Kevin Smith Says Jennifer Garner is the Reason He's Not Friends with Ben Affleck Anymore
By Antoinette Bueno
Though Kevin Smith and Ben Affleck have worked on five films together including classics like Chasing Amy and Dogma, looks like the two are no longer close -- and according to Smith, the surprising reason is Affleck's wife Jennifer Garner.
When Yahoo Movies asked noted comic book fan Smith about a potential Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice surprise at this year's Comic-Con and if Affleck was in town, Smith replied that he didn’t know because the two were not "f*cking tight" anymore.
"I don't know, because we're not f*cking tight. I have not been [close with him] in decades. That's old Ben," he said. "He's got a wife [Jennifer Garner] that don't care for me at all. And plus, honestly, he probably don't care for me at all anymore. He's a triple-A-list movie star and s**t like that. If he's Jimmy Carter, I'm Billy Carter, to put it in '70s terms. And I'm not even related and s**t."
Though Smith's rep told E! News that his comments were "simply a joke," this isn't the first time he's detailed his differences with Garner.
He recalled their difficult dynamic working together in 2006's Catch and Release during a stop on his Silent Bob Speaks tour at Carnegie Hall in 2009.
"I was picking on Ben Affleck making fun of him because I've known him for a really long time -- I was talking smack -- and Jennifer goes, 'You know, if you keep saying stuff about him, I'm going to kick your ass.' And she could -- I've seen Alias. She has a real girly sense of humor and didn't understand that I was kidding," he said.
"I remember talking to Ben and being like, 'I know your lady is not finding me amusing. Ben, I've known you for years, and you are far sicker than I am!' His jokes are way dirtier than mine. He's made jokes to me, and I've been like, 'Ben, you need to go to church.'"
Though according to Garner's 13 Going on 30 co-star Mark Ruffalo, it's Affleck that shuts down the co-star friendships in their relationship.
During his appearance on Watch What Happens Live in June, Ruffalo said he didn't keep in touch with Garner despite their obvious on-screen chemistry.
"We had a great time together, and I think we would, but then Ben [Affleck] came on the scene and that was the end of that," Ruffalo said.