Ben Affleck Turned Down 'Homeland'

October 31, 2012 By:
Ben Affleck Turned Down 'Homeland'
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Nothing like a little resentment to keep a happy marriage going strong.

In a recent speech given at the Artios Awards in Los Angeles, Ben Affleck revealed that he turned down the role as director on episodes of “Homeland.” The reasoning for the decision, he explained, was because of his wife, Jennifer Garner.

"I liked the show. I signed on. The guys were ready. I don't want to blame it on 'her,' but my wife and I have an arrangement where when she works, I don't work and when I work, she doesn't work,” Affleck said.

According to the Argo director, the “Homeland” gig lined up with a job that his wife had already secured.

He explained, "She said, 'I have this movie, it's 10 weeks, it's in Atlanta.' I said, 'Okay, forget it. I'm sure nothing will happen with it anyway.'"

In other words, the reason that Ben didn’t do “Homeland,” the Emmy-winning, critically acclaimed CIA-drama about an impending terrorist attack on the US, is because Jen had agreed to do The Odd Life of Timothy Green, a Disney movie about a boy that grows like a tomato plant in a couple’s backyard…yeah.

But, no worries guys. Ben totally doesn’t hold a grudge or anything. 

"Let me tell you something: I hate that f—ing show," he said about the Showtime series. "I've never seen a frame of it and I hate it."

On a positive note, he cites Jen and his ironclad working agreement for their equally rigid relationship with their daughters Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel.

"I want to thank my wife who is spectacular and who puts up with me and is a doll, who is the reason I didn't do Homeland," he said. "But she is also the reason why my children know my name!"