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    Ben Affleck Admitted That It Was "Depressing" When "Gigli" Flopped And That It Made Him Have "A Lot Of Self-Doubt"

    "It engendered a lot of negative feelings in people about me."

    Gigli is, in a very special way, an infamous film.

    Jennifer Lopez puts her hands on Ben Affleck's midsection

    Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's 2003 romantic comedy was a total disaster critically and commercially. It only made $7.3 million worldwide, which is not a lot when you consider that it stars, well, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck.

    Lopez reads in bed while Affleck looks at her

    How does it feel to have your name forever attached to such a flop? Affleck opened up about it to Entertainment Weekly.

    Affleck sits on a couch while wearing a tank top

    “The truth about that movie and what it taught me was how much everything around a movie sort of dictates the way people see it,” he said. “But for being a movie that’s such a famous bomb and a disaster, very few people actually saw the movie."

    Affleck looks at Lopez

    Affleck then admitted that the movie just straight-up "didn't work." "It’s a sort of horse’s head in a cow’s body," he said.

    Affleck looks into a washing machine

    "And the studio at the time, because I had begun having this relationship with Jennifer Lopez, which was selling a lot of magazines and appeared to generate a lot of enthusiasm, they just predictably latched onto, ‘They want a romantic comedy. They want the two of them together. More of that!’"

    Affleck looks at Lopez

    Affleck also discussed how the film "engendered a lot of negative feelings in people about me."

    Affleck uses a pay phone

    "There’s that aspect of people that I got to see that was sad and hard, it was depressing and really made me question things and feel disappointed and have a lot of self-doubt."

    Affleck leans over a bench

    But Affleck also conceded that Gigli wasn't all bad. He said the film ultimately led him to pursue directing — and, "I did get to meet Jennifer, the relationship with whom has been really meaningful to me in my life.”

    Affleck leans over Lopez

    Read the entire interview here.