The movie “Daredevil” came out during a low time for its star Ben Affleck, but the actor-director admits one great thing came out of this 2003 flop — falling in love with Jennifer Garner.
“We met on ‘Pearl Harbor’ … but we fell in love on ‘Daredevil,’” Affleck told Playboy magazine in its latest issue.
He told the magazine that the woman he married in 2005 was the strength he needed to survive a tough time in which after a string of bad movies, Hollywood had all but written him off.
“That hole was a series of movies that didn’t work, and one in particular was widely mocked because it had a funny name and overlapped with the tabloid situation,” he explained of the time he dated Jennifer Lopez. “I sunk into a morass. I thought, OK, I want to get out of this. My wife was definitely around then. Getting to know her, falling in love with her and being connected with her gave me a foundation to reach out and say, OK, I’m going to do “Hollywoodland”; I’m going to direct “Gone Baby Gone.”
And now, Affleck says, no one means as much to him as his wife.
“She is by leaps and bounds the most important person to me in that respect,” he says. “Over the past 10 years, she has allowed me to have a stable home life while accomplishing my professional goals.”
It’s a home life that includes three children – daughters Violet, 7, and Seraphina, 4, and son Samuel, 1. It’s this life that Affleck says will keep him from ever starring in another movie with his wife.
“It’s already hard to get people to suspend disbelief, and then you have married couples in the same movie,” he says. “People know about the marriage, and they’re not willing to acknowledge the couple as anything else.”