Radar: Jennifer Garner flipped out when Matt Damon skipped GG premiere

Matt Damon was one of the high profile guests at the Alamooney wedding extravaganza in Venice last weekend. We know because we saw photos of the Bourne actor smiling obligingly for the cameras, as we’ve come to expect from him. Matt is always game. There was an opportunity cost to Matt’s weekend-long celebration of his friends’ wedding. He missed his buddy Ben Affleck’s premiere for Gone Girl. According to Radar Online, Matt’s absence enraged Affleck’s wife, Jennifer Garner, who had words with her husband at the premiere. Just so you know, I think this is BS but I’m repeating it so we can talk about it.

RadarOnline.com has learned that Matt Damon’s absence from the Friday premiere of Ben Affleck’s highly-anticipated and Oscar-touted role in Gone Girl definitely did NOT go unnoticed by Mrs. Affleck herself, Jennifer Garner, who was less than pleased that her hubby’s supposed BFF skipped out on the high-profile event to attend George Clooney’s wedding.

“Jennifer was furious that Matt didn’t go to the premiere,” an eyewitness told Radar exclusively. “She flipped out that he ditched his best friend on his big night to go to George’s wedding instead.”

Says the source, Garner thought he could have walked the carpet and then hopped on a plane to Italy, where Clooney tied the knot with Amal Alamuddin in a Venetian extravaganza Saturday surrounded by a who’s-who of VIPs, including Vogue editrix Anna Wintour, Rande Gerber, Cindy Crawford, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, and his Ocean’s 11 and Monuments Men co-star Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso…

“Jen and Ben go to every event for Matt,” said the source of the overheard behind-the-scenes beef. “She was just mad because he could have tried to do the same for Ben, and still made it to George’s wedding in time.”

But, it seems, Affleck was more forgiving of his friend. After a few calming words from Garner’s husband, who kept his cool, Affleck stepped out onto the red carpet alongside a stunning and very pregnant Rosamund Pike for the New York City fete.

“Ben calmed her down,” added the eyewitness. “But people in the vicinity were shocked.”

[From Radar Online]

Matt lives right down the street from the Garner-Afflecks, and Ben claims he’s at Matt’s house constantly. These two are close. Matt probably assumes that Ben will understand when he can’t support him at every event. I think this story is bogus, there hasn’t been an official premiere for the film yet, just a kind of soft premiere at the NY Film Festival last Friday. From the photos I could find, Garner wasn’t even there, but let’s assume a photographer at the Gone Girl premiere overheard Jen ask Ben “Where’s Matt?” or something similar. Jen does not seem like a confrontational person. She comes across as the sweet, understanding type and Ben has said as much about her. Even if this happened I doubt it was as big of a deal as Radar is claiming.

Meanwhile Ben seems to regret not being able to make it to Clooney’s blowout. He told ET Canada “Some people have to work and everybody else gets to be in Venice.” He added that “[George] found a great girl and I’m happy for them. I wish them the best.” You know that Ben just wants to sit his ass down at the Casino Venezia.

Oh and Ben was a guest on Jimmy Fallon last night. He said his three kids don’t care that he’s playing Batman, but that they love Frozen so much that even his two and a half year-old son, Samuel, wants to watch it constantly. He also claimed that he played Samuel the clip of Fallon singing “Let it Go” with Idina Menzel and that Samuel made Ben sing Fallon’s part. Ben sounded really hoarse too.

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photos of Affleck and Damon are from 2013 and 2010. Header image is from 2014. Affleck is shown alone on 9-26-14 at the Gone Girl premiere. Credit: Getty, WENN and FameFlynet

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  1. The Original Mia says:

    Don’t think Ben was invited to the wedding. He & Jen have never hung out with George. That said I didn’t even know Gone Girl had its premiere. Oops.

    • Sunny says:

      I don’t think they are tight but George and Ben are for sure work friends. Argo was produced by Ben, George, and Grant Haslov(Clooney’s producing and writing partner).

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Affleck did get an invitation.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        And Ben’s brother Casey was in all the Ocean films too.

      • The Original Mia says:

        Just because you’re work friends doesn’t mean you are a close friend that you want at your wedding. But you may be right. Just didn’t sound as if he was invited from the way Ben was talking on Fallon.

