Ben Affleck appeared on BBC Radio Tuesday to promote his new movie, 1920s crime drama “Live By Night” — and also let fans know he’s well aware of his starring role in the “Sad Affleck” internet meme that took over the internet.
In response to a question from BBC film critic Ali Plumb asking what he learned as a director and actor from starring in Warner Bros. superhero movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Affleck mentioned his appearance in an interview alongside co-star Henry Cavill, which went viral on account of Affleck’s solemn look.
“It taught me not to do interviews with Henry Cavill where I don’t say anything and they can lay Simon & Garfunkel tracks over it,” Affleck told Plumb. “That’s one thing I learned.”
The BBC video then immediately cut to the #SadBatman meme, featuring Affleck looking pensive while Cavill responds to a question about “Batman v Superman’s” mixed reviews — of course, with Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” overlaid for dramatic effect.
After his initial joke, Affleck answered Plumb’s question for real.
“I learned a ton, actually, making that movie,” he said. “I had not made a movie of that scale. I didn’t know what the technology was capable of doing nowadays. The last big blockbustery movie I made was ‘Armageddon,’ which was in 1997.”
Affleck will star and direct in a standalone Batman movie, which is set to hit theaters in 2018.
“Live by Night,” based on the bestselling novel by Dennis Lehane, is currently in theaters.
Relive some of the best #SadBatman memes below.
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