Ben Affleck Makes A Hilarious Dig At George Clooney Over Sexiest Man Alive Title

‘He likes that stuff.’

Ben Affleck pokes fun at George Clooney over the title of Sexiest Man Alive.

At the Los Angeles premiere of The Tender Bar on Sunday, Ben Affleck, 49, joked with People’s Adrianna Costa about director George Clooney, 60, having one more Sexiest Man Alive title to his name. Affleck was named the Sexiest Man Alive in 2002, while Clooney was featured on the cover of People’s Sexiest Man Alive in 1997 and 2006.

“Well, I passed a few times, obviously,” Affleck quipped when asked why Clooney has one more than him. “George, he likes that stuff and he wanted to keep doing it and I felt like maybe one was enough.”

He also talked about their rivalry as actors who have both played Batman on screen: George Clooney in 1997’s Batman & Robin and Ben Affleck in the recent Justice League movie.

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“Yes, two Batmans. Two people who have been in People magazine too — and that’s no joke,” he said.

Affleck recently spoke with WSJ. Magazine about why he chose to play Uncle Charlie in The Tender Bar, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor on Monday.

“Just on the merits of the writing and the quality of the role, anyone’s going to want to play this part. Also, George Clooney was directing, so it was a no-brainer,” he elaborated. “I thought, I’m lucky to get a crack at this, and it’s incumbent not to screw this up. But also, even though the story is set in Long Island, it was oddly close to home.”

“It was oddly close to playing my own father. He was very much like Uncle Charlie,” Affleck chimed in. “My father was a bartender. And growing up, I would meet him at the bar. My dad didn’t go to college, but he was well-read, and his ambition was to be a writer, although he never found professional success. He was hindered by his alcoholism.”

He went on to say, “In some ways we can be our own worst enemies. He was a reverse class snob. He held a disdain for wealthy people, which stemmed from his own insecurity about not being wealthy and not being educated formally and a desire to prove himself. Which I found that later in life I subconsciously shared.”

The Tender Bar will be released in select theatres on December 17, then nationwide on December 22, and will be available on Amazon Prime Video on January 7.

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