Ben Affleck reveals that daughter Violet teases him and reflects on the alcoholism of his own father
Ben Affleck has opened up more than ever during his recent media tour for The Way Back.
The 47-year-old actor joked about his teenage daughter Violet who teased him because he had no contact with the younger generation during a show for his new drama on Tuesday in Miami.
This is after he has given an unblocked interview to the New York Times about his struggle with addiction, ’embarrassing’ relapse and his family history of alcoholism.
Frank: Ben Affleck joked about his teenage daughter Violet who teased him because he had no contact with the younger generation in his cast group chat during a screening for his new drama in Miami on Tuesday
However, things were much brighter at the screening of The Way Back, where he was asked whether or not he used emojis and admitted that he “learns a lot” when it comes to modern technology.
He said his 14-year-old daughter, who he shares with ex-wife Jennifer Garner, was gobsmacked when she discovered that her father was having a group conversation with his younger co-stars.
“My daughter is so funny, she teases me, she is 14 and she is like” Why do they allow you on this group chat? You don’t know what you’re talking about. Don’t act like you have any idea what’s going on, “he said.
“Then she says,” What do they say in the group chat? ‘which is very rarely suitable for my daughter, but it is very nice. It’s a way to keep in touch. It’s fun.’
“My daughter is so funny, she teases me, she is 14 and she is like” Why do they allow you on this group chat? You don’t know what you’re talking about. Don’t pretend you have any idea what’s going on, “he said (shown in January)
Ben’s costar Melvin Gregg, 31, said that at the end of the film, the Oscar winner had asked to participate in the cast group chat.
“I’m trying to get a little cooler,” Affleck said, then joked, “what’s this group conversation?”
The Argo director has done a lot of press this week to promote his new film in which he plays Jack Cunningham, a high school basketball coach who fights alcoholism.
Ben’s personal struggle with addiction reflects much of what his character is going through and for the first time in his career he gave a candid interview about his experiences.
Part of the team: Ben’s costar Melvin Gregg (right) mentioned that the Oscar winner had asked to be part of the ‘cool’ cast group chat at the end of filming The Way Back
In his new film The Way Back, Affleck plays Jack Cunningham, a high school basketball coach who fights alcoholism.
“There is a lot of alcoholism and mental illness in my family,” Ben told the Times. “The legacy is pretty powerful and sometimes hard to shake.”
His father Timothy was an alcoholic: ‘My father only really became sober when I was 19. The older I got, the more I realized that my father did the best he could. ”
“It took me a long time to admit to myself, fundamentally, deeply, without any hint of doubt, that I am an alcoholic,” he continued. “The next drink will be no different.”
Moving: In his new film The Way Back, Affleck plays Jack Cunningham, a high school basketball coach who fights alcoholism
In the interview, the Boston resident called his 2015 split from Jennifer Garner his “biggest regret.”
“The biggest regret of my life is this separation,” he told the publication. “Shame is really toxic. There is no positive by-product of shame. It’s just stewing in a poisonous, horrible feeling of low self-esteem and self-hatred. ”
The father of the three – for daughters Violet (14) and Seraphina (11) and son Samuel (seven) – said he “drank normally for a relatively long time” after their divorce.
“What happened was that I started drinking more and more when my marriage broke up,” he told the newspaper. “This was 2015, 2016. My drinking naturally caused more marital problems.”
Opening: Ben recently gave a candid interview to the NYT and discussed how “there are a lot of alcoholism and mental illnesses” in his family, including his father who became sober when Ben was 19
The Argo star went to a rehabilitation facility for alcohol addiction in August 2018 and said, “I’m fighting for myself and my family” in a social media post two months later about his efforts to stay sober.
He suffered a slip this fall when he was broken outside of Unicef’s Masquerade ball at the La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood, California, drunk and with vehicles nearby to stay upright in a clip posted on TMZ.
The following year, in August 2018, he would re-enter rehabilitation, with Garner taking him there personally.
“The biggest regret of my life is this separation,” he told the publication. “Shame is really toxic. There is no positive by-product of shame. It’s just stewing in a poisonous, horrible feeling of low self-esteem and self-hatred. “
Elsewhere in his interview with the New York Times, Affleck said drinking problems played a role in his announcement that he would stop playing Batman early last year.
The star revealed that he “showed someone the Batman script” and was told: “I think the script is good. I also think that you will drink yourself dead if you experience what you have just experienced. “
He told the newspaper that he has a positive mindset to move forward amid the ups and downs of life.
The Way Back is scheduled for March 6 in the US.
Progress: Ben said he decided to bow out of The Batman after a friend advised him to drink himself dead if it became complicated with the movie