IBINUNYAG ni Ben Affleck sa pamamagitan ng kanyang post sa Facebook nitong Martes na kakatapos lamang niyang magpa-rehab.
“I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront,” saad niya. “I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be. I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step. I’m lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen, who has supported me and cared for our kids as I’ve done the work I set out to do. This was the first of many steps being taken towards a positive recovery.”
Dati nang pumasok sa rehab noong 2001 si Affleck sa hindi binanggit na kadahilanan.
“I went to rehab for being 29 and partying too much and not having a lot of boundaries and to clear my head and try to get some idea of who I wanted to be,” saad ni Affleck sa cover story ng The Hollywood Reporter noong 2012. “It was more a ‘let me get myself straight,’ before it became a rite of passage.”
Inihayag nina Affleck at Jennifer Garner ang kanilang paghihiwalay noong 2015, ngunit hindi pa ganap ang kanilang diborsiyo. Mayroon silang tatlong anak. Nagbida at idinirehe kamakailan ni Affleck ang pelikulang Live by Night sa Warner Bros, na hindi masyadong nagustuhan ng mga kritiko at hindi naging maganda ang resulta sa box office. Nitong Enero, inihayag niya na hindi na niya ididirehe ang The Batman.
“Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require,” ani Affleck. “Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”
Si Matt Reeves ang pumalit na direktor ng pelikula ng Warner Bros. Mapapanood si Affleck bilang Bruce Wayne/Batman sa Justice League sa Nobyembre, na natapos nang i-shoot. Wala pang balita kung kailan ipapalabas ang The Batman.