Ben Affleck came in defense of his controversial back tattoo.
The actor and director told Ellen that the colorful phoenix "represents something really important" to him on Thursday's episode of his show.
"C & # 39; was a photo of your back tattoo that got a lot of attention," the comedian said after she and Affleck discussed his new movie "Triple Frontier".
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"It was, not so much positive," replied Affleck, with a half laugh. Ellen went on to call it "a commitment".
While the actor "Gone Girl" began to explain, Ellen claimed that it was "getting up from a …"
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"It's meaningful to me, I like it. It's something I kept private, it wasn't like I was a type of photo shoot or anything else," he continued. We didn't know the paparazzi were there, so they had a picture of my tattoo and yes the feeling went against it. "
But despite the criticism, the star" Argo "stood next to the ink, adding:" I love my tattoo. I'm very happy. "
In a March 2016 interview with Extra TV, Affleck said that the phoenix was" fake for a movie ", but two years later, when he was still there, The New Yorker published an article criticizing the tattoo .
At the time, tweeted in response to the article, entitled "The Great Sadness of Ben Affleck", saying: "@NewYorker I'm doing fine. from flashy tattoos. "