Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and their wives go on a double date

Matt Damon, his pregnant wife Luciana Barroso, his old friend Ben Affleck and Ben’s wife, actress Jennifer Garner, went out for dinner on Saturday night at Nobu restaurant in Malibu. Matt and Luciana were laughing up a storm, but Ben and Jennifer looked a little somber. I can easily speculate that at least one photographer was shouting obnoxious questions at them based on that barely decipherable story by Ted Casablanca that there’s trouble in their marriage. If you watch any paparazzi video they pepper the celebrities with near-constant questions that can seem incredibly creepy and stalkerish.

The last we saw of Matt he was looking super frumpy and a little plump on the Hawaiian set of The Insider. Put a hat and a normal shirt on the guy and he’s the fine action hero dad again. His wife looks gorgeous and I love her outfit and hair.

Affleck appeared on Nightline on Thursday in a piece talking about his work in the Congo. He’s more than aware that celebrities can be bashed for doing charity work, but he feels that he has currency as a famous person and he may as well spend it on doing good in the world.

As for the state of his marriage, Affleck told Access Hollywood that everything is fine and that he couldn’t be happier:

“Things are pretty great,” Affleck said, when asked if he had any vacation plans on the horizon. “We’re very happy. Things couldn’t be better. We’re kind of taking it easy and just kind of enjoying a little downtime at home.”

[From Access Hollywood – site has automatic sound]

The tabloids are going to use these photos and run stories with made up insider quotes that Garner and Affleck are having trouble. I bet you these two are just annoyed at the intrusive paparazzi and the rude questions they shout.

Thanks to Splash for these photos.

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  1. daisy42465 says:

    Matt & Luciana look so happy, good luck to them.

  2. Kaiser/ Hippacrat says:

    Seriously. Matt & Lucy are one of my favorite couples. They’re so cute together.

    Bennifer 2.0? zzzzzz… wha?…zzzz

  3. devilgirl says:

    That must have been like watching paint dry to have been on that dbl date.

  4. Zoe says:

    I just don’t get the Matt and Lucy coupling. She’s not terrible looking, but come on (even not preggers, she’s just average). And she was a bartender with a kid for god’s sake and he went to Harvard. Couldn’t he have done better? Isn’t he bored with her? I guess I was hoping he’d hook up with some kind of super smart bad ass and they’d do great things together.

    Same kinda goes for Ben and Jen. He’s annoying as hell, but he’s no dummy and she just seems so limited and bland (no, not because there’s no scandal associated with her).

  5. Kaiser/ Hippacrat says:

    See, I like Lucy because she’s a real “average” person – as opposed to fake “average” like the interchangable Jennifers – Garner and Aniston.

    I give Matt a lot of credit for being a good actor who makes great career choices, and for keeping out of the tabloids. I give him credit for dating, marrying and starting a blended family with a normal person like Lucy – and judging them only from red carpets and what little I hear about them, they seem really happy.

    Ben Affleck is not a v. good actor, and he’s made some horrible career choices. And Garner seems hellbent on, in the words of Lainey (laineygossip) ingratiating herself on the Minivan Majority. I liked her in Juno, and that was the character, not the actress. And you’re right, Zoe. Together, they’re just BLAND…zzz…zzz…

  6. Emily says:

    I like all of them and I don’t like many – good luck to them.

  7. ff says:

    Oh man, just look at the body language. You really don’t need a story when there’s body language like that.

  8. I choose me says:

    I like these two couples alot, and Ben and Jen seem like a normal, happy couple to me. As for body language, they are smiling in the car.