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Ben Affleck Talks Sobriety, Reacts to Viewers Calling Him ‘Drunk’ at Grammys: ‘Still a Tremendous Stigma’

Ben Affleck, in spite of viral memes stating otherwise, had “a great time at the Grammys”– and he remembered of those declaring he appeared intoxicated at the award program. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Air actor/director, 50, responded to his facial expressions in the audience of the Grammy Awards in February ending up being social networks fodder, audiences presuming he was tired at the occasion, where he accompanied spouse Jennifer Lopez. “No. I havinged fun at the Grammys. My spouse was going, and I believed, ‘Well, there’ll be great music. It may be enjoyable.’ At motion picture award programs, it’s speeches and, like, sound-mixing webinars. I believed this would be enjoyable,” stated Affleck. Of the minutes captured on cam, the star stated, “I saw [host Trevor Noah approach] and I resembled, ‘Oh, God.’ They were framing us in this shot, however I didn’t understand they were rolling. I leaned into her and I resembled, ‘As quickly they begin rolling, I’m going to move far from you and leave you sitting beside Trevor.’ She goes, ‘You much better f– ing not leave.’ That’s a husband-and-wife thing.” Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck, Lauren Hashian, and Dwayne Johnson at the Grammys. Kevin Mazur/Getty Never miss out on a story– register for PEOPLE’s complimentary everyday newsletter to remain current on the very best of what PEOPLE needs to provide, from juicy celeb news to engaging human interest stories. He called the music awards reveal his “spouse’s work occasion” and confessed he has, in the past, “gone to occasions and been pissed off. I’ve gone and been tired. I’ve gone to award programs and been intoxicated, a lot. No one ever as soon as stated I’m intoxicated.” At the current Grammys, nevertheless, “they were like, ‘He’s intoxicated,'” stated Affleck, who has actually formerly been open about his sobriety. “And I believed, that’s fascinating. That raises an entire other aspect of whether it’s a good idea to acknowledge dependency since there’s a great deal of empathy, however there is still an incredible preconception, which is frequently rather hindering. I do believe it disincentivizes individuals from making their lives much better.” Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck at the Grammys on Feb. 5. Kevin Mazur/Getty Affleck informed THR that he ended up being “among the poster young boys for star alcohol addiction and healing and the entire thing”– “out of no desire of my own”– when he opened about getting sober. “The finest part about that is that in some cases individuals call me up and they’re like, ‘Hey, can you assist me out?’ And it makes me feel so excellent to do that,” he shared. “The huge technique of 12-step is the factor they desire you to assist other individuals is since it really assists you more. And typically what I’ll state to individuals is, ‘I would prevent [your addiction] coming out if I were you. You do not require to be any person’s poster kid. You do not require to f– ing inform any person.’ That’s why there’s 2 words on the front of the book. They’re simply as crucial, both of them: Alcoholics Anonymous. It’s constantly confidential.” Photography by Austin Hargrave for The Hollywood Reporter Lopez appeared to acknowledge partner Affleck’s temperament at the Grammys when she shared the trailer for his motion picture Air last month, including one obvious edit to the video. Prior to the trailer begins in her post, there’s a still picture of Affleck in character as Nike co-founder Philip Knight with a caption that checks out “my hubby’s delighted face,” in an evident referral to web commentary on his expression at the Grammys. “AIR … can not wait!” Lopez included the caption. Air remains in theaters April 5. If you or somebody you understand is having problem with drug abuse, please call the SAMHSA helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.