Ben Affleck Sets the Record Straight About Gambling Rumors
The Gone Girl actor opens up about his marriage and the infamous casino incident
Ben Affleck is holding nothing back in expressing how he truly feels about the tabloids.
The Gone Girl actor is setting the record straight about reports that his wife of nine years, actress Jennifer Garner, was fed up with his gambling after he was reportedly banned from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas last May.
“That’s tabloid s–––. That’s all bulls–––,” he says in the October issue of Details. “They completely lie My only hope is that people with any common sense recognize that those stories are false.”
Affleck, 42, clarifies the casino incident and explains he was not banned, simply asked to refrain from a certain card game.
“I wish I could say they were afraid of me in every capacity,” he says. “But they only said, ‘No blackjack.’ ”
The actor readily admits he has become a skilled blackjack player, which he believes attributed to the casino’s actions. “I mean, the fact that being good at the game is against the rules at the casinos should tell you something about casinos,” he says.
But, blackjack is the only gambling you’ll likely see him doing.
“I had always liked blackjack,” he says. “I don’t play any other games of chance. I don’t bet on football games, and I don’t gamble at all, really, outside of that.”
Affleck also speaks to the men’s lifestyle magazine about the parallels of his life in the media and his starring role in the hotly anticipated film Gone Girl, David Fincher’s movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s thriller, out Oct. 3.
Affleck plays Nick Dunne, who becomes the subject of a media frenzy when he is believed to be the main suspect in his wife’s mysterious disappearance.
“I could definitely relate to the way – the need of media outlets to tell brief, digestible, readily identifiable stories that include two-dimensional archetype characters … And that you kind of get cast in a soap opera that you have no desire to be in,” he says.
As far as the notion of “the Ben Comeback” – which has been a narrative in the media for some time – Affleck is just tired of “talking about that.”
“Yeah, people like to apply easy, simple arcs,” he says. “We’re comfortable with that kind of storytelling. And so there are parts of my life that fit into that and parts that don’t. And the parts that don’t are discarded because they’re inconvenient. .. Everybody does things that work and don’t, and I can’t take responsibility for how things play out in pop culture.”