    • Brittney B says:

      Do you *really* think Ben would have said that to a reporter if he wasn’t invited? That would be highly embarrassing, saying “some of us have to work, everyone else gets to go” if work WASN’T the reason he didn’t go.

      • The Original Mia says:

        Would he really admit he wasn’t invited? To not be included with the cool kids, like Matt? I would think he’d bluff and let everyone think he was invited.

      • Jenna says:

        I could see him bluffing or giving the kind of evasive answer that he did if someone else brought it up, just to save face (both for himself and for George). One time I was out to lunch with some friends from my hometown. Two of the friends were a couple who were getting married a few weeks later. I had not been invited to the wedding. I was not super upset by this as I probably wouldn’t have been able to attend anyway. However, the wedding inevitably came up in the lunch conversation, and someone asked me if I was planning to come back to my hometown again for it. Now, I could have said “nope, I wasn’t invited”, but I felt that would have made things look bad/awkward for the couple (or suggested that there was bad blood between us). I just said something like “It would be kind of a long trip to make again so soon” (which was true, regardless of whether or not I had been invited), and we left it at that.

  2. Jackson says:

    Yeah, not buying it either.

    • starrywonder says:

      Totally made up especially since Jen Garner wasn’t even at the NY soft premiere (eyeroll).

      • paranormalgirl says:

        You’re right. Jennifer wasn’t even there. Ben Affleck was on some entertainment show last night and he said Jennifer couldn’t make the event because the kids were sick.

      • don't kill me i'm french says:


    • lisa says:

      i dont buy it

      if anything jennifer is probably tired of sharing ben with his first love matt

    • idsmith says:

      I don’t buy it either, because as if she “just” found out at the premiere Matt wouldn’t be there. As if she didn’t already know he would be in Venice. If he was expected at the premiere, the Afflecks would have known in advance.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Me either.

      But I am happy I have an excuse to vent a little of my Gone Girl anticipation. I have realized over the years, I am constantly putting money down for Fincher films. I like his style so much, he creates suspense without a ton of gore. I really liked the book. I have really liked Rosemund in what I have seen her in so far, but they were mostly supporting roles. I am very excited to see her take the reigns of such a complex character. I think this will be a great combo of source material/director/casting.

  3. Jh says:

    Man, Ben is looking rough in these pics.

    • mimif says:

      Yeah he is, but Garner looks amazingly in that header pic.

    • Esmom says:

      Agreed, very puffy.

    • snowflake says:

      really? I think he looks really good. esp since it doesn’t look he’s doing any botox or anything, just aging naturally. but then, I’m 38, so I’m starting to see signs of aging. one is the puffy eyes, you get those sometimes when you get older. for me, if i eat something with a lot of sodium, or drink, my face is puffier in the morning. that’s good for me, though, I have a skinny face, so it fluffs it up, lol.

    • Jag says:

      Was just coming to say that he looks really rough. That’s not the way I envision Batman. Batman is supposed to be handsome – not bloated and sick looking.

  4. Chris says:

    Poor old Matt. Everyone wants a piece of him. He has his own life to live too.

  5. lower-case deb says:

    to be very superficial, say if i had two friends of equal regard and both had invited me to their respective events of equal importance to them, one in NYC and the other in Venice, happening at the same time…
    it’s like a no-brainer. sorry New Yorkers but Venice wins every time.

    • Esmom says:

      Also, wedding = once in a lifetime event (or a couple times since this is HW) and movie premiere = dime a dozen

    • Brittney B says:

      Exactly! Not to mention the fact that George has spent two decades talking about the fact that he’ll never get married… this is a major event for everyone in his life, who gets to rib him ad nauseum and celebrate the love that finally changed his mind. (I know, I know…)

      Meanwhile, Ben didn’t even direct this movie. He’s the star, sure, but is this REALLY a life-defining movie for him? I think not.

      I agree with CB; this story is BS.

    • Tippy says:

      I get the impression that alot of Hollywood A-Listers (or whatever) were invited but sent their regrets.

      Those that did accept the invitation probably felt obliged to attend the entire 3 days long program of festivities.

  6. Aussie girl says:

    Seriously I said this yesterday but what us wrong with his eyes. Pink eye, stoned or has he had work..?

