"Air" Premiere: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez Steal the Show
by FARUK IMAMOVIC | VIEW 4417
The red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of Ben Affleck's latest film, "Air," was a star-studded affair, but the real showstoppers were Affleck and his former flame, Jennifer Lopez. The exes put on an affectionate display, kissing and cuddling as they posed for the cameras.
Jennifer Lopez looked breathtaking in a sheer white top that was embellished with rows of sparkling stones. The neckline of the top was high, drawing attention to her flawless complexion. She paired the top with a neon green skirt that hugged her curves and completed her look with an elegant bun, allowing a few strands of hair to frame her face.
Ben Affleck was dashing in a navy blue double-breasted suit and a navy blue silk tie. He paired the suit with a light blue shirt, adding a pop of color to his sophisticated look.
"Air" Takes Flight
Affleck co-wrote and co-directed "Air" with his longtime friend, Matt Damon.
The biographical sports drama tells the story of how Nike convinced Michael Jordan to collaborate with the brand on his sneaker line. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Affleck credited Lopez with helping him improve the script.
"Jen gave me some great lines too - it just started getting better," Affleck said. "Oh, my God, she's brilliant. She is incredibly knowledgeable about the way fashion evolves through the culture as a confluence of music, sports, entertainment, and dance.
She helped me in talking about the way in which a part of the reason why Jordans were so meaningful is because culture and style in America is 90 percent driven by Black culture."
Bitter Sweet Memories
Lopez and Affleck last worked together in 2004 for "Jersey Girl" after previously starring in 2003's "Gigli." The romantic comedy was a box-office bomb and is now widely considered one of the worst films of all time.
However, Affleck sees the film as a blessing in disguise. "If the reaction to 'Gigli' hadn't happened, I probably wouldn't have ultimately decided, 'I don't really have any other avenue but to direct movies,' which has turned out to be the real love of my professional life," Affleck explained.
"So, in those ways, it's a gift. And I did get to meet Jennifer, the relationship with whom has been really meaningful to me in my life." Despite the mixed reception to "Gigli," Affleck and Lopez's chemistry on the red carpet of "Air" suggests that their relationship remains strong.