HomeTV and MoviesBen Affleck suffered a 'breakdown' while filming about a 'broken marriage' after Jen Garner divorce and rehab
Ben Affleck suffered a 'breakdown' while filming about a 'broken marriage' after Jen Garner divorce and rehab
BEN Affleck has admitted he struggled to film personal scenes about a broken marriage, following his own split from ex-wife Jennifer Garner.
The actor made to the revelation while discussing his new flick, The Way Back, which follows a basketball coach battling alcoholism and dealing with a divorce.
And the fact the story mirrored Ben's own real life struggles, following his public battle with alcoholism, made the filming process incredibly challenging.
Speaking to The Associated Press, he explained: "This movie was hard to make. Sometimes it was painful. And sometimes I was embarrassed. And sometimes I couldn’t believe my life had any similarity to this.
"Sometimes just feeling those feelings again purges them a little bit and frees you a little bit."
And the film's director Gavin O’Connor confirmed that Ben pushed himself — to the point of a breakdown.
He explained: "It was probably the second take, Ben just had a breakdown.
"It was like the dam broke and everything came out. I just remember the crew, everyone was frozen, watching him bear his soul. It was obviously real."
He continued: "A lot of things that he probably had to say in his own life, or maybe he had said, I don’t know.”
In fact, Ben was so vulnerable that the director cut some of the footage because "it would be too hard for an audience to watch, too personal."
Meanwhile Ben also added that the journey he has gone on in the past few years may have been painful, but ultimately led to important changes in his relationships.
Ben first checked into rehab in 2001 and made a second trip to rehab in 2017.
One year later, Ben checked in a live-in rehab facility after Jennifer staged an intervention.
In October, Ben admitted to relapsing during his alcoholism recovery – just days after celebrating a year of sobriety.
But the Argo star proudly stated in the interview: "I have a better relationship with my kids today than I did three years ago. I have a better relationship with my ex-wife, I think, than I did three years ago.
"I think I’m a more interesting person because most of the growth that I’ve had has come from pain."
Indeed, Ben and Jen have been able to maintain a good co-parenting relationship for their children Violet, 14, Seraphina, 11, and Samuel, who turns 8 this month, since their split in 2015.
The pair's outing comes after it was revealed that Jen's new boyfriend John Miller isn't happy about Ben's candid interviews.
And the troubled actor said their divorce is his biggest regret and that he hopes for "meaningful" love in the future with someone other than his kids' mom.
Sources close to Jennifer's boyfriend of two years John Miller say he has become "uncomfortable" with Ben, who is a recovering alcoholic, putting his ex in the spotlight, again.
The Insider revealed to US Weekly: “John believes Ben would remarry Jennifer if she wanted to get back together.
"John is empathetic to Ben’s struggles with sobriety, but he worries about how Jennifer has once again become the focus.”
"The spotlight on Jennifer is intense and Ben needs to consider her feelings before speaking so publicly.
“John wants to marry Jennifer but knows she isn’t ready yet."
Speaking on Good Morning America, Ben said: "I never thought that I was gonna get divorced. I didn’t want to get divorced. I didn’t want to be a divorced person. I really didn’t want to be a split family with my children.
“And it upset me because it meant I wasn’t who I thought I was. And that was so painful and so disappointing in myself.”
The actor added: "There are things I would love to go back and change. I have regrets. I made plenty of mistakes, some big and some small.
"I wish I could go back in time and change all kinds of things but I can't."
And he took the opportunity to confirm that he is not looking for new love on any dating sites, as had previously been reported.
Ben continued: "I'm not on any websites… Tinder, Grinder, Bumble… I'm not on any of them. And I don't have any judgment who are but that's not me.
"I would love to have a relationship that was deeply meaningful and one to which I would be deeply committed."
Since his split from Jen, the actor has been briefly linked with model Shauna Sexton and musician Katie Cherry, while he enjoyed a longer relationship with SNL producer Lindsay Shookus.