Affleck: 'Lopez Was Bad For My Career'

BEN AFFLECK has spoken out about his high-profile relationship with former girlfriend JENNIFER LOPEZ - insisting it was bad for his movie career.
The actor began dating the singer in 2002 after starring in Gigli with her, and the pair later became engaged before splitting up shortly before their scheduled wedding in 2004.
Affleck is adamant he should never have got involved in the first place - because the publicity surrounding their romance tainted his career.
He says, "I was no longer in control of my life. I thought I wanted certain things, but I didn't. I got lost. I felt suffocated, miserable and gross. I should never have gone down that route or got sucked in to all the publicity.
"I was typecast as myself. Too many people weren't getting past what they read about me. That was damaging. I can tell from experience it's bad for you, and bad for your career. So I took a break, went away for a while and let things calm down."
And he admits he is much happier with his wife Jennifer Garner and their two daughters, three-year-old Violet and six-month-old Seraphina to look after.
He adds, "Work has taken a back seat. My job is not as important as it was. Saying that having a family changed my life is a cliche. But it's true - it re-arranged my life and made me see clearly."


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Ben Affleck is a bad actor. I don't enjoy watching him on the screen and he needs to improve his acting by going back to school. How pathetic that he has to put down Jennifer Lopez inorder to coverup his lack of acting ability. Why would she be bad for him? She has a beautiful voice, is an excellent actor, great dancer and has worked with some of the best in the business. Besides having a perfume line and clothing line, the woman is respected in Hollywood. Man up and take control of your own destiny. Part of the problem you have is you can't understand why your friend Matt Damon has done so well and you haven't...The reason is he is a much better actor and is believable, you are not.
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Quite frankly, I have less respect for Ben Affleck now that he's made those comments. How do you blame someone else for your shortcomings? Give me a break.Ben and Jen failed as a couple because of the ethnic divide and because of his best bud who was constantly whispering in his ear "Leave Her!"Jen's got her own life and style. Ben didn't fit it any more than she fit his. But don't blame her, Ben. If you were going to end up feeling this way you should have stuck with what your buds recommended was "right" for you and never bothered.Read that how you want.
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Career, what career? His career was sucking before he started dating J Lo. In fact, dating her gave him some interest. Man up, don't blame a woman for your short comings. You were weak and didn't have the back bone to stand up under the pressure or to your friends. Glad your happy now, but guess what, so is she.
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I agree with the first comment. How utterly immature and so rude of him to bash a former girlfriend for his miserable shortcomings. If he couldn't get decent work, that's his own responsibility. But to come out now after all these years and blame a former girlfriend? I never cared much for this guy to begin with, but I think even less of him now. Shame on you Ben. Jennifer Garner really won a prize allright. She can have you. Jennifer Lopez is the lucky one here. Ben, neither you or your wife have enough talent to match what Jennifer Lopez has. She's a great dancer, and is quite the comic in some of her movies, as well as some serious acting. Be a man Ben and apologize for your unkind words about JLo. You don't hear her shooting her mouth off about your shortcomings, one of which you just made known. Is your bud Matt Damon just like you? Hope not.
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DID YOU ALL READ EXACTLY WHAT HE SAID? HE IS NOT BLAMING JENNIFER LOPEZ, HE IS BLAMING THE MEDIA, THE PUBLICITY, THE PAPPARAZZI. GEE PEOPLE, LEARN HOW TO READ AND UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU READ. THIS IS HOW PEOPLE GET QUOTED WHAT THEY DID NOT SAY.
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I always thought you were a great actor - mature, intelligent and sensitive. However, your career was in trouble before JLo came into the scene. I'm disappointed that you are making these comments after all these years since the relationship fell apart. While you are entitled to your own opinion,now I think understand why your career suffered - you are just typical.
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Affleck shouldn't have insulted J.Lopez so publicly like that and also so many years later!!??? What was the point? Still some hurt feelings there? It was just low and I hope J.Garner doesn't feel flattered because when things go sour he will be insulting her. Maybe he will or won't depends if his feelings are as strong as the ones he has for J.Lopez?? Wherein there is still a grudge???
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Too bad Ben Affleck felt the compulsion to spill the beans after all these years. While I thought you were a strong presence on the screen, your career was doomed before JLo became your girlfriend. After these demeaning comments, I see why you failed as an actor and a person - you are just typical.
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What career,He was more popular with her than without her.He is an idiot you do not trash a woman after you've been with her. not much of a man.
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Give me a break! Going from JLo to Jennifer Garner is like going from Halle Berry to Whoopie Goldberg! LOL
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