They cut it off during the Oscars broadcast, but during his Argo acceptance speech last night, Ben Affleck actually went into a lot more detail about his marriage to Jennifer Garner. Full text below:
"I want to thank my wife, I want thank you for working on our marriage for ten Christmases, it's- uh, it's- it's good, it is work, but it's the best kind of work, and, uh, there's no one I'd rather work with.
Which is good, because God knows, it does feel like we're working at it a lot. It's hard, hard work. Every moment a challenge, just- literally just slogging through it, you know. Just a real swamp of a marriage. Every morning I wake up and think, how blessed, how blessed I am to be faced with such challenges to overcome. Truly, our love is a mountain, which we are forever climbing. Arduously.
Take this Oscar for instance. You've gotta wonder how long it'll be until my lovely wife, darling I love you, until she uses it against me in a passive aggressive manner, you know? "Apparently you can win an Oscar, but you can't do the dishes," for instance, would be something she might say to me, down the road. Remember how we gave weapons to Iran, and then later they used those weapons against us? Welcome to my life, only Iran is my lovely wife Jennifer and the weapons are "Everything I've ever done or said." But that's just another thing that we have to work on. And I love that.
I know people think celebrities live a charmed life, but you should really see me alone with my wife. Sometimes I think, you know, I would say that we have it harder than any of the people in my movie, that were held hostage in Iran. And I'll tell you what, no Tony Mendezes are coming to save me from this one.
Honey, remember when I was fucking Jennifer Lopez on the reg? Everyone else certainly does. I certainly do. I call my wife "Honey" to remind her that I care about her. Our therapist Geoff says that pet names are good for that. Especially in times of coldness and distance. Which is most times, because our marriage is hard, hard work. The best kind of work work that keeps getting harder, and there's no end in sight.
Here's something: animals don't get married. Like, you don't see raccoons or porcupines walking down the aisle. I'm only half-kidding here, like, maybe there's a reason for that. Honey, I love you, I respect you, I respect the work we've put into this, I can't take it anymore, I'm leaving you, Ar-go out of my life please, goodbye forever, thanks so much everyone, sorry about 'Reindeer Games'."