Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Affleck reflects on Oscar speech

Ben Affleck with the best film Bafta award for Argo

Ben Affleck has said he can't really recall the emotional speech he made when he picked up the best picture Oscar at this year's Academy Awards for his Iran hostage drama Argo.

"I barely remember the Oscar speech," the actor-director said when asked about it at the premiere of his latest film. "Certainly, the most important thing for me, in a way, was to honour my wife and to let people know how much I love her."

During his speech Ben choked up while thanking his wife, Jennifer Garner, for working on their "marriage for 10 Christmases".

"I think you can tell what people care about really by their actions - by what they invest in, by what they work on," he explained. "It's hard to tell somebody that you care about them when you're never around them and you don't see them and talk to them. So that was what I was trying to get across. Although I don't know how articulate I was."

Ben was joined by co-stars Olga Kurylenko and Rachel McAdams for the Los Angeles premiere of Terrence Malick's romantic rumination To The Wonder.

The 40-year-old actor admitted that seeing the celebrated director in action was indeed a wonder to behold.

"I think that you know he's a director who does really unusual stuff, really interesting stuff, and somebody who works outside the typical Hollywood norm. And that's interesting to other directors, certainly to me, because you go like 'wow, what would happen of you experiment with this?'."

The film stars Ben as an American whose relationship with a woman he met overseas turns cold, leaving him drifting back toward a childhood love.

To The Wonder was the last review written by celebrated film critic Roger Ebert, who died on Tuesday, and it sent "shivers" down Ben's spine.

"I thought it was a profound honour," he said. "To have this be the last movie that he reviewed and to have it viewed through this sort of transcendental lens of a man at the end of his life is as important as anything that's ever happened around movies in my career."

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