Since his divorce from Jennifer Garner, and the commercial failure of Batman v Superman, Ben Affleck has become something of a symbol. And The New Yorker decided to explore Affleck's image in a recent essay, which the actor has now responded to.
"Since the split, Affleck has been photographed more than once by the paparazzi, looking despondent. The resulting pictures have become reliable meme-fodder. A series of images of Affleckin his car, his eyes shut in seeming resignation, made the rounds; so did another , of the actor smoking a cigarette, his face a mask of exhaustion. "
And, that's not all. Describing the recent sighting of Affleck's gigantic back tattoo, The New Yorker wrote, "His gut is pooching outward in a way that, in a more enlightened country like, say, France, would perhaps be considered virile, not unlike the lusty Gérard Depardieu in his prime but, in fitness-fascist America, tends to read as Homer Simpsonesque." Unsurprisingly, Affleck is not here for this particular description.
On Thursday, the Argo director tweeted," I’m doing just fine. Thick skin bolstered by garish tattoos."
So, there you have it. Affleck has a giant back tattoo of a phoenix that his ex-wife described to Vanity Fair as a "midlife-crisis." But he also has thick skin, and his "garish" ink gives him life. Any questions?