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A Timeline Of Ben Affleck And Kevin Smith's Complicated Friendship

Updated October 15, 2019 181.9k views14 items

Take one look through film history and you'll find ample director/actor combinations who've made movie magic together. From Ingmar Bergman and Liv Ullmann to Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, to the Coen Brothers and John Goodman, there's no shortage of movie-making teams who have produced memorable motion pictures. However, these relationships can become strained on occasion, as is the case with Ben Affleck and Kevin Smith.

From the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s, Smith made a number of movies starring Affleck, and the two seemed to be good pals. Unfortunately, a major celebrity friend breakup appears to have transpired since then. It's reached the point that Smith and Affleck no longer talk to each other.

So, what happened to the once inseparable duo's friendship? Fans may never learn the entire story because Affleck has kept mum, but Smith's let some revealing details emerge.

  • 2014: Smith Appears To Blame Garner For His Fallout With Affleck

    After Affleck made a cameo in 2006's Clerks II, he and Smith stopped working together. Around the same time, Smith and Jennifer Garner (Affleck's then-wife) worked on Catch and Release together, so if Garner was put off by Smith's sense of on-set humor, the falling out makes sense.

    In 2014 during a Comic-Con Q&A, someone asked Smith about his friendship with Affleck, and the filmmaker reiterated that Garner didn't like him:

    [Ben and I are] not f*cking tight. I have not been [close with him] in decades... That's old Ben... He's got a wife that [doesn't] care for me at all. And plus, honestly, he probably don't care for me at all anymore [either]. He's a triple-A-list movie star and sh*t like that.

  • 2016: Smith Defends Affleck's Casting As The New Batman

    Smith may no longer be tight with Affleck, but he rushed to his old friend's defense when people started criticizing Affleck for landing the role of Batman. In a 2016 interview with Variety, Smith said Affleck is "the best-looking Batman we've ever seen, and he's moving the way the character moves in the comics."

    "He's born to play that role," Smith added. "Everything I've seen so far is phenomenal."

  • 2017: Smith Implies Affleck Was Uncomfortable Kissing Another Man In 'Chasing Amy'

    2017: Smith Implies Affleck Was Uncomfortable Kissing Another Man In 'Chasing Amy'
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    In 2017, Smith made a statement that the media jumped on and widely circulated. During the filming of Chasing Amy 10 years prior, Affleck had to kiss Jason Lee in one of the movie's most pivotal scenes. According to Smith, Affleck at the time said, "A man kissing another man is the greatest acting challenge an actor can ever face."

    In a 1997 interview with Entertainment Tonight, Affleck did admit the kiss made him uncomfortable. "I'm not homophobic... I guess I am, more than I thought, in that, you know, it was just difficult for me, and I didn't think it would be," he said. While Affleck's feelings were never top secret (the ET interview has been available online for some time), rehashing old tensions and making a former friend look bad surely didn't help Smith get back into Affleck's good graces.

  • February 2018: Smith Takes A Dig At Affleck In His Stand-Up Show

    In early 2018, Smith commented yet again on his friendship with Affleck during a stand-up comedy set. "It doesn't take talent at all to work in the movie business," he said. "Do you think it takes f*cking talent to stand on a movie set and be like, 'I'm Batman'? Ben Affleck does it, so I know it [doesn't] take f*cking talent."

    "Before you leave this world, figure out who you are at your core, man," Smith told the audience at the end of his set.