Ben Affleck owes a lot to fellow movie star Adam Driver for an incredibly sweet gesture Driver made toward Affleck’s little boy on his birthday.
[…] Backing things up, Affleck shared a small but crucial detail about his 8-year-old son: He understands that what his dad and mom do – as actors – isn’t real. They play make-believe roles and get paid for it.
“But he also knows that Star Wars is real,” Affleck said with a laugh, explaining that his son 100 percent believes that the events of the intergalactic action drama are completely factual – which means Affleck’s experience working alongside Driver had a special significance for his son.
“I told him, ‘I’m actually in this movie with Kylo Ren,’” Affleck shared, adding that Samuel’s mind almost imploded at how big a deal that was, and how much his son absolutely loved Kylo Ren.
Getting back up to speed, Affleck recalled how, when he got off the plane after an 11-hour flight, and he got home, he knew something was wrong when he saw the look on the face of one of his assistants.
“I said, 'Where are the presents?’ And he said, 'Well, they didn’t get here,’” Affleck recalled. “So it meant I had to show up to my son’s party with no gift for him. And there was this sort of sinking, awful feeling.”
“And then he goes, 'But, there is something! Adam heard it was your son’s birthday. So he called your assistant and got your address and sent some presents, and signed a card and a picture from Kylo Ren,’” Affleck continued. “So I took those presents and went to see my son.”
“I watched him open all the other presents, and then I said, 'Sam, my presents didn’t get here on time. But I did get a present from somebody who really wanted to make sure you got a gift,’ and he was like, 'Who?’ And I said, 'Kylo Ren,’” Affleck shared.
“He opened the presents and I played him the video, and it was an incredibly moving and powerful moment,” the adoring dad said, as his voice cracked with emotion. “Adam made me a hero to my kid, and I will never, ever, ever forget that.”
The two-time Oscar winner explained that the story is “a really good lesson in doing those small gestures of kindness.”
“Because you have no idea,” he said. “For him [it was no big deal], but it meant the f**king world to me. It meant so much.”
Ben Affleck Gets Emotional Over Adam Driver’s Kind Gesture for His 8-Year-Old Son Samuel - via ETOnline
The thing that we started with for “Who is Ben, then?” is someone who has hope. There’s no more ambiguity about what it is he has to do. There’s no more seesaw that’s happening. For the first time, someone who has never had the answer now finally knows his purpose or destiny. He has to let her know that they’re together. But I don’t know that he entirely is sure of what’s going to happen from there, nor do I think he cares. I think it’s so long as he’s with her, he’s on the right path.
Adam Driver on Ben Solo’s redemption, from The Skywalker Legacy documentary. (via alderaanbraids)