The sad, tragic news of Ben Affleck’s breakup with Ana de Armas was likely very devastating for some (photographers, Boston-based iced coffee chains, the makers of life-sized cardboard cutouts). But it was tempered with one moment we could all laugh at, and that was when a photographer stationed outside of Ben’s house caught someone tossing Ana’s smiling life-size cardboard cutout directly into the trash. A rainbow after the rain moment.
We didn’t know the identity of the dumper, because they were wearing a face mask, but it didn’t look like Ben, and it didn’t look like Ben’s bestie and frequent quarantine visitor Matt Damon. Some thought it was Ben’s brother Casey Affleck. Casey now says he’s not the cutout dumper.
Casey told Entertainment Tonight that the man in these pictures is not Casey:
A life-sized cardboard cutout of Ana de Armas from inside Ben Affleck’s residence was seen being thrown out into a trash can. (January 18, 2021) pic.twitter.com/4bxxDC97WZ
— Ana de Armas Updates (@ArmasUpdates) January 19, 2021
Not only is Casey not the dumper, but he’s not exactly the right person to be talking to when it comes to BenAna’s demise. According to Casey, he’s not even sure if they’re broken up forever:
“No, that’s not me, and I can’t even really say if they have totally broken up for good or whatever. I would leave that to them to speak to. A bunch of people sent that picture to me and I was gonna tweet some, like, joke, response or something. And then I couldn’t think of one and a joke didn’t seem appropriate. And I don’t have Twitter so that wasn’t going to work. But it definitely wasn’t me.”
Then Casey put on his therapist hat and suggested that maybe the pandemic was the reason why they broke up.
“The reality is, I think that this year has been really hard on people in relationships. I wouldn’t know because I’ve been single, but I bet there are a lot of people that have, you know, it’s been challenging to relationships. And I think that Ana is just the sweetest, funniest, smartest, most charming person. I think she won’t have any problems meeting somebody else.”
Casey really likes Ana. Maybe more than Ben liked Ana, even. And Ana was the one who got iced coffees with him too! I don’t know if Casey is trying to swoop in and offer himself up as the rebound Affleck, or if he’s just looking for a part-time gig as Ana’s publicist. But Casey managed to sell us on ANA! better than the IMDb STARmeter:
“I saw her performance as Marilyn Monroe in this movie called Blonde, which hasn’t come out, and I would bet a lot that she’s gonna pick up every single award.She’s gonna have a good year. I’m not too worried about her. I think she’s a catch in every way. And I’ll be there to carry Ben through it, but I don’t think he’ll have any problems [either]. My advice to them would be like, ‘Yes, think long and hard about it, because quarantine is not fun if you’re single.'”
“I think she’s really, really great.People don’t know her too well because she hasn’t, like, been out there [in the spotlight] for so long. But she’s just incredibly sweet, such a sweet person and so talented.”
As for whether BenAna could undo their split, Casey says he has “no idea,” but will “be sorry if it doesn’t work out.” I’m sure he’ll be sorry. Casey is about 5-foot-7 inches tall, which is a scant two inches taller than Ana is. If I were Casey, I’d be terrified that at any time, Ben might invite me over, throw a brown wig and a Gucci jumpsuit at me, and ask if I wanted to take a stroll outside. Anything to get that pandemic paparazzi high, just once more.