Timothy Affleck's sons Ben Affleck and Casey Affleck are both successful Oscar winners who've worked together multiple times. But they've also both been the subjects of troubling reports. If you were their father, how would you feel? Maybe a mix of proud and concerned?
Ben Affleck has publicly struggled with alcohol, he's divorced from Jennifer Garner (after cheating rumors), he was called out for groping Hilarie Burton on "TRL," and got caught up in the Harvey Weinstein defense. Meanwhile, the also recently divorced Casey Affleck was accused of sexual misconduct from his 2010 film "I'm Still Here," and even though he won the Oscar last year for "Manchester by the Sea," he recused himself from the 2018 Oscars so as not to be a #MeToo era distraction.
Ben and Casey's father defended them in a new interview, as you'd expect from a father, while placing the blame on himself and Hollywood.
Here's what Timothy Affleck told Grazia about the entertainment industry:
"It has taken a toll on both of my sons. Hollywood is a disgusting place. I think that's been a major factor in Ben's drinking. You're kind of forced to develop a persona that is hard to shed and go home to your family. It affects your whole life. I think that's one of the dangers of the film industry."
Timothy addressed Affleck's failed marriage to Jennifer Garner, telling Grazia:
"It's very difficult to balance family life in the midst of global stardom. It's a hard, taxing life."
Timothy and the boys' mother, Chris, divorced when Ben was 12, and the kids stayed in the Boston area with Chris when Timothy moved to California.
Dad admitted he was "a chronic, severe alcoholic for several years," and Ben inherited that toxic relationship with alcohol:
"Ben has always been serious about getting sober. There is no question about that. He wants a balanced life and he is working at it."
Timothy didn't address the misconduct claims made against Casey or Ben, saying you'd just have to ask them. But he did defend his sons as human beings:
"They're both kind and good men. They treat women well, I can guarantee that. After 40 odd years, you know your kids. Both of my sons are hard workers. They have a tremendous amount of empathy, they don't forget where they came from, they're very kind and generous. Those are the qualities that I value."
Of course their dad would say that, it would be strange if he didn't. But private lives are private for a reason, and parents usually aren't privy to the daily intimacies of their kids' lives. We can all improve, and learn from our mistakes. Here's hoping the Affleck brothers take the right lessons from their highs and lows and live up to their father's faith.
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