Kevin Smith and Ben Affleck joked about the actor's former fiancee JENNIFER
LOPEZ at the world premiere of Jersey Girl on Tuesday (09MAR04).
Following Affleck and J.LO's high profile split in January (04), the
singer and actress' role has been shortened in the film and she declined to
take part in any press junkets or interviews to promote the romantic comedy.
Smith told the audiences the Ziegfeld Theater in Manhattan, New York, "The
reason we started late, we were waiting for J.Lo. I guess she's not coming."
Meanwhile, a relived Affleck admitted media interest in him has lessened
since he split from the Latina beauty - and he loves having some privacy
The PAYCHECK hunk says, "It's nice to have things quiet down a little bit
and have focus be on a movie rather than my personal life or anybody else's
"I think that's the way it should be in general, because who cares about
the other stuff? Actors are interesting, if they are interesting at all, for
the movies they make."