    • Zigggy says:

      Lainey had that blind about an actor who got hooked on pain pills after a skiing accident. Ben had a skiing accident, and has been looking tired ever since :S

      • MrsBPitt says:

        Have you seen Ben’s body since he is playing Batman….He is working out like crazy!!! I doubt he could get into shape like that if he was on pain killers….

      • Jag says:

        Did Clooney have a skiing accident? It’s been rumored for a long time that he’s hooked since his back injury.

    • A says:

      He has a head cold in all recent interviews.

    • Lena says:

      He’s been sick. He said so, and you could tell last night on Fallon he was horse-cold sounding. This story is definitely BS. Jennifer wasn’t even at the Film Festival herself because she was in LA doing press for ALexander, and the no good…etc. at the same time it opened.

  7. Esmom says:

    Please. Sounds like BS to me. If she cared about Matt being there I don’t think the red carpet would have been the first place she’d ask Ben where he was.

  8. als says:

    I believe half of it.
    Maybe the article exaggerated, but I bet she NOTICED and NOTED that Damon wasn’t there.
    I don’t think Garner is understanding, I think she is tough.
    Staying married to Ben Affleck means to never have needs of your own – that is just tough.

    • starrywonder says:

      Nah this is so fake it’s unreal. First of all if Jen Garner is all about Ben Affleck and his career she would never make it public that she was upset about Matt Damon. I think Radar is full of crap and since they published that picture of Robin Williams at an AA meeting they are just shit to me.

    • A says:

      Jennifer wasn’t even there though. She had a press junket for her new Disney movie with Steve Carrell in LA.

  9. Charlotte says:

    Doubt this story, but don’t have feelings either way if it’s true. Really just wanted to chime in with my girl crush love for jennifer. She’s not my Mindy Kaling, but gosh darn it, I think she’s lovely anyway.

  10. feebee says:

    It seems too strange to me that it would be a surprise for Jennifer at the premiere that MD wasn’t there. She would have known before hand. Wedding vs movie showing sounds like a no-brainer anyway. They sometimes have multiple premieres don’t they?. I don’t think it’s that much of a biggie and I don’t think Jennifer Garner would have thought so enough to have a public spat about it.

  11. Deb says:

    I hope its not true.

  12. Sara says:

    even if she was furious she would know before and not suddenly realize it on the carpet. Jennifer Garner is either a sweet person or is very good at potraying one in public. both of that speaks against that she would be so furious in public.

    and as the top comment in George Clooneys thread todays says: people kind of knew George was going to marry at that day.

  13. hadlyB says:

    Ben looks back on the sauce.

    Jennifer wouldn’t DARE yell at Ben .. he calls the shots; does what he wants, says what he wants, F8%ks who he wants — she takes it all so I hardly think Matt not showing up would even cause her to get that angry. Irritated maybe. If anything she was more upset she had to do yet another red carpet and wasn’t invited to the George wedding.

    Ben is on the verge of exploding into some major meltdown and I look forward to seeing it happen .. I just wonder when, with who, where and hope there’s video and pics.

  14. Sunny says:

    I think this story is total BS. First off, Affleck and Damon still always show up for one another. I mean, this is a man who moved his family to a different coast, in part because Ben wouldn’t move his family out east, so they could raise their kids near one another.

    I don’t think Ben cares that Matt missed his premier. It is not a big deal. And I certainly don’t think Jennifer would bring it up in public if she did care. I think she would be smart enough to not talk shit about his best friend in public. I can’t imagine he would take too kindly to that sort of talk.

  15. Talie says:

    Matt and his wife are apparently much closer with John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.

    • don't kill me i'm french says:

      Damon lived in the same building than Krasinski/Blunt in NY.Now Damon& co lives in LA in Affleck’s same street ( i believe there is only Spielberg’s house between them)

  16. lucy2 says:

    I saw it reported in several places that Jen wasn’t even there, so I’m seriously doubting she was made at Matt for not being there.
    Either way, a movie usually has several premieres, and Ben has made dozens of movies. It would be stupid to miss a good friend’s wedding for a fairly common event. This story is complete BS, IMO.

  17. islandwalker says:

    Complete BS.

