Actor Ben Affleck appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" last night to promote his latest film, "Air," but ended up addressing the viral memes that have circulated about him in recent months. The memes stem from photos of Affleck at the 2023 Grammy Awards, where he appeared tired and unhappy alongside his wife, Jennifer Lopez.
A Resting Face that Defies Stereotypes
During the interview, Affleck was quick to dispel the notion that he is always unhappy and haggard in public. "See that's a common misconception about me," Affleck quipped, eliciting laughter from the audience.
"I have a very unhappy-looking resting face. It's how God made me. You don't have to punish me for it." The actor then demonstrated what his face looks like when he is content and amused, though, he admitted, it still appeared quite sad.
Exploring the World of Phil Knight in "Air"
In "Air," Affleck plays Phil Knight, the former chairman and CEO of Nike, a role that he found surprisingly relatable. "He's an interesting guy," Affleck said of Knight. "Being the boss, there's a tendency in the workplace to make fun of the boss.
I've been the subject of an occasional meme, I'm the boss, I know how it goes." The film follows the story of Nike shoe salesman Sonny Vaccaro (played by Matt Damon) in his discovery of NBA prodigy Michael Jordan and the creation of Jordan's signature shoe, the Jordan Air.
An Acceptance of Viral Fame
While Affleck may not necessarily enjoy the memes about his resting face, he is realistic about their impact and longevity. "Everyone is having a whole lot of fun with them," Affleck said, acknowledging that they are likely to persist.
Nevertheless, the actor has taken it all in stride, using his platform on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to poke fun at himself and put the rumors to rest.
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