Belfast Telegraph

Affleck's carefree attitude to press

Ben Affleck doesn't care how he's portrayed in the press.

The Hollywood star is one of the most bankable names in Hollywood, both for his acting and directing abilities.

Alongside his many screen successes, Ben finds himself in tabloid newspapers on a regular basis. While he's sometimes portrayed in ways that aren't true, the Oscar winner has a devil-may-care attitude when it comes to the press.

"Yes, I have definitely experienced that [media scrutiny] in my own life, both in terms of being characterised in ways that were totally unrecognisable to me and also during periods in my life where I decided: 'I don't care what's going to happen, I'm just going to be who I really am and let the chips fall where they may,'" Ben explained to British newspaper Metro.

"Seeing the negative response I got from that was so powerful I thought to myself: 'Why do you care about this so much? Why is this engendering so much hostility?'"

The star is busy promoting new flick Gone Girl, which focuses on the way a man behaves when he knows he's being watched.

The movie, which co-stars Rosamund Pike and Neil Patrick Harris, tells the story of a media circus surrounding the disappearance of a young woman named Amy. When the spotlight turns to her husband Nick (played by Ben), the way he handles it surprises both the law enforcers and general public.

"I think what's really important to this is the theme of role-playing. The way the media casts you in certain roles: 'OK, you're gonna be the adoring husband', or 'You're gonna be the murdering husband,’ or 'You're gonna be the scandalous backstabber,’ or whatever it is," Ben added.

"We turn people into easily digestible archetypes. And when Nick doesn't behave the way a grieving husband is supposed to behave, it really inflames people who are watching through the media."

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