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Ben Affleck Hands The Cape off To Robert Pattinson With His Blessing

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By Savannah Pointer

Actor and previous Batman, Ben Affleck supports successor Robert Pattinson, saying that he believes the “Twilight” actor will do justice to the cape.

As the fifth actor to play Batman in 2016, Affleck has appeared in three of the franchise movies and was slated to direct, write, and star in the upcoming Batman film, according to Screen Rant, however those plans have been abandoned.

Those roles will now be filled by Matt Reeves (who is writing and directing the flick) and Pattinson, respectively.

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Affleck Shared Why He Didn’t Stay on the Project

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"I think Robert's a great actor, he's going to do great." Affleck said of Pattinson during promotion for his new film “The Way Back.”

Affleck shared a little about why he chose to leave the project saying that he had "kind of lost my passion for it. The movie deserves to be made by someone whose dying to do it and can't wait, and that wasn't me at the time, so I moved on."

The A-list actor, however, also gave another reason for his departure during an interview with The New York Times.

Affleck Told The Times Batman Made Him Concerned For His Sobriety

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“I showed somebody ‘The Batman’ script,” Affleck said during his Times interview. “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.’”

The actor’s recent time in rehab was his third go-round, according to the times, with his first stay being in 2001, then again in 2017 and most recently in 2018.

“Relapse is embarrassing, obviously,” Affleck said. “I wish it didn’t happen. I really wish it wasn’t on the internet for my kids to see. Jen and I did our best to address it and be honest.”

Affleck Cited Other A-List Celebs Who Have Inspired Him on His Sobriety Journey

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During his interview, Affleck spoke about some of his friends and fellow actors who have traveled the same path to sobriety, citing Bradley Cooper and Robert Downey Jr. as “guys who have been very supportive and to whom I feel a great sense of gratitude.”

“One of the things about recovery that I think people sometimes overlook is the fact that it inculcates certain values. Be honest. Be accountable. Help other people. Apologize when you’re wrong,” Affleck told the Times.

“It took me a long time to fundamentally, deeply, without a hint of doubt, admit to myself that I am an alcoholic,” he said. “The next drink will not be different.”

Affleck’s Has a Healthy Approach to his Sobriety Now

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The former Batman and longtime Hollywood regular talked about how he deals with the day to day pressures of the parts of his life he’s not proud of:

“Shame is really toxic,” Affleck said, according to the Times. “There is no positive byproduct of shame. It’s just stewing in a toxic, hideous feeling of low self-worth and self-loathing. It’s not particularly healthy for me to obsess over the failures — the relapses — and beat myself up,” he said. “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.”

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