Bennifer No. 1. (WireImage)
Although he has redeemed himself from "Gigli"-gate (the 2003 J.Lo project that earned a paltry $7 million at the box office and earned itself a spot at the top of Yahoo! Movies' Bottom Rated Movies of All Time list) and successfully carved out a respectable career as both an actor and director, he hasn't turned his back on his tabloid-fixture past — or the woman responsible for it. In fact, Affleck, 40, admits that he and Lopez still talk.
"We don't have the kind of relationship where she relies on me for advice," he says, "but we do have the kind of relationship where there'll be an e-mail saying, 'Oh, your movie looks great.' I remember when she got 'American Idol.' I said: 'This was really smart. Good luck.' I touch base. I respect her. I like her. She's put up with some stuff that was unfair in her life, and I'm really pleased to see her successful."
The Hollywood Reporter.
Clearly, all that has changed in the years since. This Friday, Affleck releases "Argo," a political thriller about the rescue of American diplomats during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, which is already garnering Oscar buzz. Eight years ago after yet another flop with Kevin Smith's "Jersey Girl," Affleck says, "I made the decision: 'I'm never, ever, ever going to do anything where I don't absolutely kill myself to get it right.'"
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