In a deeply personal and honest interview with TheNewYorkTimes, Ben Affleck opens up about his alcoholism and how that has affected both his personal and professional life. 

During the interview, Ben mentions that he soured on the Batman role after his experience making the troubled Justice League and was told by someone they feared he’d “drink himself to death” if he made The Batman. 

AFFLECK: “I showed somebody ‘The Batman’ script.”

“They said, ‘I think the script is good. I also think you’ll drink yourself to death if you go through what you just went through again.’”

The Batman was then reworked into the version that is currently filming in the United Kingdom with Robert Pattinson taking over the role from Ben.

Affleck is still chugging along with projects as he is working with Ana de Armas on the erotic thriller Deep Water set for release on November 13th and has a supporting role in Ridley Scott’s period drama The Last Duel which begins filming his month in France. 

Affleck is also attached to direct the WWII project Ghost Army and another film King Leopold’s Ghost produced by Martin Scorsese. 

His latest film The Way Back is directed by Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant) focuses on widower that is struggling with alcohol when he’s asked to return to his former high school to coach the struggling basketball team to its former glory. 

Affleck had entered the recovery process before production began. 

The Way Back is set to be released on March 6th. 

Jack Cunningham (Ben Affleck) once had a life filled with promise. In high school, he was a basketball phenom with a full university scholarship, when suddenly, for reasons unknown, he walked away from the game, forfeiting his future. Now years later, Jack is spiraling down, triggered by an unspeakable loss, and drowning in the alcoholism that cost him his marriage and any hope for a better life. 

When he is asked to coach the basketball team at his alma mater, which has fallen far since his glory days, he reluctantly accepts, surprising no one more than himself. As the boys start to come together as a team and win, Jack may have finally found a reason to confront the demons that have derailed him. But will it be enough to fill the void, heal the deep wounds of his past, and set him on the road to redemption?

SOURCE: THE NEW YORK TIMES

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