George Clooney says he’s worried about Ben Affleck filming in a bar for his new movie due to his past alcoholism

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George Clooney attends the premiere of “The Tender Bar” during the 65th BFI London Film Festival at The Royal Festival Hall on October 10, 2021 in London, England.John Phillips/Getty Images for BFI

  • George Clooney spoke to The Times of London about directing his new movie, The Tender Bar.

  • The Times reported that Clooney said he was concerned about Ben Affleck being filmed in a bar.

  • Affleck has been open about his battle with alcoholism in the past.

George Clooney He told The Times of London That he was concerned about Ben Affleck being filmed in a bar after the “Gone Girl” actor’s history of alcoholism.

Clooney is the director of the upcoming movie “The Tender Bar,” which is based on the memoirs written by American journalist JR Moehringer about his teenage years spent at his uncle’s bar. Tye Sheridan plays Moringer and Affleck plays Uncle Charlie.

Jonathan Dean, a senior Times reporter, said during the interview that Clooney “was a wonderful gossip about his friend.” [Affleck]Dean wrote, paraphrasing, that Clooney told him he was “worried about filming in a bar because Affleck is a recovering alcoholic.”

Insider reached out to reps for Clooney and Affleck for further feedback.

Ben Affleck and Ty Sheridan in "  The Tender Bar.  & quot;

Ben Affleck (left) and Ty Sheridan in “The Tender Bar.”Amazon Studios

It was Affleck He opened up about his battle with alcoholism After entering the rehabilitation center for the first time in 2001. Last year, Affleck He told the New York Times, it started Drink more during marital problems With his ex-wife Jennifer Garner.

“I drank relatively normally for a long time,” the 49-year-old actor told The Times. “What happened is that I started drinking more and more when my marriage was falling apart. That was in 2015, 2016. Drinking alcohol, of course, created more marital problems.”

In 2018, Affleck opened About his recovery in an Instagram post that has now been deleted After spending 40 days in rehabilitation.

The “Good Will Hunting” actor wrote that “fighting any addiction is a lifelong struggle.” “Because of that, the person is not or is not in treatment. It is a full-time commitment… it helps to know I am not alone. I also had to remind myself, if you have a problem, help is a sign of courage and not weakness or failure.”

After his stint in rehab in 2018, Affleck went on to star in The Way Back where he portrayed an alcoholic basketball coach. in a Interview with The Hollywood Reporter’s Actor Roundtable Earlier this year, Affleck said that His past experiences in his personal life helped him to become a better actor.

“The Tender Bar” is shown in select theaters from December 17, and on Amazon Prime from January 6, 2022.

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