Bad Will Hunting
Even Ben Affleck says 'GIGLI' wasn't good. He tells Leno
that despite ''some good work,'' it didn't hold up, and critics were eager to pounce
by Gary Susman
Joining the dogpile of criticism of 'GIGLI' is the movie's own
star, Ben Affleck. ''I don't think the movie ultimately held up
as a whole,'' he told Jay Leno on Monday's ''Tonight Show.''
While he said that ''scene by scene,'' the movie featured good
work, ''you can put scenes together and sometimes they just don't
work. It wasn't good and we got buried.''
Still, he said, critics had their knives sharpened before they
saw the film. ''I think there was a certain amount of
schadenfreude, a certain amount of a critical slam dunk contest
that it turned into, like some [critic] was saying, 'I have been
saving up this one turn of phrase all summer.' But that's part of
the deal,'' said Affleck, who appeared on ''Tonight'' to promote
the new ''Project Greenlight'' movie, ''The Battle of Shaker
Affleck promised that ''Jersey Girl,'' his next movie costarring
fiancée Jennifer Lopez, will be better than their pairing in
''GIGLI'. He said, ''I think 'Jersey Girl' is a really good
movie. Jen is only in it for about 10 minutes, so it's not really
like a 'me-and-Jen' movie. After the towering success of 'GIGLI,'
I suspect Miramax will find a way to sell it as other than a
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