is really poisonous,” he continued. “There is no positive by-product of shame. It just stews in a poisonous, hideous feeling of low self-worth and self-contempt.”
“I drank relatively normally for a long time,” he told the point of sale. “What happened was that as my marriage fell apart, I started drinking more and more. That was in 2015, 2016. My drinking naturally caused more marital problems.”