Ben Affleck felt inferior to ex Jennifer Garner due to her impressive fight scenes in ‘Daredevil’

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, well-known actors, have both had experience with fight scenes and physical stunts in movies. However, during the shooting of the film “Daredevil,” Affleck admitted that Garner had the upper hand in their fight scenes.

In the 2003 superhero feature film “Daredevil,” Affleck and Garner portrayed the characters Daredevil and Elektra, respectively. As a superhero movie, it required them to engage in several fight scenes.

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While Affleck was not particularly experienced in fight choreography, Garner had an advantage due to her previous work on the television series “Alias,” where she had spent years choreographing fights. This gave her a head start when it came to their on-screen confrontations.

Affleck once praised Garner’s skills, saying, “Jennifer’s great, she’s fabulous. She’s actually better at [the fighting] than I am. She has had so much training from the ‘Alias’ thing, and she’s a dancer, so she shames me every day.”

Garner, on the other hand, was both impressed and troubled by how quickly Affleck adapted to the fight choreography for the film. She had initially felt confident due to her experience on “Alias,” but soon realized that Affleck was catching up quickly. She joked about it, saying, “I was a little bit cocky after the first couple of days, and then all of a sudden he was kind of crushing me, and that was a problem for me.”

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After their work on “Daredevil,” Affleck and Garner began dating and eventually got married in 2005. Throughout their thirteen-year marriage, both actors continued their careers in the film industry. Garner occasionally returned to the action genre, starring in movies like “The Kingdom,” where she played a part of a government team fighting terrorists.

In “The Kingdom,” the fight scenes differed from Garner’s previous experiences. The director, Peter Berg, wanted the fights to be gritty and realistic. Garner enjoyed shooting these scenes and found them thrilling. She shared, “So, it turned out to be an amazingly real scrabble. We loved shooting it. We had a blast.”

During the filming of “The Kingdom,” Affleck visited the set and watched Garner perform her fight scenes. Instead of being concerned for her safety, he supported and encouraged her. Garner jokingly mentioned that she wished he showed the same level of concern in real life. She recalled, “I thought it would have made him a little bit nervous to see him chucking me against the wall harder and harder with every take, but he was a little too calm about it. Between us, I thought he could have been a little bit more, ‘My wife! You’d better be careful with her.’ He was just like, ‘Go! Go for it, babe! Harder!'”

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Affleck and Garner’s marriage ended in an official divorce in 2018 after thirteen years together. However, their shared experiences in the film industry and their supportive attitudes toward each other’s work during their marriage highlight their professional respect and admiration.

In conclusion, Ben Affleck acknowledged Jennifer Garner’s superior fighting skills during the filming of “Daredevil.” Garner’s experience on “Alias” and her dance background gave her an advantage in fight choreography. Affleck, on the other hand, quickly adapted and impressed Garner with his progress. Their professional relationship extended beyond “Daredevil,” with Garner continuing to showcase her fighting abilities in films like “The Kingdom.” Affleck, being supportive of Garner’s work, cheered her on during her intense fight scenes. Their shared experiences on-screen demonstrated their mutual respect and admiration, despite their eventual separation.