Ben Affleck will soon strike fear into the hearts of criminals as Batman in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie. He also pays the FedEx delivery man to pretend to be the Joker and spar with him.
Ben Affleck shared the anecdote in a recent interview with The New York Times. His 4-year-old son knows he's Batman. "He also thinks that for some reason – I don’t know if it’s the color combination or whatever – that the FedEx guy is the Joker.”
That leaves the actor with little choice but to confront the criminal mastermind on his lawn. "The burden’s on me to go out there and give the guy an extra 20 bucks to pantomime a whole Adam West kung fu battle.”
The profile also discusses the dual lives of Bruce Wayne - billionaire playboy by day, vigilante by night - and Ben Affleck. The director and star of Best Picture winner Argo is battling tabloid claims of infidelity as he prepares to divorce Jennifer Garner after a decade of marriage.
“He’s filling the hole in his soul with these increasingly morally questionable nighttime excursions – fighting crime as well as by being this playboy," says Affleck, probably referring to Batman.
Batman v Superman screenwriter Chris Terrio also sees parallels. Both Bruce Wayne and Ben Affleck play a role in public but become someone different at home. Affleck has to be charming and relaxed when he's promoting a movie, Terrio says. But, "There has to be the cave side to you, where you go home, and the world is not so effortless and charming and black and white."
Affleck suggests that audiences find it hard to separate him from the flawed spouses he plays in Argo, Gone Girl and other movies. In contrast, “Denzel Washington can play almost anybody – mass murderers – and you go, ‘But he’s all right'."
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Garner shared some details about Affleck's shortcomings as a husband. “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.”
Read the full story in The New York Times.