The fact that Ben Affleck is now in rehab has had one minor repercussion so far — a radio ad for Samuel Adams beer that featured The Boston Beer Co.'s founder passing a cold one to the actor has since been pulled. A company spokesman said that the ads are now "not appropriate" in light of Affleck's battle with the bottle, the Boston Globe reports. A photo of Affleck holding a Sam Adams brew has also been zapped from the company's Web site.
Smith, Sheen There for Affleck However, the actor won't be lacking for work once he's done drying out. His friend and frequent director Kevin Smith will direct the Pearl Harbor star in a new low-budget indie that will be based on Smith's experiences as the father of a 2-year-old girl, the New York Post reports.
Smith told the Post that the film, which will shoot next year, is similar to Chasing Amy, his acclaimed 1997 romantic comedy, which starred Affleck as guy who runs into the ultimate relationship obstacle: falling in love with a lesbian. Smith hopes to make the as-yet-untitled project a full-on Amy reunion by also bringing back co-stars Joey Lauren Adams and Jason Lee.
As for his frequent leading man's status, Smith tells the Post, "I spoke to Ben the other day and he sounds good."
Affleck checked himself into the Promises rehab clinic in Malibu, Calif., last week after realizing that he had a problem with alcohol. He was chauffeured there by buddy Charlie Sheen, who underwent rehab at the clinic himself, People reports.
Affleck gave Condé Nast Traveler magazine a hint of his partying ways when he wrote a "Great Drives" item for the travel mag about his June road trip from Miami to Washington, D.C., to begin filming The Sum of All Fears. A stop at a bar in Savannah, Ga., "for quotes" became a big blur. "I'm fairly certain I got some great quotes. I mean, I must have, but I don't remember … the next morning my head [was] throbbing, it was all I could do to find the car," wrote the future repentant party boy.