Justice League star Ben Affleck is currently receiving mixed responses over a same-sex kiss-related comment he made 20 years ago. Most people seemed to have known the date the statement was made, but not Evan Rachel Wood. The Westworld actress slammed Affleck and told him to “grow up.”
The controversial comment was made two decades ago when Affleck starred in Chasing Amy. In the film, the Batman actor and Jason Lee shared a smooch. During an anniversary screening of the romantic comedy at the Outfest film festival in Los Angeles over the weekend, director Kevin Smith recalled a then 20-something Affleck saying that “a man kissing another man is the greatest acting challenge an actor can ever face.”
It was picked up by several outlets, including Paper Magazine, which shared a tweet about it. However, the tweet made it seem that Affleck said the phrase in the present day. It quickly went viral, and social media users, including Wood, targeted Affleck.
Evan Rachel Wood Reaction on Ben Affleck’s 20-Year-Old Comment
Along with a link to Paper Magazine’s tweet, Wood tweeted, “Try getting raped in a scene. Also, grow up Ben.” The Westworld star was referring to the HBO show’s debut episode in which her character, Dolores, was raped.
Though someone pointed out to Wood that Affleck’s comment was from 1997, she did not back down. “I’m sure he just thought it was a funny, but even jokes like that are damaging,” she wrote. Wood later deleted her tweets due to the negative responses she got.
“I have deleted the thread because of the sickening things people have written in response. I don’t want to give that kind of hatred a place,” she tweeted. Still, Wood continued to receive harsh comments. Most users thought it was wrong for Wood to attack Affleck for something he said two decades ago.
See some tweets against Wood below.
Meanwhile, Smith defended Affleck. In an apology video on Facebook, he said there is no way the Argo actor still shares the same sentiment 20 years later. “Of course, Affleck doesn’t feel that way today… It was my fault. I told a cute story that was printed elsewhere without any of the context,” Smith said, also apologizing to Wood for the controversy. Paper Magazine also released a statement saying the Twitter post was taken down due to its “misleading” content.
Ben Affleck on Homophobic Issue
In 1997 after the Chasing Amy came out, Affleck admitted that he struggled with the kissing scene with Lee. However, he stressed that he is not homophobic. “I’m not homophobic. I just… I guess I am more than I thought, in that, it was just difficult for me you know? And I didn’t think it would be. I really backed down from it in a way. I really could have done more of a committed job,” he told Entertainment Tonight during the movie’s premiere.
About 15 years later, he expressed regret on the way he handled the kiss. Affleck believed he could have done better. “[My peers said] you were a really great actor if you could convincingly play homosexual as a man, and I just blew it. The kiss is in there, but it looks like ‘Tom & Jerry.’ It’s not anything good… I tried to go open-mouthed, but something in me was, ‘Take your tongue back.’ And I was like, ‘No, you can do it! Push!’ It was not my proudest moment,” he told The New York Times in 2012.
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How about deleting it because you took a 20yr old conversation out of context and tweeted about it before knowing the facts?
— Jon (@theonlyjonm) July 19, 2017
DC fanboys, Evan. And Marvel probably too. You 'attacked' their precious Batman. To them precious Benny does no wrong. Some want u recast as
— Margaret (@lady_sati) July 19, 2017
The girl reads scripts for living yet she couldn't even read a damn article and went on a rant based on then headline.
— krg0911 (@Krg09110911) July 19, 2017
Deleted, but not apologized. And you said he needed to grow up. Yeah, no. Look in the mirror first before attacking people.
— Genevieve (@polishedgrad) July 19, 2017