Ben Affleck is upset over the constant scrutiny over his 2003 romantic comedy film, Gigli. The 44-year-old actor blamed his relationship with Jennifer Lopez at the time for the negative media hype.
Affleck and Lopez dated for two years, but called off engagement in 2004. During a TimesTalk, he said: "It could have been a bad movie no one cared about. Angelina Jolie had a bad movie [Beyond Borders/Tomb Raider] that year and nobody cared."
"But because I was dating Jennifer Lopez that made it a big f***ing deal, you know? And not only is it a bad movie but, 'They're dating each other in the bad movie!'"
He continued: "It got fairly maligned. I literally remember there was a reporter doing like a stand-up with his camera out in front of the theater that Friday morning, [saying] 'Here I am outside of Gigli, and as you can see, no one in line for the movie today!' I was like, 'What is this, hurricane coverage?'"
Meanwhile, Affleck had revealed he is in good terms with Lopez despite the split. He told The Hollywood Reporter: "We do have the kind of relationship where there'll be an email saying, 'Oh, your movie looks great.'"
"I remember when she got American Idol. I said, 'This was really smart. Good luck.' I touch base. I respect her. I like her. She's put up with some stuff that was unfair in her life, and I'm really pleased to see her successful," he added.