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Kevin Smith

'I'm Not Saying I MADE Ben Affleck, But ... '

9/3/2013 7:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kevin Smith is either gonna get a bunch of CREDIT ... or a bunch of BLAME for Ben Affleck's performance in the next Batman flick -- 'cause the director admits, he helped Ben train for the role.

"I'm not saying I made Ben Affleck who he is today," Smith told us in L.A. this weekend ... "but I made 'Mallrats' with him 'Chasing Amy', 'Dogma.' So in some weird way, now that he's becoming Batman, I trained Batman."

Smith says he's pumped for his friend -- telling us, "This was a guy that I worked with for the first 12 years of my career, a lot of people say the best years of my career, so to see that guy take the big role, take the mantle of Batman, one of my favorite characters on the planet, that's kinda dope."

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laura    

Well, he did Dazed and Confused before all of that... and that movie was very popular.

354 days ago
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todd lee    

I love Kevin but get over yourself..you didnt make Affleck. Youre just trying to take all the credit for him becoming Batman...dont forget, he also did Jersey Girl.

354 days ago
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Berlesk    

Please Mr Smith.....shaaad aup already...jeez.

354 days ago
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Berlesk    

I got paid over $87.00 an hour for scratching my balls! So can you. :)

354 days ago
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demoncat    

all kevin needs to take credit for is he helped Ben with his career start by casting him for kevin has nothing to do with what warners is doing with batman.

354 days ago
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mrharrybawls2012    

For those of you shocked that Ben Azzlick is the new Batman, Alan Thicke has just confirmed he's the new Joker and Byron Allen will be directing.

354 days ago
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Lex88    

Wait a sec. You're actually bragging about inflicting Ben Affleck on the world?

354 days ago
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idiots_abound    

All these Affleck haters were the same ones who thought Heath Ledger would be Jokeback Mountain as the Joker.

354 days ago
24.

Lex88    

Kevin Smith is one of those guys you can tell gets zero p****y no matter how much money he has

354 days ago
25.

anony    

Except that Affleck doesn't even talk to him anymore.

354 days ago
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nof    

Kevin Smith's best years are ahead of him.


As good as those 12 years/films were - he's got more.


Way more.


Like to see K.S. have a HAND, a say, maybe a voice in the writing or re-writing.


Maybe a new BATMAN villain.


We need his voice and vision - Kevin's the bomb.

354 days ago
27.

Openfly    

A movie is only as good as the acting is as good as the script is as good as the director is as good as the editing is.

354 days ago
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NOT ELMO    

Ben Affleck's performance in the next Batman flick........................AFFFLECK WON AWARDS AS THE WORST ACTOR, ALREADY PLAYED A SUPERHERO AND HE IS TOO FAMOUS, THEY NEED A FRESH FACE GOOD ACTOR TO PLAY BATMAN NOT BEN AFFLECK...

354 days ago
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f'dlikasoupsamich    

Looks like somebody s hi t in their cereal.... Bong!

354 days ago
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LordGobblecock    

Is Batman a big role for an actor? I would think its a very limited and thankless role that you cant really do much with. Its not gonna get you any acting award honours thats for sure and itll be successful whoever plays the part coz its a superhero film.

354 days ago
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