Ben Affleck Responds to New Yorker Story About His "Great Sadness"

Ben Affleck

The revelation that Affleck lied about the tattoo spawned plenty of attention, including a piece from the New Yorker titled, "The Great Sadness of Ben Affleck", analyzing recent photos of the actor looking despondent. "'Bless his heart, '" she told Vanity Fair. "It symbolises how he has risen from the ashes, reborn as a guy with a tattoo that sucks". Fry didn't let the tattoo go unnoticed, and described it as "enormous" and "garish" in her article.

He took to Twitter to call the tattoo "garish" in a tongue-in-cheek response to an article that speculated he was depressed. 'Am I the ashes in this scenario?.I refuse to be the ashes'.

"I'm doing just fine", he tweeted to The New Yorker Thursday morning, breaking a months-long period of silence on the platform. Affleck also has been reported to have returned to rehab for alcohol addiction while facing some career setbacks and the public's general sense that his brand of male movie star may have become passe. "It's bad! What are you doing?"

However, the conversation ended once Affleck said it was "fake for a movie" during an appearance on "Extra".

She told the TV host: "It's very bad!" "I actually do have a number of tattoos, but I try to have them in places where you don't have to do a lot of cover up... they get sort of addictive, tattoos, after awhile". Matt's take: "It's not one man's job to tell another man what he can do to his back".

However, the next year came, and despite several news outlets reported and vouched that Affleck's tattoo was real, the Argo actor further denied it, saying the art is fake. When BBC1 asked him what the film had taught him about being an actor and director, he quipped, "It taught me not to do interviews with Henry Cavill where I don't say anything and they can lay Simon & Garfunkel tracks over it; that's one thing I learned".

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