October 4, 2023


Art Is Experience

Ben Affleck cranks up the cringe with new love video

Not considering the fact that “Gigli” have Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez manufactured this amount of cringe.

And oh, my God, is it incredible.

“This very seriously melted my heart,” J.Lo wrote in an on the internet publish to fans this 7 days. She could not aid herself, she stated, from sharing “something incredibly distinctive and own with you that typically I would only share with my internal circle . . . [a] Valentine’s Day existing from Ben.”

What follows is J.Lo’s new music video for her song “On My Way,” intercut — for factors crystal clear only to the director — with black and white footage of Affleck and Matt Damon shooting 1997’s “Good Will Looking.”

Damon may perhaps be Affleck’s endlessly Valentine. But that is an aside.

We see loads of shots of young Ben cigarette smoking, or wrinkling his forehead and cigarette smoking, or exhibiting off his dance moves interspersed with clips from Bennifer’s excellent artistic meta-commentary on romance amid tabloid fame, 2002’s “Jenny from the Block” movie.

It is a enjoy letter . . . I guess?

Overlook Woodward and Newman. Burton and Taylor? Amateurs.

Jennifer Lopez video reedited with Ben Affleck in it
Jennifer Lopez re-edited her movie for “On My Way” and added Ben Affleck to it.

No, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez have staked their assert on The Biggest Hollywood Adore Story of All Time as nicely as outer-limitations narcissism.

Think about the refrain to “On My Way”:

“And each individual heartbreak was just a yellow brick street/Pointing me straight, just using me dwelling/I was hardly ever misplaced/I was just passing via/I was on my way to you.”

In other terms, just about every other romantic relationship these two experienced — together with long marriages that developed various children — were being mere velocity bumps, interruptions, nuisances, crosses to bear on their way to reclaiming Legitimate Enjoy.

Oh, my God. This separation is likely to be epic.

Ben Affleck is the undisputed functionality artist of our time. His cycles of self-sabotage and past-moment vocation resurrections, all for public use, are additional riveting and remarkable than any film he’s at any time done.

The back again tattoo, the rehab stints, the gambling, the nanny, the “Finding Your Roots” debacle, the Oscar bait leavened by bombs and Batfleck, the self-inflicted wounds, the cruelty — these are but a few that occur to head.

Listed here he was on Howard Stern in December, shading his extended-suffering ex-wife, Jennifer Garner, even though campaigning for an Oscar nomination.

“I possibly nonetheless would’ve been drinking” had they stayed married, he stated. “Part of why I began ingesting was because I was trapped. I was like, ‘I just cannot depart mainly because of my young ones, but I’m not pleased. What do I do?’ And what I did was drank a bottle of scotch and fell asleep on the sofa, which turned out not to be the resolution.”

Video grabs of Jennifer Lopez video reedited with Ben Affleck in it.
Not due to the fact “Gigli” have Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez created this stage of cringe.

Seemingly the resolution is to participate in truth exhibit with your previous flame. J.Lo wore a wedding costume to her “Marry Me” premiere, escorted by Affleck. She uploaded that private Valentine’s video on her opening weekend. She sat for go over tales with Rolling Stone and People today, telling the latter that their rekindled really like is “sacred” and “I want to do all the things I can to protect that and hold it safe.”

This from a few that enjoys to declare that media focus originally broke them up — not Affleck’s dishonest with strippers in Canada months just before their wedding ceremony in 2003, an epic night time that finished back at a rental, his pal Christian Slater getting his again shaved by a topless dancer.

“Keep this just among us,” Affleck reportedly told stripper Tammy Morris.

As a substitute, Morris told all to the National Enquirer.

And Lopez — gifted a Rolls Royce, a diamond ring and a lavish birthday party just a 7 days before by Affleck — referred to as off the marriage ceremony.

Hey, the path to genuine adore is not always sleek, appropriate? Every single heartbreak was just a yellow brick street.

View the movie. Be a humanitarian — share it. And maintain its memory near when they issue the unavoidable joint statement announcing, immediately after significantly distressing thing to consider, their decision to aspect approaches — requesting, of course, “privacy at this challenging time.”