Gigli: never forget!
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner won't be collaborating any time soon.
When asked about making a movie with his wife of 5 years, a seemingly traumatized Affleck was blunt. "Jen is a great actress," the actor, 38, says in the new Us Weekly. "I would be profoundly lucky to work with her. But something tells me that people don't want to see real-life couples together at the movies."
Affleck should know. His 2003 flick Gigli, in which he costarred with then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, was a critical and commercial catastrophe. (He and Lopez split in 2004.)
"I think audiences have a hard time suspending disbelief," he added to Time magazine at a recent event. "They already know a whole bunch of things about the relationship you have with the other person and if you try and thrust you and another person into a fictional relationship, I think it is distracting."
Before their relationship began, he and Garner, 38, appeared onscreen together in 2003's Daredevil. They are now parents to two daughters: Violet, 4, and Seraphina, 20 months.
Affleck directed and stars in the upcoming crime drama The Town, in which he appears in two talked-about sex scenes, including one with Blake Lively. He told Time that the scene was "very depressing…She's the ex girlfriend, and we sort of keep falling back in it. The one you keep trying to get away from but can't quite and we are really bad for one another."
The star praised Lively's performance. "Blake was really good, she really got that that was the idea, she really committed to it and the idea was to make it not to cheap or tawdry."