By now, Bennifer seems like a long-forgotten fantasy, tucked away with NSYNC, belly shirts and other early 2000s nostalgia. But Ben Affleck still has some afterthoughts to share, 12 years later.
Last night at a TimesTalks discussion in New York City, the actor got real about how his highly-publicized relationship with Jennifer Lopez affected the 2002 film they starred in together, Gigli:
"It could have been a bad movie no one cared about. Angelina Jolie had a bad movie that year and no one cared. But it was because I was dating Jennifer Lopez that made it a big fucking deal. So not only was it just a bad movie but 'they dated each other,'" the actor-turned-director said. (Note the subtle shade at Jolie's 2003 project, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life and Beyond Borders.)
Affleck and JLo met on the set of Gigli and started dating in 2002. The actor recalled that the craze over their on- and off-screen romance was so intense that people were even reporting from theaters where the film was playing.
"There was a reporter doing stand-up in front of the theater that Friday morning, [saying] 'Here I am outside of Gigli, and as you can see, no one is here in line. I was like, 'What is this, hurricane coverage?'" he joked.
The couple continued their much-obsessed-over relationship after the film, but they later called off their engagement in 2004. Now, both are also fresh off breakups. Lopez, ended her relationship with longtime boyfriend Casper Smart over the summer, while Affleck split from his wife Jennifer Garner in July 2015. Despite their separation, he still has high praise for his estranged wife, with whom he has three children. "[Jennifer is] the greatest mom in the world," he said.
To treat your Gigli nostaliga with the trailer below, and watch Affleck's full TimesTalks Q&A here.
[h/t Us Weekly
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