  18. The Original G says:

    Ben spends all his time at MATT’S house?

    • Sunny says:

      He has admitted it as has Matt. Since Matt moved down the street from him (a few years ago) so their families could be closer, Ben has spent a ton of time hanging out chez Damon.

      Ben even said in an interview that it sometimes gets on Lucy’s nerves. I imagine it is like the two of them are children and Ben is always over at their place to play.

  19. livinglavitalola says:

    My bs meter kicked into overdrive the moment you mentioned radar online. That site isn’t any better than the trashy gossip mags you find in the store. They make up a lot of bs especially when it suits their many agendas.

    • AryaMartell says:

      That site is the pinnacle misogyny in celebrity gossip. I stopped reading Radar because I was so disgusted by their comments about female celebrities. They go out of their way to make women look absolutely disgusting and vile.

    • Jen2 says:

      Radar is owned by the National Enquirer. Big no on veracity of sources and stories.

  20. K.B. says:

    Matt should have gone to the premiere, but only because now he’s on my permanent crap list for participating in Clooney’s chicanery.

  21. AryaMartell says:

    As much as I am not a fan of Jennifer Garner or Ben Affleck even I don’t believe this story for one second.

  22. Kim1 says:

    BS Jen missed the premiere because one of the kids was ill

  23. frivolity says:

    This is just a flat out lie, not to mention a stupid and ridiculous one at that. I just saw a Gone Girl interview in which Ben said that Jennifer wasn’t at the premiere because the kids were sick. As for the Clooney wedding – I suspect the Afflecks weren’t invited, but Ben covered himself as well as George by using the work excuse …

  24. Jayna says:

    One of the dumbest fake stories I’ve ever seen. Not even remotely believable. Jen flipping out because Matt wasn’t at a red carpet opening for Ben’s movie. LOL

  25. Jag says:

    ” Jen does not seem like a confrontational person. She comes across as the sweet, understanding type and Ben has said as much about her.”

    Thank you for the enormous laugh. I needed that. Jen’s PR is as good as Julia Roberts’ is. People behind the scenes allegedly can’t stand Jen because he’s shrill, domineering, controlling, and awful. She also allegedly keeps getting pregnant to keep Ben around because he was going to leave her each time; but since he’d look bad if he left her while pregnant, he didn’t. Now he might want to go into politics, so he’ll probably keep the wifey-wife with the cute kids for his PR.

    • Belle says:

      People behind the scenes can’t stand Jen? Which people would those be? Not suggesting she’s never irritated anyone, but I’ve only heard positve comments about her.

      As for the ‘alleged’ pregnancies to keep Ben around… Ben’s image would take a massive hit if he were to ‘leave’ Jennifer so I don’t think she is knocking herself up to keep him.

  26. original kay says:

    I thought I heard that Matt’s wife didn’t care for Jen, so maybe she said “we go to the wedding”, and Matt just nodded along.

    was the wife there? I admit I haven’t paid much attention just because I know Georgie wants TONS of it.

    • Sarah says:

      Oh yes Original Kay, the wife was there! Check out the picture of her on the cover of People mag…she’s the one with her boobies popping out.

  27. kimbers says:

    Maybe it’s me but Jen does NOT come across as sweet, but more of a passive aggressive style of living.

    Also I was under the impression that Matt’s wife doesnt like Jen. I think Jen is just a crazy person that has a convincing smile.

    • Sarah says:

      Oh my, Kimbers! I was about to post a comment using the very words passive aggressive in it! Hi Kimbers! My comment twin :-)

  28. JoJo says:

    I could totally see Jen Garner doing this, because I think she and Ben have serious issues behind closed doors, but that said, I do think this story is BS. Only because she wouldn’t be dumb enough to fight about it in public, and also, agree with others, she wouldn’t be just “finding out” about it on that night. Also, in general, I’ve never gotten even a hint of ‘warm and fuzzy’ betwen Matt and Jen. Not saying there’s any huge anymosity there, but I’ve never heard Matt make a single complementary comment about her or Ben/Jen as a couple. I just get the sense that Ben and Matt are the BFFs and that Matt and Jen are probably just respectful to each other. Not that there’s anything wrong with that either – just seems like there’s a “coolness” there. But who am I?

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