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Ben Affleck Explained Why He Was Asked To “Fix” His Teeth To Be In “Armageddon”

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“Be sexy, how do I do that?”

While watching Michael Bay’s classic 1998 disaster film Armageddon, you might be tempted to think about a lot of things — like asteroids hitting Earth, the whole plausibility of the film itself, stuff like that.


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I’m willing to guess, however, that one of those things isn’t “Ben Affleck’s teeth.” And yet!


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In a recent interview with fellow actor and longtime BFF Matt Damon for Entertainment Weekly, Affleck revealed that he was asked to “fix” his teeth prior to starring in Armageddon.


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Affleck claimed that producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay had a “focus on aesthetics” that veered toward how he looked.

“[They were] like, ‘You guys gotta go to the tanning bed!'” he recalled. “They made me fix my teeth and work out and be sexy. Be sexy, how do I do that? ‘Go to the gym!'”

“Running in the gym and putting oil on my body and stuff, and it just turned out to be a long-form version of one of those male topless calendars, in a garage, carrying a tire, kind of greased up.”


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In case you forgot, Affleck played an oil rig worker in the film, and he told Damon that his character’s occupation played a role in Bay’s, uh, vision for displaying Affleck’s body.


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“Michael had a vision of a glistening male torso in the oil, and he was like, ‘That’s going to go in the trailer and sell tickets!’ And you know, what can you say?” Indeed!


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Read the entire interview here.



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