Ben Affleck Strongly Insinuates ... I Turned Down 'Star Wars'

6/23/2016 10:33 AM PDT

Ben Affleck Strongly Insinuates ... I Turned Down 'Star Wars'

1:05 PM PST -- Ben just addressed the interview on Twitter, saying, "For those of you keeping score at home, I gave exactly 18 f***s about my Pats. Upon reflection, 12 probably would have been sufficient. We Boston fans have always been known for our subtlety. One of my favorite interviews; hope you get to see the entire episode. #GoPats"

Ben Affleck as much as told Bill Simmons he was offered 'Star Wars' before J.J. Abrams and turned it down.

Ben doesn't come right out and say it but, in so many words, he makes it clear during the HBO show.

And check out the video ... he slurs his words a lot, and the discussion precedes his "Deflategate" rant.