Ben Affleck and Kevin Smith’s friendship used to be like a Jersey Mike’s club sub version of Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese. A few years ago, we learned that Kevin and Ben weren’t exactly on speaking terms, and the blame was placed – by Kevin – on Jennifer Garner not liking him. Ben and Jen aren’t together anymore, but that doesn’t mean that Ben hasn’t run back into the arms of Kevin Smith.
Kevin was recently asked by a Twitter use why he and Ben don’t talk anymore. Ben has appeared in six of Kevin’s films (Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl, and Clerks II), which would lead you to believe something big must have happened for Ben or Kevin to burn that bridge. According to Kevin, his big mouth is the reason they’re not friends.
If I had to guess? It’s because one of us has a big mouth and told too many candid stories that sometimes weren’t his to tell, and the other one is Ben. https://t.co/kwj82A20SJ
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) November 26, 2018
Kevin didn’t elaborate further on exactly what kind of stories his big mouth told that pissed Ben off so much. But since they haven’t been talking for a while, it’s safe to say it was probably a story Kevin told a few years ago, and not this quote from the stand-up special he filmed right before his widow-making heart attack.
“It doesn’t take talent at all to work in the movie business. Do you think it takes fucking talent to stand on a movie set and be like, ‘I’m Batman’? Ben Affleck does it, so I know it don’t take fucking talent.”
Kevin also talked about their feud earlier this year to The Daily Beast, saying:
“He hasn’t spoken to me in years. No, I didn’t hear from him after the heart attack…Which is fine. Maybe he didn’t even hear about it. I think he probably plays a more prominent role in my mythology than I play in his mythology anymore. He was in some of my biggest movies, so in my world he’s still a figure. In his world, I haven’t factored in in god knows how fucking long. And he’s gone on to do tremendous, big fucking things. He’s become a massive movie star and a director in his own right. So I don’t think I pop up on his radar nearly as much he pops up on my radar. But I try honestly…to limit the amount that I do talk about him for that reason. Because I know it always brings him grief or heartache in some way.”
Ben, however, had some nice things to say about Kevin as recent as last year.
If Kevin and Ben aren’t cabin mates aboard the S. S. Friendship anymore, well…that’s too bad. I’m not crying as much as I would be if I were to, let’s say, discover that Jay and Silent Bob were no longer talking. But Kevin sounds like he’s accepted responsibility as the one who ruined things. And Ben didn’t pull a “No effin’ comment” when asked about Kevin in the interview above, so maybe he’d be open to a former bros reunion of sorts? Just maybe not at a Jack in the Box, because Kevin’s vegan stomach wouldn’t want that. And definitely not on the set of a sequel to Jersey Girl, because let’s face it – nobody wants that.