Just a heads-up: if there's anything you've ever wanted to know about Ben Affleck, it's probably in his recent Playboy interview. The Oscar-winning actor, who is currently filming the big-screen adaptation of Gone Girl, sat down for the sexy men's magazine and proceeded to cover everything from his career highs and lows and Academy Award wins to politics and his bad-boy past. Ben also opens up about his longtime bromance with Matt Damon, as well as the other love of his life, Jennifer Garner — he had some especially aww-inducing things to say about falling for his wife on the set back in 2003. In addition to reflecting on the past, Ben also spoke out about his future projects; namely, the epic backlash that erupted after he was cast as the new Batman, saying, "If I thought the result would be another Daredevil, I'd be out there picketing myself."
Here's more — way more — from Ben Affleck's Playboy interview:
On His Bromance With Matt Damon
"Matt just moved down the street from me, so he lives closer to me now than when we were growing up together in Boston. Our kids hang out together; we have barbecues. I was at his place two nights ago. Having a friend you've been connected to since you were a little kid, that's grounding. Matt and my brother, Casey, are the two people I rely on the most, emotionally and professionally."
"We would take the train from Boston to New York to audition. We both felt, 'Look, I want to get the part, but if it's not me, I want it to be you.' It was a healthy way of acknowledging you want what you want, but you're also rooting for the other guy."
On His Career Highs and Lows
"[Gigli] was widely mocked because it had a funny name and overlapped with the tabloid situation. It became a perfect storm. Then Paycheck was mediocre, Surviving Christmas was bad, and I sunk into a morass. I thought, 'Okay, I want to get out of this.' My wife [Jennifer Garner] was definitely around then. Getting to know her, falling in love with her and being connected with her gave me a foundation. She is by leaps and bounds the most important person to me in that respect. Over the past 10 years, she has allowed me to have a stable home life while accomplishing my professional goals."
"The only movie I actually regret is Daredevil. It just kills me. I love that story, that character, and the fact that it got f*cked up the way it did stays with me. Maybe that's part of the motivation to do Batman."
Reflecting On His 2013 Oscar Win For Argo. . .
"There had been plenty of moments when I didn't know where I was going to end up. I had been kicked around some and maybe left for dead. I’m not a great believer in awards, and the idea that some movie is best, because it’s subjective. But standing there at the Academy Awards eased some of the pain and frustration I’d been carrying. I loved movies, and felt I knew how to make good ones and had something to offer, but there was a time when I wasn't sure I would be invited to try anymore."
. . . And Good Will Hunting in 1998
"Matt [Damon] and I just thought, 'Let’s take our moms.' We knew they’d want to go. We go down the red carpet and see all these journalists from TV. We're starstruck; 'Holy sh*t, is that Roger Ebert?'"
"I’ll never forget the first thought I had [when they read our names] — that I hadn't given one second of thought to what I might say. You are an idiot. You come to the Academy Awards and didn't prepare anything, not even secretly in your mind."
"Matt said, “Go ahead, talk first.” Only later did I realize his show of graciousness was designed to give him a minute to prepare what he was going to say. I mumbled a bunch of stupid things. I thanked Boston twice. Probably once would have been enough. We'd won the Golden Globe, but I think the only other thing I'd ever won was some Little League trophies when I was 12. I look back on the whole thing ruefully. I had no perspective. I thanked Cuba Gooding Jr. — by now I was just saying stuff. We high-fived everybody. I hugged Denzel Washington as we were coming offstage and he was going on. Why did I hug Denzel Washington? Maybe he didn't want to be hugged by me, a stranger. I felt like such an idiot afterward, but I have to say, we had a lot of fun that night."
See what Ben had to say about the Batman backlash, his bad-boy past, and making movies with Jennifer Garner when you keep reading.