Ben Affleck has said that Matt Damon helped him quit portraying Batman.
The actor revealed in chat with his Good Will Hunting co-star and longtime friend for Entertainment Weekly that he had a difficult experience filming Justice League as the caped crusader, and subsequently learned from their conversation.
“I had a really nadir experience around Justice League for a lot of different reasons,” Affleck said. “Not blaming anybody, there’s a lot of things that happened. But really what it was is that I wasn’t happy. I didn’t like being there. I didn’t think it was interesting. And then some really shitty things, awful things happened. But, that’s when I was like, ‘I’m not going to do that anymore.'”
Going on to discuss Damon’s influence, Affleck said: “I talked to you about it and you were a principal influence on that decision. I want to do the things that would bring me joy.
“Then we went and did Last Duel and I had fun every day on this movie. I wasn’t the star, I wasn’t likeable. I was a villain. I wasn’t all the things I thought I was supposed to be when I started out and yet it was a wonderful experience. And it was all just stuff that came along that I wasn’t chasing.”
The pair recently co-starred in Ridley Scott’s medieval epic The Last Duel. Speaking about the film’s disappointing box office takings, Scott blamed millennial audiences.
“Disney did a fantastic promotion job,” Scott told Marc Maron on his WTF podcast. “The bosses loved the movie because I was concerned it was not for them.”
He went on: “I think what it boils down to – what we’ve got today [are] the audiences who were brought up on these fucking cell phones. The millennian, [who] do not ever want to be taught anything unless you told it on the cell phone.
“This is a broad stroke, but I think we’re dealing with it right now with Facebook. This is a misdirection that has happened where it’s given the wrong kind of confidence to this latest generation, I think.”