Dude got TIPSY.
Along with Charles Barkley, Ben Affleck was a guest on the first episode of the new HBO sports talk show, Any Given Wednesday, hosted by Bill Simmons.
The show is only a half hour long and Ben Affleck, tipsy, went second. He made sense, I GUESS, but he swore and slurred a lot, and you can definitely tell he’d had a few. Given how conscious Affleck is of his image, I have to wonder if heâ€™s regretting this today (along with his headache). Oh yeah, and TMZ says the thing was taped at 11 am. So there’s that. Hereâ€™s some of what he said, plus a clip”
On deciding to direct after a career slump: If you went by what people saidâ€¦ I wasnâ€™t cool and I wasnâ€™t talented, and I was like the lowest rung of cool and talented that you could possibly be in the public consciousness at that time. I had broken up with Jennifer Lopez and I had like three or four movies in a row that had bombed.
I was so uncool that I was literally a punchline inâ€¦ Arlissâ€™s [Robert Wuhl’s] straight to United Airlines video standup bit. So that guy had to look around and go â€˜Whoâ€™s below me that I can sh*t on?â€™ and he picked me. He did a whole bit about me that I saw on United Airlines and I [thought] â€˜This is it, it really doesnâ€™t get much worse than this.â€™ That was where I found myself when I thought â€˜hey I want to take up directing,â€™ which is for people that are taken seriously. That became my mantra â€˜Iâ€™m just going to work harder than everybody elseâ€¦â€™ My wife was really instrumental and helpful in me doing a lot of that work because I was just so focused [on it] and it was harder to balance family and all that.
On almost directing a Star Wars Movie: It wouldnâ€™t be polite to talk about the jobs you turned down but I did have a lot of offers. Forks in the road that are like legitimate different paths.
On Deflategate: Deflategate is the ultimate bullsh*t fâ€™ing outrage, of sports everâ€¦ They gave [Brady] a suspension for a quarter of a regular season, which would be the equivalent of suspending a baseball player for 40 fâ€™ing days, which is what they do when you get busted taking steroids. By the way if the NFL had a real test for steroids and HGH there would be no fâ€™ing NFL. What they did was suspend Tom Brady for four days for not giving them his fâ€™ing cell phone and for having a friend who called himself â€˜The Deflater.â€™ If I got in trouble for all the things that my friends called themselves, I would be finishedâ€¦ I would have never give an organization as leak prone as the NFL my fâ€™ing cell phone so you can just look though my emails and listen to my voice mail? So first thing theyâ€™re going to do is leak this sh*t. Maybe itâ€™s funny lovely sex messages from his wifeâ€¦ Maybe Tom Brady is so fâ€™ing classy and such a fâ€™ing gentleman that he doesnâ€™t want people to knowâ€¦ his real opinion of some of his coworkersâ€¦ Theyâ€™re not the FBI, this isnâ€™t a fâ€™ing federal subpoena.
(Via Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons)
Affleck calls Deflategate a â€œconspiracy of people within the NFLâ€ to smear Brady and both of them agreed that NFL head Roger Goodell was abusing his authority. I donâ€™t have a dog in this fight except to talk about Affleck. He was understandable until he got started on Deflategate and thatâ€™s when he started swearing excessively and slurring a bit. Before then he was maintaining well and he wasnâ€™t visibly drunk. Again, he probably wishes he had skipped the booze before the show but since
it was probably taped at night that may not have been an option for him. I donâ€™t think he spends his nights sober, is what Iâ€™m saying.
Update: This was taped at 11 AM, according to TMZ.