Earlier, Ben Affleck said that his life experiences have helped him become a stronger actor. The 48-year-old actor talked candidly about the real-life events that influenced his career in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, including raising children and his divorce from his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner.
“For me, the movie was a lot more about the reality that — if it’s having lived enough years, having experienced enough ups and downs, having had children and divorce — I’m at a stage now in my life that I have some life experience to add to a role to make it very interesting for me,” Affleck said of his 2020 film The Way Back.
Those encounters, according to Affleck, helped him develop as an actor while also making his chosen career choice more appealing.
“As I’ve grown older and had more vivid and significant personal encounters, acting has become even more important to me, and as a result, I’ve become attracted to the kinds of movies that are about flawed characters,” he said.
Last year, while advertising The Way Back, Affleck talked with Diane Sawyer of Good Morning America about his sobriety and public divorce from Garner, 48.
Sawyer, 75, read aloud a public thankyou he made for his ex-wife after showing the pre-recorded interview with Affleck. “‘Thank you,’ I like to say both publicly and privately. Thank you for being a good mother and human who is compassionate, considerate, and responsible.’ “Sawyer sat down to read.
During the interview, Affleck revealed that he never wanted his addiction to lead to Garner’s divorce. He said at the time, “I didn’t want to get divorced; I didn’t want to be a divorced guy, I didn’t want to be a broken family with my children.” “It troubled me because it meant that I wasn’t who I thought I was, which was both painful and disappointing.”
Affleck has previously spoken out on his substance abuse and divorce from Jennifer Garner. “The greatest regret of my life is this breakup,” the star admitted in an interview with The New York Times.
He went on to say, “Shame is very poisonous.” “Shame has no positive side effects. It’s just a poisonous, dehumanizing sense of low self-worth and self-loathing.” “For a long time, I drank pretty normally,” he told the outlet. “When my life began to fall apart, I began to drink more and more. 2015 and 2016 were the years in question. Of course, my alcoholism worsened my marital troubles.”
It Seems MCU Hesitates Telling Elizabeth Olsen About Their Plans
Marvel Studios is known for keeping their ambitions under wraps, not discussing the big picture with their stars. They famously distributed false and/or unfinished draughts for Avengers: Infinity War to avoid spoiling the film’s dramatic ending. Given this, it’s understandable that Olsen was unaware of the organization’s ultimate plans for Phase 4 and beyond. This is particularly true given that the show didn’t seem to play a significant role in this — at least not yet. Instead of becoming a lynchpin for the MCU’s multiverse, the show remained character-driven, concentrating on Wanda’s sadness. This was disappointing for some since WandaVision was littered with red herrings. Still, it’s important to note that, like the first film for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios still has plenty of time to deliver on some of those commitments.
In any case, it appears that Marvel Studios will deliver on the MCU multiverse with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. However, the film is still a long way off from release, and it appears that they are getting into the idea, with Olsen beginning to see the big picture. Before the sequel, the multiverse is supposed to play a role in Spider-Man: No Way Home, which has been reported to have plot similarities to the Raimi film. It is uncertain if Doctor Strange or Wanda will star in the threequel, but given Marvel Studios’ track record, patience is advised for their storytelling, as they excel on the long game.
Elizabeth Olsen and Jac Schaeffer Have Worked Hard on Wanda’s Narrative
Wanda Maximoff’s narrative over the death of Vision in Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War, as well as her failure after her twin brother Pietro Maximoff’s fatal sacrifice in Avengers: Age of Ultron, has been meticulously crafted by Elizabeth Olsen and Jac Schaeffer.
Olsen reflected on her work with Schaeffer on Wanda’s story in WandaVision, saying, “But it was the first time I felt that the artistic [team] grasped what I was thinking about Wanda and her life. [It was] an acknowledgment of these little anecdotes and moments she’d had in the MCU, and then blowing them up and having a full-fledged context. It felt as if you were being judged for having played this character for so long.”
“It was about this story of this young woman who has had to work her way through so many traumatic traumas without getting the ability to grasp them, yet being pushed into doing the best of what she had,” Olsen said of the story she was eager to explore in WandaVision.
Olsen remarked on the minute specifics picked up by the production staff, which Schaeffer commented on “Producer Mary Livanos and I spent a lot of hours poring through Wanda and Vision’s MCU scenes and obsessing over all the tiny details. That paprikash scene [in Captain America: Civil War] is a classic that has stood the test of time and with good reason. It’s this brief respite in the midst of the madness. They just appeared to exist in their little worlds to me.”
“There’s only smaller specifics of finding that some items were authentically Sokovian that we didn’t even get to make full use of yet, really building a real culture that has a nursery rhyme — just making this fictional country tangible,” Olsen said of the details tied to Wanda’s history.
Olsen remarked on how meaningful it was for the diverse sitcom inspiration and conventions to intensify the situation at hand as the series navigated Wanda’s stages of grief.