Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 28 March 2015

Ben Affleck: I hated jetsetter life

Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck hated being a jetsetter because it "built up a wall" between him and reality.

The Hollywood star has reminisced about his life in the limelight. His relationship and subsequent split from Jennifer Lopez was high profile but since then he has retreated from the spotlight, keeping his marriage to Jennifer Garner much more private.

The star is glad he's changed his lifestyle as he is a lot happier now.

"Right, I do," he replied, when the German edition of OK! magazine asked if he hates the jet set lifestyle he used to lead. "Because it built up this wall between me and reality. I didn't have any experiences that I could use for my work as an actor. And I was surrounded by suck-ups who wanted to be on my side because they thought it was cool."

The 40-year-old made a conscious decision to be more secretive about his life. It's one of the reasons why he turned to directing rather than acting and now he makes sure he's only involved in projects which mean a lot to him.

At one point, the star was concerned he had made a mess of his career.

"I wanted to get rid of this celebrity image that I used to have. Before [my family] I was chasing after every single project. I always thought I had to do everything. That screwed up my career pretty badly because when you're in a hurry you don't do good movies," he said.

"With my family I learnt one thing: life is confusing and hard and I don't know all the answers, but at least now I can tell which direction I wanna go."

© Cover Media

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Nightlife Galleries


Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News


Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant


This isn't a good time to gamble. Even if an investment seems like a sure thing, it could undermine your financial security. Keep your money safe in the bank. If a loved one is clamouring to make a big purchase, sit down together and review your bank account. Once your partner sees the truth of the situation, they'll feel less compelled to splash out on luxuries. This shortage will be temporary, as long as you exercise restraint during lean times. Getting into serious debt will make a tough situation worse.More