Ben Affleck has chosen to defend his controversial back tattoo.
The actor and director told Ellen that the colorful phoenix was "something really important" for him on Thursday
"There was a photo of your back tattoo that attracted a lot of attention," the comedian said after She and Affleck had discussed his new movie "Triple Frontier".
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"It was not so very positive," Affleck replied with half a laugh. Ellen followed her, calling it "a commitment."
When the "Gone Girl" actor began to explain, Ellen interjected that it was "from an a ̵
"It's a phoenix rising from me a–" affirmed Affleck. "I just wanted to say it's something really important to me, but maybe we just skip that."
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"It matters to me, I like it , It's something that I somehow keep private. It was not like I was doing photo shoots or anything, "he continued," We did not know the paparazzi were there, so they got a photo of my tattoo and yes, the feeling was against it.
But despite criticism, the "Argo" star stood next to the ink and added, "I love my tattoo. I am very happy with it.
In an March 2016 Extra TV interview, Affleck said the Phoenix was "a forgery for a movie," but two years later, while still there, The New Yorker published an article
he tweeted in response to the article titled "The Great Sadness of Ben Affleck" and said, "@NewYorker: I'm fine, thick skin is strengthened by flashy tattoos."