Yesterday, we posted an item about director Kevin Smith and a story he told at the 20th anniversary OutFest screening of Chasing Amy. It had to do with Ben Affleck kissing Jason Lee in the movie and the comments he made afterwards to Smith, saying that ‘A man kissing another man is the greatest acting challenge an actor can ever face’ – and when he finished the scenes he declared ‘Now, I’m a serious actor.’
Of course it all happened decades ago, and Ben was a just young buck still pretty new to Hollywood, so we shouldn’t REALLY get upset with him. But the way I and a bazillion other blogs headlined the story, it seemed very slanted and click-bait-y, so of course social media had a field day the story.
Now Smith is apologizing for even telling the story in the first place, and specifically apologizing to Ben.
Explained Smith on Facebook Live: “Of course, Affleck doesn’t feel that way today and who knows if he even felt that way then? But he could’ve, he was in his 20s. We all say goofy sh*t in our f**king 20s. But it wasn’t something he went out into the world and talked about. It was something he said to me….I feel f**king terrible. You know me. I like keeping peace. I’m not the guy that likes to rattle sabers or upset.”
Watch his apology below. (Photos: Pacific Coast News)