Ben Affleck responds to New Yorker story about his 'great sadness'

Ben Affleck wants everyone to know that, despite the eye-catching headline of a recent viral New Yorker story, he's doing just fine.

On Saturday, New Yorker writer Naomi Fry published a story called "The Great Sadness of Ben Affleck," which analyzed recent pictures of the Justice League actor from a training session of his upcoming Netflix film Triple Frontier, directed by J.C. Chandor. In the tabloid pictures, Affleck is depicted staring out into the surf with his shoulders hunched, his colorful dragon back tattoos visible to the camera. (Affleck has previously claimed that those tattoos were painted on for a movie and are not real.) With the peg of the recent despondent-looking pictures, Fry recalled the "Sad Affleck" meme from 2016 and suggested the picture was symbolic of men's place in the world in 2018.

"Staring at the water before him, his gaze obscure and empty, Affleck is a defeated Roman senator, or, perhaps, the most anti-Romantic version imaginable of Caspar David Friedrich’s 1818 'Wanderer in the Sea of Fog,'" Fry wrote. "The image suggests not just the fall of Affleck but the coming fall of man. There is something about this exhausted father that reflexively induces panic. We’ve been living in a world run by Afflecks for so long, will we even know ourselves when they’re gone?"

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 19: Ben Affleck is seen on March 19, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Ben Affleck is seen on February 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on February 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 03: Ben Affleck is seen on February 03, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 28: Ben Affleck is seen on January 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Ben Affleck is seen on January 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: Ben Affleck seen out and about in Manhatttan on January 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 22: Ben Affleck is seen in the Upper West Side on January 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 21: Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus enjoy coffee while holding hands on January 21, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Ben Affleck is seen on January 08, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Ben Affleck attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Justice League' on November 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus are seen on November 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 16: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Ben Affleck during Thursday's November 16, 2017 show. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Ben Affleck departs Ed Sullivan Theater after his taping of 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 'on November 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Karl Moor/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Ben Affleck seen at JFK Airport on November 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Ben Affleck arrives at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Justice League' at Dolby Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on February 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Ben Affleck is seen on February 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Ben Affleck is seen on February 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Ben Affleck is seen on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Ben Affleck is seen on February 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by PG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Ben Affleck is seen on February 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Ben Affleck is seen arriving at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on February 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Ben Affleck is seen at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on February 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Ben Affleck is seen on February 08, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Ben Affleck is seen on February 08, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 05: Ben Affleck is seen on February 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 24: Ben Affleck is seen on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 24: Ben Affleck is seen on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 24: Ben Affleck is seen on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 22: Ben Affleck is seen on January 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 20: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on January 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 20: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on January 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 20: Ben Affleck is seen on January 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Ben Affleck is seen on January 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Ben Affleck is seen on January 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Ben Affleck is seen on January 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16: Ben Affleck is seen on January 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Ben Affleck is seen on January 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11: Ben Affleck is seen on January 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
TOPSHOT - 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Doctor Denis Mukwege (L) shakes hands with US Actor Ben Affleck (R) as he prepares to leave, following a meeting, at the Panzi hospital, in Bukavu, on December 29, 2018. - Denis Mukwege is a crusading gynaecologist who has spent more than two decades treating appalling injuries inflicted on women in the DRC. (Photo by Fredrik Lerneryd / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDRIK LERNERYD/AFP/Getty Images)
2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Doctor Denis Mukwege (L) hughs US Actor Ben Affleck (R) as he prepares to leave, following a meeting, at the Panzi hospital, in Bukavu, on December 29, 2018. - Denis Mukwege is a crusading gynaecologist who has spent more than two decades treating appalling injuries inflicted on women in the DRC. (Photo by Fredrik Lerneryd / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDRIK LERNERYD/AFP/Getty Images)
US Actor Ben Affleck (L) and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Doctor Denis Mukwege (R) speak to the press following a meeting at the Panzi hospital, in Bukavu, on December 29, 2018. - Denis Mukwege is a crusading gynaecologist who has spent more than two decades treating appalling injuries inflicted on women in the DRC. (Photo by Fredrik Lerneryd / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDRIK LERNERYD/AFP/Getty Images)
US Actor Ben Affleck (L) and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Doctor Denis Mukwege (R) speak to the press following a meeting at the Panzi hospital, in Bukavu, on December 29, 2018. - Denis Mukwege is a crusading gynaecologist who has spent more than two decades treating appalling injuries inflicted on women in the DRC. (Photo by Fredrik Lerneryd / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDRIK LERNERYD/AFP/Getty Images)
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But on Thursday, Affleck tweeted at the prestige magazine with a cheeky response that also seemed to acknowledge whether the back tattoos are, indeed, his: "I’m doing just fine. Thick skin bolstered by garish tattoos," he wrote.

Affleck also responded when the Sad Affleck memes went viral. After a Batman v. Superman interview with Henry Cavill, in which he does not speak, one YouTuber overlaid it with a Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sounds of Silence." When BBC1 asked him what the film had taught him about being an actor and director, he quipped, "It taught me not to do interviews with Henry Cavill where I don't say anything and they can lay Simon & Garfunkel tracks over it; that's one thing I learned."

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