Ben Affleck jokes about his 'garish' back tattoo of a phoenix

Ben Affleck'Justice League' film premiere Arrivals Los Angeles USA- 13 Nov 2017

"His gut is pooching outward..." "Thick skin bolstered by garish tattoos". The piece also points out that his younger co-stars are in better shape: "Garrett Hedlund and Charlie Hunnam, wrestled in the surf like purebred puppies, Affleck, who is forty-five, was photographed wading into the ocean".

The essay addresses the long-rumored tattoo that covers much of Affleck's back and the "Sad Affleck" meme that followed the news of his 2015 split from wife Jennifer Garner and the mixed reviews for his 2016 film "Batman v Superman".

The tattoo appears to be a colorful image of a Phoenix rising from the ashes that Naomi notes is so large that the "bird's tail found itself dipping below the waistband" of his swim trunks.

"Last Saturday, nearly exactly two years after Affleck denied its existence, the back tattoo returned to haunt the headlines, itself a phoenix rising from the ashes of gossip rags past", The New Yorker's Naomi Fry wrote.

While some made fun of Ben Affleck's supposed weight gain, a few people in the fitness industry noted that the actor was probably in between training faces. 'Am I the ashes in this scenario?.I refuse to be the ashes'. Photographers captured him, shirtless, with the same big tattoo that he initially said was fake. What are you doing? "[It's] fake for a movie", he told Extra's Mario Lopez in 2016. "You know, I support him in all of his artistic expression", Damon said, raising the question of whether a true friend would let someone get that tattoo on his back. "It's not one man's job to tell another man what he can do to his back", he told Trevor Noah during a visit to The Daily Show.

That same year, Jennifer Lopez called it "awful", telling Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, "His tattoos always have too many colors, they shouldn't be so colorful".

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