Ben Affleck set the record straight in a recent interview about the viral clip in which he appears grumpy while sitting next to his wife Jennifer Lopez at the 2023 Grammys.
The 50-year-old actor said he’s gone to previous awards shows and been “pissed off” or went to them and “been bored,” but this year’s Grammys was not the case, The Hollywood Reporter reported.
“I had a good time at the Grammys,” Affleck said. “My wife was going, and I thought, ‘Well, there’ll be good music. It might be fun.’ At movie award shows, it’s speeches and, like, sound-mixing webinars. But I thought this would be fun.”
“I saw [GRAMMY host Trevor Noah approach] and I was like, ‘Oh, God.’ They were framing us in this shot, but I didn’t know they were rolling,” he added.
“I leaned into her and I was like, ‘As soon they start rolling, I’m going to slide away from you and leave you sitting next to Trevor.’ She goes, ‘You better f***ing not leave,’” Affleck continued. “That’s a husband-and-wife thing. I mean, some of it is, I’m like, ‘All right, who is this act?’ Like, I don’t keep up. My wife does, obviously. And yeah, it is your wife’s work event.”
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The “Gone Girl” star said he’s gone to awards shows and “been drunk, a bunch,” but no one “ever once said I’m drunk” until this year. Affleck, a recovering alcoholic, has been very open about his sobriety struggles.
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“[But at the Grammys] they were like, ‘He’s drunk,’” the actor explained. “And I thought, that’s interesting. That raises a whole other thing about whether or not it’s wise to acknowledge addiction because there’s a lot of compassion, but there is still a tremendous stigma, which is often quite inhibiting. I do think it disincentivizes people from making their lives better.”
The “Deep Water” star was previously married to actress Jennifer Garner for more than a decade. The two share three kids. Lopez and Affleck rekindled their romance in 2021 and finally walked down the aisle at a chapel in Las Vegas in July 2022, 18 years after they got engaged for the first time.
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