Ben Affleck Reveals Why Filming ‘Justice League’ Was The ‘Worst Experience’

Ben Affleck has opened up about why his time filming 2017’s “Justice League” was “the worst experience.”

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times published Friday, Affleck said that working on the superhero movie was a low point in his career due to a number of factors, including “competing agendas.”

The two-time Oscar winner also cited his divorce from Jennifer Garner (the couple filed for divorce in 2017 after their separation was announced in 2015), time spent away from home, the death of director Zack Snyder’s daughter, and reshoots, as the reasons for his experience.

Joss Whedon took responsibility for completing the film (a move that has become controversial) after Snyder stepped down from his role during post-production following the death of his daughter Autumn in March 2017.

“It was the worst experience. It was horrible,” Affleck told the Los Angeles Times. “It was all I didn’t like about it. That was the moment when I said, “I don’t do this anymore.” It’s not even about, like, “Justice League” was so bad. Because it could have been anything.”

Whedon, who created “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” was accused of being emotionally abusive and “toxic” on set from the late 1990s to early 2000s and the movie “Angel.” In 2020, Ray Fisher, who played a cyborg in the 2017 movie “Justice League”, was similarly accused of being “offensive”, “horrible” and “unprofessional” on the set of the superhero movie.

From left, actors Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher and Henry Cavill appear on a “Justice League” video call in London on November 3, 2017.

Elsewhere in the interview, Affleck noted that as he progressed in his career, he realized he needed to “stick to my standards” when it came to choosing projects.

He later said, “I am not occupied with notions of success or failure in terms of money or business success, because these things really spoil your choices.” “Then what happens is the movies are less exciting and you’re less good.” (Read his full LA Times interview here.)

The “The Tender Bar” actor faced backlash last month after he discussed his marriage to Garner during an interview on The Howard Stern Show, apparently suggesting that part of the reason he started drinking was because he felt “trapped.”

He said at one point during the lengthy interview, according to People: “I was like, ‘I can’t leave’ because of my kids, but I’m not happy, what do I do?” “What I did was drink a bottle of scotch and sleep on the couch, which turns out not to be the answer.”

Affleck later criticized the media for taking clips of his two-hour interview out of context, and making him appear “the worst, stupidest, most horrible guy.”

“I never want my kids to think I’m going to say a bad word about their mother,” he said during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

“The Tender Bar” arrived in select theaters last month and premiered on Amazon Prime this week.


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