Ben Affleck‘s alcoholic relapse nearly misplaced him his position within the new movie The Way Back. Then ex-wife Jennifer Garner stepped in.
In October, the actor fell off the wagon. Footage of him having a look intoxicated outdoor a Halloween birthday celebration went viral. Affleck, who nearly passed through 3 rehab stints during the last 17 years, once more sought remedy. He has spoken about his restoration in press interviews for The Way Back, by which he performs a former basketball celebrity and previous alcoholic who hopes for a comeback along with his new process as a basketball trainer.
“Just as we started prepping the movie, Ben fell off the wagon,” director Gavin O’Connor instructed 34th Street mag in a up to date interview. “So he ended up going to rehab, and I didn’t know if the movie was over. The studio certainly thought the movie was over. His ex–wife Jennifer Garner called me up, and told me that when he went to rehab, he took a basketball with him. She said, ‘Gavin, he’s asking you, please don’t pull the plug on the movie, he really wants to do this.'”
“So, he had about a week of detoxing, because he really went off the deep end, and after a week, I was able to go see him,” O’Connor stated. “We spent part an afternoon in combination and found out some way to try this that may paintings for him, as a result of most significantly he had to get better and had to get his sobriety heading in the right direction. That overtook the whole lot. And then he were given out the day earlier than we began taking pictures. So we had an excessively uncooked, prone man appearing up for our first day of taking pictures.
The Way Back is about for free up on Friday, March 6, and has won most commonly certain critiques from critics.
Garner and Affleck, who percentage 3 youngsters, introduced their separation in 2015 and finalized a divorce in 2018, a couple of months after she staged an intervention that resulted in his earlier rehab stint.
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“I drank relatively normally for a long time. What happened was that I started drinking more and more when my marriage was falling apart,” Affleck instructed the New York Times in an interview printed remaining month. “This was 2015, 2016. My drinking, of course, created more marital problems.”
“The biggest regret of my life is this divorce,” he persevered. “Shame is really toxic. There is no positive byproduct of shame. It’s just stewing in a toxic, hideous feeling of low self-worth and self-loathing. It’s not particularly healthy for me to obsess over the failures— the relapses—and beat myself up. I have certainly made mistakes. I have certainly done things that I regret. But you’ve got to pick yourself up, learn from it, learn some more, try to move forward.”
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