“The Rainmaker” – I bet that’s his nickname at strip clubs.
Ben Affleck, seen here looking sort of like an off-brand hybrid of Ryan Reynolds and George Clooney, spoke to Details magazine with director David Fincher about their upcoming film Gone Girl, and I guess there’s only so many times you can ask “So…does he actually kill his wife or what?“, because the conversation turned to that time the douchey half of Bennifer got kicked out of the Hard Rock Casino for counting cards at a blackjack table. And that the time he got kicked out of a Canadian casino for counting cards at a blackjack table. And basically all the other times he got caught gambling dirty.
But Ben Affleck doesn’t give a shit that he’s built up a reputation in the gaming community as the smug rich guy version of Raymond Babbitt. In fact, he’s pretty proud that he’s gotten so good at knowing when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em that casinos don’t want him hanging around because they know he’ll clean their asses out. Ben Affleck IS Kenny Rogers’ The Gambler!
Details: Speaking of keeping it real, there have been reports lately that you’ve been caught counting cards in casinos.
Affleck: That is a true story. I mean, that took place. I took some time to learn the game and became a decent blackjack player. And once I became decent, the casinos asked me not to play blackjack. I mean, the fact that being good at the game is against the rules at the casinos should tell you something about casinos.
Details: Why’d you get so good at it?
Affleck: I had always liked blackjack. I don’t play any other games of chance. I don’t bet on football games, and I don’t gamble at all, really, outside of that. But I knew with blackjack that there’s a way you can improve your odds. And so I started trying to learn. And then I just got to a point in my life where I’m like, “If I’m going to do something, I’m going to try and do it really well.” It was sort of presented like I did something illegal. You know what I mean?
Details: You just got good.
Affleck: Yeah. I got good. I’m sort of obsessive. I tend to get myopic and get into one thing. And really get into it. And then get bored and switch to something else.
Details: You’re not hesitant to talk about it.
Affleck: Because I get to correct the impression that there’s something wrong with it or that it demonstrates some, like, compulsive activity. Usually, when you’re a compulsive gambler, the casinos don’t ask you to leave because you’re beating them. You know? I will say this. There were a number of casinos that said, “Hey, you can’t play blackjack here. We know you count cards. But, you know, you’re welcome to come, do whatever you want, see a show, have dinner. We’ll comp ya. Play roulette, we know you don’t play craps, but hang out, we still want your presence and business.”
So basically he just outed himself to every casino in the world. Batman, you dummy! Where will you go to escape from your wife for hours on end now? Maybe a couple of the strippers at Clitter Shakers will set up a blackjack table in the VIP room for you. But speaking of his wife, Ben Affleck wants you to stop asking him whether or not he’s counting the cards on his marriage to Jennifer Garner. He’s just as addicted to his wife as he is to gambling, so shut the fuck up about it!
Details: And there was a suggestion that your wife, Jennifer Garner, can’t take it anymore…
Affleck: See, that’s tabloid shit. That’s all bullshit. They completely lie. I mean, I can show you 10 articles of Star and OK!—those magazines feel totally comfortable absolutely fictionalizing every single element of the story. And there’s nothing you can do about that. My only hope is that people with any common sense recognize that those stories are false. And, I don’t know, there’re worse stories.
He then added: “I mean, come on. Haven’t you seen the hundreds, if not thousands, of Happy Heart Family paparazzi shots of me and my wife at the Brentwood market and The Grove, laughing and smiling and showing everyone how in love we are? Come on! We’re out there every day! I love my wife! It’s bullshit!”
And is the “worse stories” he’s talking about Gigli or Reindeer Games? Maybe he means both.
Here’s more of The Gambler in Details looking like a mid-90s Levis ad: