Ben Affleck Defends His Giant Back Tattoo

The 46-year-old actor stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday and dishes on his giant, rainbow-colored tattoo of a phoenix, which spans his entire back. The rumor of Affleck’s huge ink first started in 2015, but the full scale of the intricate marking was unveiled last March when Affleck was hanging on a Hawaiian beach with his Triple Frontier co-stars, Charlie Hunam, Garrett Hedlund and Oscar Isaac.

Affleck doesn’t seem bothered at all by the somewhat harsh criticism to his permanent marking, classifying the attention as, “not so much positive.”

“It’s a commitment,” DeGeneres acknowledges, before Affleck confirms that the ink is a phoenix.

“Rising from your a**,” DeGeneres quips.

“We didn’t even plan that bit,” Affleck jokes good naturedly. “That’s what you get when you’re a comedian. You can do that kind of thing. Very quick.”

Affleck goes on to reveal that the “meaningful” tattoo “represents something really important to me.”

“I like it,” he says. “It’s something I sort of kept private. It wasn’t like I was sort of doing photo shoots or whatever. We were two hours north of the city on some island in Hawaii and we didn’t know paparazzi was there. So they got a picture of my tattoo and yeah the sentiment ran, you know, against.”

“I was like, I love my tattoo. I’m very happy with it,” he adds of his response to the criticism. “Luckily I’m the one who has it.”

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