Ben Affleck revealed to Weekly entertainment in a recent interview that close friend and film collaborator Matt Damon played a key role in leading him to reshape his career after the rock-solid experience of working on Justice League.
Affleck called Damon “a major influence” in his decision to draw a line in the sand when it came to the kind of parts he was going to tackle. Affleck’s experience working on Justice League was something he vowed never to match in his career.
“I really had a low point experience in the neighborhood Justice League for many different reasons,” Affleck told Damon for: THAT. “I don’t blame anyone, a lot of things happened. But what it really was was I wasn’t happy. I didn’t enjoy being there. I didn’t find it interesting. And then some really s– Things happened, terrible things, but then I thought: I’m not going to do that anymore.’
“I talked to you about it and you had a significant influence on that decision,” Affleck continued. “I want to do the things that would bring me joy. Then we went and did Last duel and I enjoyed myself every day with this movie. I wasn’t the star, I wasn’t nice. I was a bad guy. I wasn’t everything I thought I should be when I started and yet it was a great experience. And it was all things that came along that I wasn’t chasing.”
Affleck co-wrote the last duel starring Damon and Nicole Holofcener, and he was also seen in a supporting role as Count Pierre d’Alençon, for which he received acclaim. While Affleck has vowed not to return to the lows of Justice League, he will reprise his role as Batman in the upcoming tentpole The flash. The actor told The Herald Sun earlier this month that playing Batman again was much healthier for him than before.
“Perhaps my favorite scenes in terms of Batman and the interpretation of Batman that I did were in the Flash movie,” Affleck said. “I hope they maintain the integrity of what we did because I thought it was great and really interesting — different, but not in a way that’s inconsistent with the character.”
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