Ben Affleck opens up about Jennifer Garner's revealing Vanity Fair interview and his career, and shares a cute story about his son in an interview with The New York Times ahead of his role in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The star, who's been under increased tabloid scrutiny after he and Garner announced their plan to divorce, says it's especially tough being in the spotlight now.
"It never seems like a great time to have your privacy invaded," Affleck says. "Obviously this is a particularly hard time."
He calls Garner a "great person," adding, "We're on great terms. I just saw her this morning, so that's the reality that I live in."
When asked about Garner's recent Vanity Fair interview, in which she spoke about what led to their decision to divorce and addressed allegations that Affleck had an affair with their nanny, Affleck says, "She felt like she wanted to discuss it and get it out there and get it over with, so she could say, 'Look, I already talked about it -; I don't want to do it again.'"
"It's fine," continues the actor. "She's allowed to talk about it."
Ben and Jen through the years:
Ben and Jen through the years
Ben Affleck responds to Jennifer Garner's 'Vanity Fair' interview: 'She's allowed to talk about it'
Actor Ben Affleck and wife, actress Jennifer Garner smile at catcher Doug Mirabelli #28 of the Boston Red Sox as they attend the game against the New York Yankees during the game at Fenway Park on October 1, 2005 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Actors and husband and wife, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner listen to the national anthem before the Boston Red Sox host the New York Yankees on June 2, 2007 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Actress Jennifer Garner (L) and actor/director Ben Affleck, winner of Best Picture for 'Argo', departs the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck attend the Boston Celtics versus the Orlando Magic in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on May 17, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Actor Ben Affleck and actress Jennifer Garner pose during the 16th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1)
Actress Jennifer Garner and actor-director Ben Affleck arrive at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen in Brentwood on April 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 9: Cast members (L to R) Colin Farrell, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck pose for photos at the premiere of 'Daredevil' at the Village Theatre on February 9, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck during Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner on Location for ''Gone Baby Gone'' in Boston, Mass - May 24, 2006 at on location in South Boston, Massachusetts, United States. (Photo by Marc Andrew Deley/FilmMagic)
Actor Ben Affleck and actress Jennifer Garner come off stage at the 24th Annual American Cinematheque Award presentation to Matt Damon at The Beverly Hilton hotel on March 27, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 16: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck in Brentwood on December 16, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
Affleck says Garner and their children will be visiting him while he films Justice League and they'll take a vacation in Europe together.
He also explains that the "whole lesson" of his career has been that no matter what happens in his personal life, the work he does is what is really important. "Even in the tough spots, if your movies are good, people will see them," says Affleck. "And if you're not good, you can't get away with it."
He said his need to constantly prove himself in his career "never goes away."
"You've got to realize, this line of work, it's rooted in a feeling of needing to audition all the time," says Affleck. He says he feels particularly anxious when writing and direction his own films. "The urge of making it good and trying to make sure that it works, that you've done the most interesting version that you can -; it's like a neurosis that drives me to work every day."
As for his role as Batman, he says his character in the film is "more broken, not slick." His 4-year-old son Samuel already knows that Affleck is Batman, the actor says.
Samuel also thinks that the FedEx delivery man is the Joker, Affleck adds, although he is not sure of the exact reason why.
"Whenever there's a FedEx delivery, he's like, 'Dad, the Joker's outside,'" he said, guessing that it may be because of the color combination of the FedEx uniform. "The burden's on me to go out there and give the guy an extra 20 bucks to pantomime a whole Adam West kung fu battle."