Ben Affleck found himself in a bit of a controversy a few months ago after a casino accused him of counting cards. Affleck is finally talking about that controversy, but he isn’t apologizing.
“That is a true story,” Affleck told Us Weekly. “I mean, that took place. I took some time to learn the game and became a decent blackjack player. And once I became decent, the casinos asked me not to play blackjack. I mean, the fact that being good at the game is against the rules at the casinos should tell you something about casinos.”
For Affleck, it wasn’t about money, but rather, about learning to be the best at something — a motivation that has gotten him to where he is today.
“I had always liked blackjack,” he explained. “I don’t play any other games of chance. I don’t bet on football games, and I don’t gamble at all, really, outside of that. But I knew with blackjack that there’s a way you can improve your odds. And so I started trying to learn. And then I just got to a point in my life where I’m like, ‘If I’m going to do something, I’m going to try and do it really well.'”
Affleck is finally admitting that he did count cards, but he said reports that he was escorted outside by the casino aren’t true.
“No, I wish!” he said. “That would be awesome. [Like,] ‘Get him outta here! He’s a magician!’ Unfortunately, they just came up and said, ‘We can’t let you play blackjack. But we have other table games! We have Chinese poker!'”
Affleck is currently taking on the role of the caped crusader in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but you can see him next in Gone Girl, a film about a man whose wife disappears. Affleck said his real life living under the scrutiny of the media helped him prepare for the role.
“I definitely can remember times when I thought, ‘Look, I’m just going to be myself and do what I want to do and live my life in a really honest way.'”