Ben Affleck Slams Divorce Rumors But Admits to His Gambling Woes

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Ben Affleck wants everyone to know that any divorce rumors about his marriage to Jennifer Garner are patently untrue. Also those rumors that he got kicked out of a casino several months ago for counting cards in a blackjack game -- actually those are sort of true. The movie star admitted that he had been counting cards but wasn't escorted out.

The 42-year-old actor recently opened up to Details magazine about his latest role portraying Nick Dunne, the main character of the upcoming Gone Girl. The highly anticipated movie is based off the bestselling novel of the same name and deals with the central theme of the web of lies spun by the media.


You know, something no movie star can relate to. When asked if he were wary playing Dunne, a man who becomes a suspect in his wife's murder, the Oscar winner responded, "I'm accustomed to all kinds of absurdity, so I expect that. No matter what ... So I know some people will react in a ridiculous way ... you just can't get away from that. I can promise you that will happen."

Like the reports that he got kicked out of Las Vegas casino earlier this year for counting cards. Totally false. The getting kicked out part, at least -- because the actor freely admits to counting cards.

"I took some time to learn the game and became a decent blackjack player," he admitted. "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."

Of the getting thrown out rumors, Affleck admitted, "I wish I could say they were afraid of me in every capacity, but they only said, 'No blackjack' ... that would be awesome [if they threw me out]. '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!'"

So not as salacious as the media would have us believe. Affleck also had something to say about the reports that his lovely wife and the mother of his three children was "sick" of his gambling ways.

"See, that's tabloid s--t. That's all bulls--t," he exclaimed when asked about the divorce rumors. "They completely lie. I mean, I can show you 10 articles of Star and OK! -- those magazines feel totally comfortable absolutely fictionalizing every single element of the story. And there's nothing you can do about that. My only hope is that people with any common sense recognize that those stories are false. And, I don't know, there're worse stories ..." 

There are, but at least the experience of fame prepared Affleck to play a character at the center of a media circus.

Director David Fincher told Details, "I did not want to entrust that character to somebody who doesn't understand what that [the tabloid media] is ... nobody signs up for this. If you showed people how absurd this kind of attention is, they would never sign up to be a movie star. They would go, 'Thank you, but no thank you.' What's Nick Dunne's mechanism? His mechanism is, 'I want you to like me, and I will use my charm to disarm any situation that starts to feel uncomfortable for me.' And you had to have an actor who understands what a slippery slope that is."

Sounds like Ben Affleck was the perfect choice!

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