Deeply divorced, Guy Ben Affleck marries
Over the weekend, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez got hitched in Vegas. It’s unclear how getting married will affect Affleck’s star character as the “guy who’s divorced.”
Throughout his career, as he went from indies to stardom to being visibly embarrassed in terrible superhero movies, Affleck has portrayed different types of guys perfectly. In the beginning, in introspection Goodwill hunting and his collaborations with Kevin Smith, Affleck could reasonably rub elbows with other types of independent films, though his stardom soon eclipsed that circle. Most of Affleck’s career would come after starring in Armageddon so what wearing pearls several years later. Both Michael Bay-directed films were true blockbusters, and Affleck went from “that cute guy from Mallrats » to a real star. After beginning to date fellow movie star Jennifer Lopez, Affleck began to feel more than a little overexposed, especially after starring in two movies with her. Gigli sank Affleck’s career as an actor for a short time; in 2004, their poor collaboration jersey girl came out after she broke up with him.
Since then, Affleck’s career has been defined more by loss than success; he even began playing characters who defined themselves by their loss. Perhaps Affleck’s most significant role at the end of the period is missing girl, in which he plays a man accused of murder by his missing wife, and whose defining characteristic as a person is that when he smiles, he looks like a total asshole. Its Batman in Justice League is implied to act as an ultraviolent murderer specifically because he lost a Robin. In Triple Frontier, he literally plays a divorced dad who’s also the worst, least enthusiastic realtor there is, who also loses his absolute shit at the first chance he gets to commit harmless violence. In the midst of it all, Affleck and his wife Jennifer Garner got divorced, which makes the most intriguing thing about him the seemingly blurred lines between his on-screen persona, his off-screen persona, and him as a real person.
Nothing defined Affleck’s turn as a “divorced man” more than his breakup with Ana de Armas. In a tabloid photo taken shortly after their breakup, someone in Affleck’s backyard throws a life-size cardboard cutout of Armas. Just that image evokes a whole world of loss, even without Affleck’s actual presence. The physicality of Affleck’s misfortune is intoxicating, especially in other candid images of Affleck watching in terror as a photographer shoots him. struggling with a Dunkin’ Donuts order, visibly regret various life choices while promoting Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justiceand particularly, smoke cigarettes. (The latter is now an image of perpetual reaction to indicate feeling overwhelmed and beleaguered.)
The star character of Affleck as a divorced man is so complete that even getting married can’t quite erase my perception of Affleck as a divorced man. The fact that Jennifer Lopez took her name (Jennifer Affleck!) doesn’t take away from years of watching this guy with a smug grin ride on his own feet year after year. Although Affleck was a movie star, even in the work he did, he never really proved himself to be a great actor. he presents himself as a divorcee too recognizable to disappear into a role. In The last duelAffleck is hilarious and surprisingly charming, but his turn as King of France looks a bit like Boston Guy Divorced: Origins than a deliberate performance. Perhaps Affleck’s most enduring role will be the one he created in public: being a little too tired, a little too old, and never quite getting it right. It would just be his luck.