Liar, liar,back is on fire.
The actor was photographed shirtless on a beach while filming for a new movie project, which revealed an enormous tattoo of a phoenix on his back. Three years ago, when the tattoo was first glimpsed, Affleck explained it was for a role.
“[It’s] fake for a movie,”“I actually do have a number of tattoos but I try to have them in places where you don’t have to do a lot of cover-up. They get sort of addictive, tattoos, after a while.”
Then, Affleck was spotted last week on a beach with “Triple Frontier” co-stars Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, and Garrett Hedlund. And the “fake” tattoo turned out to be very real.
Ben Affleck’s hilarious giant back tattoo is a glorious gift to us all
— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie)
According to, Affleck got the tattoo after his split from ex-wife Jennifer Garner. She, meanwhile, wasn’t a fan of the look, telling , “You know what we would say in my hometown about that? ‘Bless his heart'” (a true Southern put-down.”
She added, “A phoenix rising from the ashes. Am I the ashes in this scenario? I take umbrage.”
Another of Affleck’s famous exes, Jennifer Lopez, said, “It’s awful!”
And of course, the internet just had a field day.
When you realize the back tattoo is real and Ben Affleck was lying when he said it was for a movie. 😲
— Anthony Dominic (@alloveranthony)
Ben Affleck’s back tattoo looks like it was ALSO directed by Zack Snyder
— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit)
“I want the equivalent of Gigli, but on my back.” – Ben Affleck to his tattoo artist
— Chris (@chrisforfree)
Ben Affleck’s back tattoo looks like it went to Guy Fieri’s flavor town to try to get it’s money back, and failed
— Boring Crazy (@boring_crazy)