The Way Back star Ben Affleck gets candid on his own struggles which drew him to produce and star in the sports drama.
The Way Back won’t hit movie theaters until March 6, 2020 but Ben Affleck is already promoting the film. The sports drama focuses on a former high school basketball star who struggles with alcoholism amid loss in his family. He takes on a coaching job at his former school and as the team starts to win he battles his own demons.
The theme of the movie is, of course, no stranger to Affleck who has publicly struggled with his own alcoholism. As well as a divorce in part because of those issues with alcoholism. But the actor isn’t shying away from those topics, being open about what he’s been through and changes he’s made in his life because of it.
“I drank relatively normally for a long time. What happened was that I started drinking more and more when my marriage was falling apart. This was 2015, 2016. My drinking, of course, created more marital problems,” Affleck told The New York Times in the new celebrity profile of the star.
He admitted that his divorce to actress Jennifer Garner is the biggest regret of his life. However, he tries not to obsesses over his past failures because of the effect it has on his health. Affleck explains, “I have certainly made mistakes. I have certainly done things that I regret. But you’ve got to pick yourself up, learn from it, learn some more, try to move forward.”
Affleck also had a decision to make when it came to his infamous role as Batman in the DCU films. The pressure that comes with that role can be a struggle for any actor. Just a little over a year ago, Affleck officially announced he was stepping back from the DCU. “I showed somebody The Batman script,” Affleck said. “They said, ‘I think the script is good. I also think you’ll drink yourself to death if you go through what you just went through again.’”
Now it seems that Affleck is finding some catharsis in The Way Back which deals with a topic close to home. He even commented that he found working on the film, “very therapeutic.”