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Affleck to Paparazzi: Youse Guys Suck

8/31/2006 5:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Click to return to TMZ.comBen Affleck is getting sick of all the media focus put on his personal life and says it's hurting his career. While promoting his new film "Hollywoodland" at the Venice Film Festival, Affleck had a few words targeted at the celebrity-obesssed culture.

"I think more and more people pay attention to actor's private lives ... it makes it difficult to suspend disbelief when you are going to watch their movie because really what you are thinking about is whatever you have read about them in a magazine rather than the performance they are giving and it makes the actors job harder."

Affleck even got a bit poetic at the presser, telling reporters "the movies become incidental pit stops and commercial breaks in the soap opera of their life."

So that must be why "Daredevil" and "Gigli" were so poorly received -- the audience focused too much on Affleck's life with J. Lo and not his brilliant on-screen performances. Whatever helps you sleep at night.

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91.

Sam    

Ben isn't even a "HAS BEEN" . You can't ride Matt Damons success for the rest of your life and Good Will Hunting has come and gone. Be happy with you 15 minutes of fame. YOU HAVE NO REAL TALENT AS AN ACTOR.
Be happy with being Mr. Garner.
We had enough of you bad acting. Don't go away mad just go away!!

2784 days ago
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roxie    

Poor MILLIONAIRE! we feel so sorry for you. I feel your pain. REALLY get over it this is the life you choose. WE went and saw your movies. IF it wasn't for US noone would even know your NAME!

2784 days ago
93.

Sick of Ben    

Stop whining Ben! You can't blame the media for your unsuccessful movies. Get it through your brain, you suck. If you don't want all the publicity then stay out of the spotlight and stop acting, you would do us all a big favor!

2784 days ago
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Eric    

Remember -- actors get paid for pretending they are someone else. So, who are they really? Like politicians, I don't think anyone knows. I think anytime an actor's name or whatever shows up, like now, that their PR machine is behind it. Getting paid to pretend they are someone else is weird. No wonder so many of them have problems. I personally don't care about their personal lives if they have one, any more than they care about mine. I pay $9.00 for them to entertain me. If they don't, I find something else to do. End of agreement.....

2784 days ago
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keith    

well ben, since you want your privacy, i will never see another movie with you in it, hows that you little cry baby

2784 days ago
96.

Joyce    

Ben had it for a little while, when teamed with Matt Damon they were the new golden boys. But somewhere along the line he lost it. HE lost it. We didn't make him lose it! Poor movie choices, poor on screen partners, bad acting...and that has nothing to do with his personal life, which is the only thing that actually makes him look good! Ben, quit making excuses and look in the mirror. THAT'S your problem!

2784 days ago
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michael    

you have got to be kidding Ben!!!! It comes with the territory and you know it!!! You live in your multi million dollar home and drive a Bentley and are fortunate enough to have all the luxuries your lifestyle can afford..and you're complaining???? Give up acting and go into obscurity..no one will miss you..What a a**hole!!!!

2784 days ago
98.

Kevin    

THE ONLY THING HURTING HIS CAREER IS HIS ACTING................THIS GUY IS A TOTAL LOSER.................BLEW A CHANCE TO BE WITH J-LO, ACTING SUCKS...........WHAT A FOOL.......................

2784 days ago
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Carol    

Definitely has a very good point. Wheather the movies were good or bad. The way we are as a whole going after the private lives of the celebrities is a definte sign of the emptiness this world is experiencing because of a hunger after the things of the world...riches, lewd conduct and illicit relationships in a futile attempt to fill what only can be filled by the Precious Lord Jesus and that being washed in the Blood of the Lamb, planted in the body of Christ and being cleared of all our guilt which is the cause us to trying to live in a fantasy world. We all need a Saviour and that cannot nor will ever be Ben Affleck or any other man or woman.

2784 days ago
100.

Blwllm    

...and we're still suckin' this crap up...whose more of an idiot...him or us? ...he's makin' the bank... not me

2784 days ago
101.

Bobbi    

You're an actor. You and everyone else stick to your jobs and quit using your celebrity status to change the world. You all suck at it, and only do it to gain more spotlight. Quit complaining. You are type cast. Look at all your movies. You play a whiney, self centered, immature bastard. Now look in the mirror and see what everyone sees in you.

2784 days ago
102.

m    

I am in agreement with Ben. Although, actors and actresses lives aren't very private, people should focus on the film instead. I mean I wish the paparazzi would give it a rest! I don't give a rats behind why Tom's kid isn't in public. It's probably because of crazy photographers would scare or potentially hurt the baby. I'd be fearful of that. It's sick how people speculate that the baby is malformed. That is truely sad. Also, I don't care about Paris Hilton. So please paparazzi give it a rest! Give us a break! I have more important things going on in my life to care about some rich, famous person and what they are doing or not doing!

2784 days ago
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scott walters    

BEN DONT FEEL BAD I THINK IN ALL HONESTY YA HAVE EVERYRIGHT TO COMPLAIN I MEAN YA ME , WERE GUYS AND SOMETIMES THE POVERATIZZI WANTS TO GET PICS OF US TO SHOW TO THE HUNDRERDS IF NOT THOUSANDS OF SCREAMING GIRLS SO WERE CURSED BUT JUST LOOK AT IT THIS WAY I LOVE SHOW BUSSINESS AND I KNOW DEEP DOWN YA DO TO LATER BUD !!

2784 days ago
104.

Sanford    

Johnny Depp has the best idea. It is actually pretty much the same as Charlie Chaplin's. Johnny went through a bad period of carousing witnessing the OD of one of his best friends at the restaurant-drug pit he owned. He is now a married country gentleman with a wife and children on their villa in southern France. He periodically appears to make a brilliant movie. Other stars have done the same. Of course Charlie moved to Switzerland to escape tax problems in England. Stars who stay in the limelight expose themselves to unwanted publicity. I once went fishing in Mexico with Rip Torn and his late wife Geraldine Page. Neither looked like a glamorous Oscar-winning star.

2784 days ago
105.

Michelle    

Ben needs to realize what he signed up for. You wanted to be an actor, well you are. You new what came with it when you chose your profession. Remember that the next time you sign your 10 million dollar check. And remember the firefighters who make maybe 50, 000, who run into fires. And the policcemen who protect us for near nothing, and the teachers who teach the future of this world, or how about the doctors who save lives everyday. Thay are the ones that are getting the short end. Deal with your little problems of people wanting to know who you are it's better thatn some.

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