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Ben Affleck: Jennifer Garner built my career

If you think Ben Affleck will make a terrible Batman, you can blame his wife for that — and the rest of his hot-again career.

Jennifer Garner Ben AffleckBehind every good man is a great woman, and no one knows that better than Ben Affleck.

The Academy Award-winning writer and director, who has starred in a few hits and misses himself, says that he never would have gotten his career back on track after a string of failures if not for the love and support of his wife, Jennifer Garner.

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In an interview with Playboy, Affleck explained how his wife makes his success possible.

“Getting to know her, falling in love with her and being connected with her gave me a foundation to reach out and say, ‘Okay, I’m going to do Hollywoodland; I’m going to direct Gone Baby Gone,'” Affleck told the mag.

“Those were the steps forward I needed to put positive stuff on the board,” he said. “She is by leaps and bounds the most important person to me in that respect. Over the past 10 years she has allowed me to have a stable home life while accomplishing my professional goals.”

“We met on Pearl Harbor, which people hate, but we fell in love on Daredevil,” he explained. “By the way, she won most of the fights in the movie, which was a pretty good predictor of what would happen down the road — my wife, holding swords and beating the living s*** out of me.”

And those two flicks are exactly why he says the couple won’t act together again.

“Well, my wife and I made Pearl Harbor and Daredevil. With our track record, I don’t know if anyone’s looking for a three-quel,” he joked.

“It’s already hard to get people to suspend disbelief. Then you have married couples in the same movie. People know about the marriage, and they’re not willing to acknowledge the couple as anything else.”

In fact, he says, we can blame Daredevil for his accepting the role of Batman, causing a huge outcry among fans of the series.

“The only movie I actually regret is Daredevil. It just kills me. I love that story, that character and the fact that it got f***ed up the way it did stays with me. Maybe that’s part of the motivation to do Batman.”

“If I thought the result would be another Daredevil, I’d be out there picketing myself,” he said. “Why would I make the movie if I didn’t think it was going to be good and that I could be good in it?”

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