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You’re Ben Affleck (sorry). You’ve recently made the should-have-gone-straight-to-video movies Daredevil, Gigli and Jersey Girl. As a result, you’re not exactly considered a box office draw anymore.

What do you do?

Keep blaming the media, of course!

Affleck
is currently promoting his new film, Hollywoodland, at the Venice Film Festival. But he still found time to whine:

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez in 2021
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“I think more and more people pay attention to actor’s private lives … it makes it difficult to suspend disbelief when you are going to watch their movie because really what you are thinking about is whatever you have read about them in a magazine rather than the performance they are giving and it makes the actors job harder.”

Right, right. Media attention just killed Brad Pitt and Angelina Joile during Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Only millions upon millions of people watched that flick.

Same for Jennifer Anistion and Vince Vaugh in The Break Up. That didn’t almost shatter romantic comedy box office records or anything.

We’re not defending tabloid invasion into people’s private lives. But we’re certainly not agreeing with Affleck that it hurts box office appeal.

Just make some good movies, Ben.