Some 20-year-old comments from Ben Affleck have resurfaced to cause out-of-the-blue controversy for the “Justice League” star after many construed his remarks to be blatantly homophobic.
The fracas began during a Q&A following a 20th-anniversary screening of “Chasing Amy” when director Kevin Smith recalled a scene that required Affleck to kiss co-star Jason Lee, reports Gay Star News.
According to Smith, Affleck said: “A man kissing another man is the greatest acting challenge an actor can ever face.” After finishing the scene, recalled Smith, Affleck stated: “Now, I’m a serious actor.”
Affleck’s alleged quote did not go over well with many people, one of whom is openly bisexual “Westworld” star Evan Rachel Wood, who took to Twitter to bash the two-time Oscar winner for his words.
Commenting on a tweet referencing the remark, Wood begged to differ. “Try getting raped in a scene,” she wrote, adding tersely: “Also, grow up Ben.”
In subsequent tweets, Wood pointed out that “jokes like that are damaging,” and also notes that actresses don’t necessarily enjoy a “straight kiss” with a male co-star.
While Affleck has yet to comment on his 20-year-old comments, Smith took to Twitter to defend the remarks as something he said “when he was in his goofy 20s. No way he STILL feels that.”