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Since the split, Affleck has been photographed more than once by the paparazzi, looking despondent. The resulting pictures have become reliable meme-fodder. A series of images of Affleck vaping in his car, his eyes shut in seeming resignation, made the rounds; so did another picture, of the actor smoking a cigarette, his face a mask of exhaustion. One prankster overlaid an interview he gave alongside the actor Henry Cavill about their movie, “Batman v Superman,” in which he sat silently as Cavill spoke animatedly beside him, with Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence,” and this became “Sad Affleck,” a popular YouTube video. Affleck’s was the kind of middle-aged-white-male sadness that the Internet loves to mock—a mocking that depends, simultaneously, on a complete rejection of this sadness, as well as a hedging identification with it. These depressed-Affleck images can arouse both amusement and a sense of poignancy, a touch of Schadenfreude as well as something like sympathy. “Same,” we might post on our social-media feeds, alongside a sad Ben picture, with the quick meanness of the Internet that tends to flatten a person’s story to a caricature, even if it is motivated by all the right reasons in the world.

DeGeneres then astutely observed that it looks like the phoenix is rising from Affleck’s ass, and he told DeGeneres that it “represents something important to me.” Affleck added, “It’s meaningful to me, I like it. I love my tattoo. I’m very happy with it. Luckily, I’m the one who has it.” (Source: www.thecut.com)

Yet this week on Ellen, Affleck appeared looking fresher than ever ahead of the release of his Netflix movie, Triple Frontier. And when the topic of his glorious Phoenix tattoo came up, Affleck had quite the succinct response: “I like it. It’s something that I sort of kept private, I wasn’t doing photoshoots or whatever. I love my tattoo. I’m very happy with it.” (Source: www.esquire.com) It’s this last quote that brings into question the validity of the Phoenix tattoo. We could all be wrong, but based on the


Affleck had been one of Hollywood’s marquee male celebrities for almost two decades. We’d seen him as the up-and-coming Boston Ben, who won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar, in 1997, alongside his friend Matt Damon, for “Good Will Hunting”; as the slick, faux-Latin lover of the early-aughts era, with Jennifer Lopez as his fiancée; as the domesticated husband to Garner and the father to their three children; and as the shaggy-bearded Best Picture Academy Award winner, for “Argo,” in 2013. But in the wake of the split from Garner, a recalibration appeared to be taking place. Affleck was older, suddenly flailing; and his enormous, garish tattoo—whether real or not—was the least of it. It was rumored that he had been unfaithful during the marriage. (His camp denied this.) For a brief time, in a clichéd celebrity-breakup move, he dated his and Garner’s kids’ onetime nanny. In late 2017, at the height of the #MeToo movement, the actor was made to apologize for two separate instances in which he groped women on camera in the early aughts. He also publicly distanced himself from Harvey Weinstein—a major force behind his and Damon’s early success—though the actress and activist Rose McGowan suggested that, contrary to Affleck’s denials, he had known about Weinstein’s crimes and had protected him by remaining silent.

Days after he and then-wife Jennifer Garner publicly announced their separation in summer 2015, paparazzi captured a first glimpse of a then-unidentifiable tattoo peeking out over the actor’s jeans. Five months later, the full-color, shoulders-to-waist phoenix was spotted through Affleck’s hospital-gown costume on the set of Live By Night. But the following March, the fifth (maybe sixth?)-worst Batman told Mario Lopez that the ink was “fake for a movie,” and that was that. Until it wasn’t. The tattoo was seen in the wild last weekend—almost exactly two years to the day after Affleck denied it was real on Extra—during a shirtless training session with Triple Frontier costars Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, and Garrett Hedlund on a Hawaiian beach. (Source: Ryan Gosling Tumblr) Stephen Amell’s Biceps From Arrow The CW superhero drama Arrow cemented Stephen Amell as a permanent


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