The last twelve months were quite drama-filled for Ben Affleck, and now that the star finally has the ability to look back at it, he’s ready to be pensive and thoughtful about all that he’s been through.
In a long piece for The Guardian that was published yesterday, Affleck dished about his love life and career — before careening into the wild ride that Donald Trump has taken to become President-elect of the United States.
And now, with just a couple weeks before Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C., Affleck is NOT holding back with how he sees The Donald!
Speaking about the links between Trump’s win in America and the infamous Brexit vote in the United Kingdom, Affleck picked up on the similarities early on:
“I spent five months in London [last year] and I have to say the Brexit vote smacked of the same kinds of things I heard here. People whose overarching political agenda is that immigrants are ruining things for us or immigrants are getting one over on us somehow, taking advantage. In London, it’s Polish people and here it’s Mexican Americans. I still believe in the basic goodness of people, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t going through a spell where we’re in thrall to some ugly ideas and ugly notions.”
But that’s just one of many bad parts about The Donald, at least according to Affleck, who dished the real dirt on the orange-colored cheese puff (below):
“I met [Trump] once at a Fashion Week event in Milan. You knew you were at a cheesy party if Donald Trump was there. He would kind of trawl around them. He was famous for only granting permission for films to shoot on his real estate locations if they put him in as a cameo. The director Marty Brest told me he’d had to create a whole hand-shaking scene in Scent of a Woman where Trump comes out of the door and goes, ├óΓé¼╦£Hey! Donald Trump, nice to meet you,’ as he bumps into Al Pacino. The ego was there a long time ago.”
From all we’ve heard, that sure sounds like The Donald!
Affleck went deeper than just Trump, though, and also got real about his former bad boy image and what he had to do to clean things up.
The Good Will Hunting star said:
“I’d always had a strong idea about my values and the direction I wanted to be headed in, then I ran into getting famous and it totally spun me around and I flailed around for a few years. When you’re a young man in your 20s, part of that is making mistakes and learning from them. I just made those in front of everybody, rather than privately. There’s stuff I look back on and kind of cringe at but I always tried to treat other people well. My parents imbued that in me and the mistakes I made were mostly just of the embarrassing kind.”
Quite a year it’s been for Ben — now, there’s no doubt 2017 will start with him not getting invited to the Presidential inauguration! Ha!!
Now, we must wait and see what The Donald will tweet about this…
[Image via TNYF/WENN.]