First he said the tattoo was fake, but turns out it is very much real. And now, Ben Affleck is opening up about it.
Back in 2015, people got a first glimpse of a massive tattoo on the 46-year-old actor’s back.
At the time, he told Extra’s Mario Lopez, “[It’s] fake for a movie. I actually do have a number of tattoos but I try to have them in places where you don’t have to do a lot of cover up they get sort of addictive, tattoos, after awhile.”
Fast forward to March of 2018, where he was photographed without a shirt on the beach, with his tattoo displayed in all its…glory?
It became the talk of the town – and social media – and the comments were not all that positive.
On Wednesday’s episode of Ellen, the actor talked about the tattoo with host Ellen DeGeneres.
“It’s a commitment,” Ellen pointed out.
Ben confirmed that the ink is a phoenix, to which the talk show host quipped, “Rising from your a**.”
“We didn’t even plan that bit,” Ben joked. “That’s what you get when you’re a comedian. You can do that kind of thing. Very quick.”
“I like it,” he says. “It’s something I sort of kept private. It wasn’t like I was sort of doing photo shoots or whatever. We were two hours north of the city on some island in Hawaii and we didn’t know paparazzi was there. So they got a picture of my tattoo and yeah the sentiment ran, you know, against.”
As for the criticism about it, “I was like, I love my tattoo. I’m very happy with it,” he said. “Luckily I’m the one who has it.”
Well, Ben’s tattoo wasn’t the only thing that got photographed on that now-infamous beach day in Hawaii.
His Triple Frontier co-stars, Charlie Hunnam and Garret Hedlund, were photographed wrestling on the beach.
And the two actors opened up about it in a recent interview.
“We were photographed wrestling in our Speedos on the beach in Hawaii, which is unfortunate,” Charlie told Cosmopolitan. “It just, like, became a thing. We wrestle a lot—I do jujitsu and he plays an MMA fighter, so we were wrestling a bunch just during the rehearsal period. So we were at the beach –”
“But we have different styles because I try and pin, he tries to choke me out—and that’s not allowed in collegiate. It was a very big awakening for me,” Garret continued.
“But we happened to be at the beach during rehearsal for this, and we didn’t realize, obviously, that there were paparazzi there,” Charlie recalled. “So the next thing we knew, there were pictures of us in our Speedos wrestling around on the beach together.”
Oh, and apparently, there are jogging ones of them, too!