Ben Affleck To Portray Former Basketball Star In Recovery

By Victoria Kim 10/25/18

Affleck reportedly began preparing for the role while in rehab.

Ben Affleck

As Ben Affleck adjusts to life post-rehab, he’s taking on a new role that he can very much relate to.

This month, the 46-year-old actor completed a 40-day treatment program for alcohol, which he began in late August. In a statement posted on social media, Affleck shared that he will “remain in outpatient care.”

He’s now back at work, filming his new movie Torrance, about a former basketball star struggling with substance use disorder who tries to make a comeback by coaching a high school basketball team, according to IMDb.

Affleck’s problem with alcohol—which he’s been contending with for more than a decade—mirrors his character’s issues.

People reports that Affleck began preparing for the role while in rehab with daily training and meetings with a basketball coach.

Affleck previously sought treatment for his drinking in 2001 and then in 2017. After his most recent stay, he expressed gratitude for the support he’s received throughout his highly publicized ordeal.

“The support I have received from my family, colleagues and fans means more to me than I can say. It’s given me the strength and support to speak about my illness with others,” Affleck wrote on social media.

“Battling any addiction is a lifelong and difficult struggle… So many people have reached out on social media and spoken about their own journeys with addiction. To those people, I want to say thank you.”

His brother, actor Casey Affleck, says he was lucky to have “the kind of resources and time” to be able to go to a good facility and get help.

“It can’t be easier to have everybody looking at you and taking your picture as you’re walking out of an intervention,” said Casey. “I don’t envy that. I saw my father struggle with it for many years and nobody was following him around with cameras and stuff.”

Casey added that he and his brother “come from a long line of alcoholics.”

“Alcoholism has a huge impact on not just the person, but also their family,” Casey told ET in September. “So, I think for his kids’ sake and for their mom, he’s trying to do the work and get it together.”

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