Apparently Mark Ruffalo used to be bosom buddies with Jennifer Garner for a while. They met on the set of the 2004 movie 13 Going on 30 (shit movie) and immediately hit it off on a platonic level. Things were going great and they had an awesome friendship going… until Ben Affleck came on the scene.
Mark appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen last week and was asked by a fan if he and Jennifer still keep in touch. Here’s what he said (via US Weekly):
“We had a great time together, and I think we would, but then Ben [Affleck] came on the scene and that was the end of that,” Ruffalo said smiling.
“I heard he doesn’t allow her to have male friends,” host Andy Cohen said, joking, “I made that up!”
Ruffalo shrugged and pled the fifth, adding that it was “sad” he hadn’t stayed close with the Alias star in the 10 years since the film was released.
So… what happened here, do we think? Did Ben Affleck tell his future wife that she couldn’t be friends with Mark? Did Jennifer get so sprung off Ben that she was no longer interested in being friends with Mark? It’s all so dramatic! (Not really, but go with it.)
June 30, 2014 at 10:00 am by Jennifer
Ben Affleck‘s love of gambling advantages – or, as some would call them, “cheats” – got him banned from the blackjack tables at the Hard Rock casino in Las Vegas, but it turns out other casinos are more keen to welcome the big spender to their floors. Namely, The D Casino Hotel and the Golden Gate Hotel in downtown Vegas. He can head there anytime!
Derek Stevens owns The D Casino Hotel and Golden Gate Hotel in downtown Vegas — and he wants Ben to bring his chips from the strip without worrying about getting swooped up by security.
Stevens tells us, “The D Las Vegas is not afraid of Ben Affleck winning a few hands in a row,” adding, “Ben can come play blackjack and not worry about security walking him out!”
Heading off the strip doesn’t mean you lose whale status — The D can accommodate high rollers up to $10K per hand.
Well, that’s mighty nice of you, Derek! Of course, I think Ben will probably stay at the major casinos – Caesars will probably welcome him with open arms, as would Planet Hollywood and a million others. But, you know, he should probably work on his poker face (so to speak) a bit more, anyway.
May 6, 2014 at 6:32 am by Jennifer
It sounds like the set up to a joke: why did Ben Affleck get banned from the Hard Rock Casino? But it’s not and here’s the answer: for counting cards. How do you like them apples?
From Hollywood Life:
A new report claims that on April 29, the Oscar winner was accused of counting cards at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and subsequently banned.
Here’s how it went down. Ben was busy playing an intense round of blackjack when security guards suddenly approached the actor and accused him of card counting, according to Radar Online. So shocking, right?
Counting cards is NOT illegal in Vegas, but it is totally frowned upon. The offense usually results in the gambler being kicked out of a casino, but Ben was punished way harder than that — he was BANNED for life by the Hard Rock!
It goes on to say that even though he was banned for life, he totally didn’t let it ruin his day. Awww! How nice.
What do you think: should he have gotten kicked out and banned for life?
May 3, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Though summer’s technically not over, I think it’s time to take a look back at everything that happened these summer months. There was a LOT. What do you think was the most shocking? The most WTF? The best fashion moment? Let’s vote!
In case you need a refresher, here are some links to these stories: (more…)
September 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm by Catherine St. Ives
I wouldn’t think a grown man would want people to know that he built a Batcave at his house, but director Kevin Smith didn’t care about that and put Ben Affleck on blast, revealing that he’s done just that. Kevin bought Ben’s old house a few years back, whereupon he discovered just how into Batman the new Batman is.
From Smith’s Hollywood Babble-On podcast:
“His house that I would end up buying, when I first saw it he was touring me through the place and said, ‘Come here, I gotta show you my room’.
“He brings me into the room and goes, ‘Look at this’. There’s an office room and this beautiful bookcase – he reached under and he clicked something and all of a sudden the bookcase opened.
“I was like, ‘No! You built a fucking Batcave?’ And he was like, ‘No I built a Batcave entrance!’ When you went in behind the bookcase it was a panic room.”
Awesome! I totally want a big house one day JUST to build a massive room that’s behind a bookcase. Kevin also thinks Ben will make a great Batman, no matter what the haters have to say about it.
“This dude has loved Batman going as far back as I can remember. He only did Daredevil because he loved Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns.”He’s like, ‘They’re never going to make another Batman‘, because this was after Batman had nipples. So he was like, ‘Daredevil‘s cool, and Miller wrote him as well’. So he liked the character, but it was always rooted in Batman.
“He’s always been into the notion. He’ll honor the character. I honestly think the dude’s a great actor, it makes absolute sense.”
I’m not really into Batman, so I’m not the right person to ask about it, honestly. Ben Affleck’s a pretty cool guy, though, so I’m not totally against it.
August 28, 2013 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
Ben Affleck is going to get so much money. He’s going to be Batman. In public. In the movies. Someone is paying him to be Batman. This is all legal. This is happening. This makes a lot of sense because we’ve been needing a Batman who is over 40 and Ben Affleck blew us all away as Daredevil.
Here’s some of the official release, from Warner Brothers Facebook page:
BEN AFFLECK REVEALED AS BATMAN IN WARNER BROS. PICTURES’ NEW SUPER HERO FEATURE FILM, NOW SLATED TO OPEN JULY 17, 2015
The Oscar®-winning star joins Henry Cavill in the first ever onscreen match-up of DC Comics’ most iconic characters.
BURBANK, CA, August 22, 2013 – Ending weeks of speculation, Ben Affleck has been set to star as Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne. Affleck and filmmaker Zack Snyder will create an entirely new incarnation of the character in Snyder’s as-yet-untitled project—bringing Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen and continuing the director’s vision of their universe, which he established in “Man of Steel.”
[...] Silverman stated, “We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”
I’m just going to leave this LOL right here.
What do you think of this choice? And if not Affleck, who would you have chosen?