Ben Affleck, left, pictured promoting “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” in China with Zack Snyder, center, and Henry Cavill, told the New York Times it was “fine” that his ex-wife gave interviews about their breakup. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Scoop: Ben says Jen can comment as she likes

So Ben Affleck’s reaction to Jennifer Garner’s candid Vanity Fair interview about their failed marriage is rather ho-hum.

Pressed for a comment by the New York Times during an interview to promote his new Batman movie, Affleck said. “She felt like she wanted to discuss it and get it out there and get it over with.”

He added, “It’s fine. She’s allowed to talk about it” and also said, “Jen’s great. … We’re on great terms. I just saw her this morning, so that’s the reality that I live in.”

The pair split in June 2015, dogged by rumors that Affleck and the nanny for their three kids, Christine Ouzounian, were dating.

But both have denied the nanny caused the breakup. In Vanity Fair, Garner referred to Affleck’s “bad judgment” and insisted their marriage was over before the rumors started.

Affleck, who at first told the New York Times he didn’t want to talk about his family “because it ends up being in the record somewhere, in the great miasma of junk on the Internet,” did have some cool comebacks to personal questions.

He wasn’t bothered by Ricky Gervais’ Golden Globes gag, when he introduced Matt Damon as “the only person who Ben Affleck hasn’t been unfaithful to.” Affleck said, “Whatever. I’ve had jokes made at my expense before. It’s part of the deal.”

And he admitted his screen portrayals, sometimes of characters with dubious morals, sometimes get connected to his real life, unlike, for example, Denzel Washington, who he said can play a mass murderer and still be adored by the public.

Meanwhile, online gossipers are speculating about an Affleck-Jennifer Lopez reunion. (Please, for “Gigli’s” sake, let it be no.)


Composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist John Calloway and scriptwriter-director Carlos Barón are offering Mission High students a sneak preview of their world-premiere musical, “El Son de la Misión,” commissioned by Community Music Center, on campus today.

The hyper-local show, which describes social and artistic achievements in the neighborhood’s history, is onstage for the public at Brava Theater this weekend.


Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn fame is among the notable chefs appearing on the second season of Netflix’s “Chef’s Table,” beginning May 27. … Kathy Fang, of San Francisco’s Fang Restaurant, is slated to appear on the Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen”; she already won on “Chopped” in January and was on “Guy’s Grocery Games.”


Musician of Black Eyed Peas is 41. … Actress Eva Longoria is 41. … San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell is 42. … Model Fabio is 57. … Guitarist Ry Cooder is 69. … Sly Stone of Sly and the Family Stone is 73. … Bassist Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead is 76 … Actor Judd Hirsch is 81.

— Staff, wire reports

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