Ben Affleck on alcohol addiction and divorce from Jennifer Garner

It seems that Ben Affleck tries to see the positive side in everything. The divorced father of three said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that his own failures help him transform into heroes on the screen.

“I am now at a point in my life where I have enough life experience that I can bring to the role to make it really interesting,” the actor shares. — I’m not good enough to just create my character out of nothing.”

Recall that Affleck spent ten years married to actress Jennifer Garner. They have three children: Violet, 15, Serafina, 12, and Samuel, eight. The actors managed to maintain a friendly relationship after the breakup, but Affleck considers the divorce his biggest mistake.

In the interview, Affleck also spoke about his latest project-the drama film “Out of the Game”, in which he played a basketball player who lost his fame, money, and family overnight due to an addiction to alcohol. According to the actor, this role is close to him, because he himself suffered from alcohol addiction.

“As I got older and had more meaningful personal experiences, I became interested in films about people with difficult lives,” Ben says. — I am being treated for alcoholism, and I played an alcoholic. This is a film about unspeakable grief — the loss of a child, which, thank God, I did not experience. This is probably the worst thing you can experience.”

“Alcoholism itself and compulsive behavior are not inherently interesting. I’m more interested in the healing process, where you try to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. So yes, I’m an alcoholic. Yes, I had a relapse. Yes, I’m on the mend again. And then I did this movie,” Affleck added.

Ben ended the interview on a positive note, admitting that he is now more satisfied with his life than ever before: “In two years, I will turn 50. I have three children, I have a life that I really enjoy. I want to really enjoy my work and tell stories with interesting characters.”

In January, it became known that after a year of relationships, Affleck broke up with actress Ana de Armas. The actors met on the set of the new film by Adrian Lyne “Deep Waters”, which will be released in the summer of 2021. Their romance was first discussed last spring. The ex-lovers spent the quarantine together and, according to rumors, even planned to get married.

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