Director MIKE BINGER mocked his star Ben Affleck for failing to attend the world premiere of their new film MAN ABOUT TOWN.

Affleck plays a talent agent who discovers his wife is cheating on him in the comedy, which opened at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California on Tuesday (07FEB06).

Presenting the film, Binger berated Affleck for staying at home with wife Jennifer Garner and their new baby VIOLET, according to website PageSix.com.

He said, "F**k Ben Affleck for not being here.

"But if he'd shown up, I'd be kissing his a*s."