It’s been exactly a year since Jennifer Garner covered Vanity Fair and gave the magazine one of the best celebrity magazine interviews of 2016, if not THE best celebrity magazine interview of 2016. One of the best celebrity magazine interviews in years. I just re-read it. And since it’s Friday, and you might want to f-ck around before the weekend, you should too. The quotes! The quotes that came out of it!
“I didn’t marry the big fat movie star; I married him,” she says. “And I would go back and remake that decision. I ran down the beach to him, and I would again. You can’t have these three babies and so much of what we had. He’s the love of my life. What am I going to do about that? He’s the most brilliant person in any room, the most charismatic, the most generous. He’s just a complicated guy. I always say, ‘When his sun shines on you, you feel it.’ But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it’s cold. He can cast quite a shadow.”
Everyone pointed out afterwards that it’s a quote from The Talented Mr Ripley, a line delivered by Gwyneth Paltrow, who once dated Ben Affleck. But it’s the comment that came after that I like best:
“Of course this is not what I imagined when I ran down the beach, but it is where I am,” she says. “We still have to help each other get through this. He’s still the only person who really knows the truth about things. And I’m still the only person that knows some of his truths.”
SOME of his truths.
God that’s good. God SHE’s good.
And then of course there’s how the piece ended:
One thing is for sure: she refuses to claim responsibility for the midlife-crisis tattoo—the rising phoenix—that takes up her estranged husband’s entire back, as seen in photographs. “You know what we would say in my hometown about that? ‘Bless his heart.’ A phoenix rising from the ashes. Am I the ashes in this scenario?” Garner says with a wink.
“I take umbrage. I refuse to be the ashes.”
Is he the ashes? He might be feeling like it. Live By Night wasn’t a hit, not critically and not commercially. Ben Affleck is also no longer directing The Batman. And there are rumours now that he might want to quit The Batman entirely. That’s still only speculation but Warner Bros hasn’t come forward to deny it and neither has Ben. In addition to, maybe, permanently breaking up with Batman, he could also be permanently be done with Jennifer. Because US Weekly reports that almost two years after announcing their separation, she’s ready to formally file for divorce and that he’s finally moved out.
I believe that it would totally be her call too. Because she’s never been the f-ckup in this relationship. He, on the other hand, has always been very, very good at f-cking sh-t up.
Attached: Jennifer out in LA on February 13th and 14th.