Ben Affleck went back to rehab as production was set to start on his new film The Way Back a few years back, and we’re now learning that his ex wife Jennifer Garner called the director of the film during that time.
Ben, who plays a basketball coach struggling with alcohol addiction in the film, was worried the movie would be scrapped after he had to leave to go to rehab.
“So what happened was, just as we started prepping the movie, Ben fell off the wagon,” director of the movie Gavin O’Connor told the UPenn student run magazine, 34th Street. “So he ended up going to rehab, and I didn’t know if the movie was over. The studio certainly thought the movie was over. His ex–wife Jennifer Garner called me up, and told me that when he went to rehab, he took a basketball with him. She said, ‘Gavin, he’s asking you, please don’t pull the plug on the movie, he really wants to do this.’”
Gavin added, “So, he had about a week of detoxing, because he really went off the deep end, and after a week, I was able to go see him. We spent half a day together and figured out a way to do this that will work for him, because most importantly he needed to recover and needed to get his sobriety on track. That overtook everything. And then he got out the day before we started shooting. So we had a very raw, vulnerable guy showing up for our first day of shooting.”
Find out what Ben Affleck wrote in a public note to Jennifer Garner in recent weeks.
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