'Let's face it, going up against actors, it's not a high bar. I expected to do fairly well, so I was seriously humbled,' said Affleck.
Do you remember 2021, when Wordle first took the world by storm and had most of us trying to figure out the five-letter word of the day? You will be pleased to know that Ben Affleck also caught the Wordle craze and continues to enjoy the game with his friends to this day.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the "Gone Girl" star shared that he plays a Wordle-inspired game called Octordle, where the player has to guess eight five-letter words in only 13 attempts. Affleck shared the fun fact about himself while talking about his recent bout of COVID-19. "I had the no-energy COVID, where it was too much work to pick up the phone to play Octordle," said the actor.
"It’s just Wordle with more words. Don't be impressed, it's not harder. I was invited to join a cool little red velvet rope celebrity Wordle group. Matt [Damon]'s one of them. Jason Bateman and Bradley [Cooper], and... Actually, the first rule of Wordle is don't talk about Wordle. Unless you get it in three guesses," Affleck added.
ben affleck reveals that he’s in a wordle group chat with bradley cooper, matt damon and jason bateman. pic.twitter.com/vyU4Edtjov— best of jason bateman (@badpostbateman) March 16, 2023
The actor admitted that before joining the celebrity group, he used to consider himself good at word games and would do the "crossword compulsively in the mornings." However, he soon realized that the "cool little red velvet rope celebrity Wordle group" meant business when it came to guessing the right words.
"Let's face it, going up against actors, it's not a high bar. I expected to do fairly well, so I was seriously humbled. You have to do the Wordle, the Quordle and the Octordle, and add up your score, and then whoever gets the lowest score wins for the day. It's fiercely competitive, and there's a lot of mockery and derision. So I'm in training," Affleck admitted.
During the interview, Affleck also spoke about his decades-long friendship with Damon and starting a company with him. "I suppose the reason it works is that I trust him and love him, and I know that this is somebody with integrity. In this business, failure is hard, and success is confusing and can make you lose your bearings," shared the actor.
"Having that friendship as a touchstone over the years was really meaningful," Affleck added. "One of the things we reflected on when we did 'The Last Duel' that caused us to want to do this company together was the fact that we wished we'd kept working together more over the years. We fell prey to this idea that 'Well if you don't individuate your careers and do your own things, people will always associate you together. That will be limiting.'"
Affleck and Damon first collaborated about 25 years ago when they wrote the screenplay for "Good Will Hunting" and won Oscars for it. The friends now have their own production company called Artists Equity which is founded on the premise of profit sharing among all creators. The first movie that the company has produced is "Air" and is set to be released on April 5, 2023. Affleck also directed the film, reports Harper Bazaar.
Ben Affleck’s ‘AIR’ is one of the best experiences I've had in a movie theater.— The Hollywood Handle (@hollywoodhandle) March 19, 2023
Entertaining, Hilarious, Hopeful, and the best movie of the year so far. Ben Affleck is amazing and extraordinary as a Director. #AirMovie #SXSW #SXSW2023 #Air
Full review soon. pic.twitter.com/n5DoEgZGOp
Affleck also addressed the rumors about him not enjoying the 2023 Grammys, clarifying that he had a good time. "And I’ve gone to events and been pissed off. I've gone and been bored. I've gone to award shows and been drunk, a bunch. Nobody ever once said I'm drunk. [But at the Grammys] they were like, 'He's drunk.' And I thought, that's interesting. That raises a whole other thing about whether or not it's wise to acknowledge addiction because there's a lot of compassion, but there is still a tremendous stigma, which is often quite inhibiting. I do think it disincentivizes people from making their lives better," said Affleck.