Ben Affleck Felt Depressed After Gigli Flopped

“It created a lot of negative feelings in people about me.”

Gigli is, in a very special way, an infamous film.

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez’s 2003 romantic comedy was a total disaster both critically and commercially. He only made $ 7.3 million worldwide, which isn’t much when you consider that it stars, well, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck.

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How does it feel to have your name stuck forever on such a flop? Affleck spoke to Entertainment Weekly about it.

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“The truth about this movie and what it taught me is how everything around a movie sort of dictates how people see it,” he said. “But for being a movie that is such a famous bombshell and a disaster, very few people actually saw the movie.”

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Affleck then admitted that the movie “wasn’t working”. “It’s kind of a horse’s head in the body of a cow,” he said.

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“And the studio at the time, because I started having this relationship with Jennifer Lopez, who was selling a lot of magazines and seemed to generate a lot of excitement, they just hung on to, ‘They want a romantic comedy. They want the two together. More than that !'”

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Affleck also explained how the film “created a lot of negative feelings in people about me.”

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“There’s that aspect of people that I got to see that was sad and hard, it was depressing and really made me question things and feel disappointed and have a lot of doubts.”

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But Affleck also conceded that Gigli was not that bad. He said the film ultimately led him to pursue directing – and, “I met Jennifer, the relationship that has really meant a lot in my life.”

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Read the full interview here.

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