Ben Affleck admits counting cards
Ben Affleck has admitted learning to count cards so he could win at blackjack.
There had been reports the Gone Girl star was asked to leave a casino because he had been caught counting cards.
Asked by Details magazine about the rumours, Ben confessed it was true, but insisted he had not been thrown out.
The new Batman star revealed: "That is a true story. I mean, that took place. I took some time to learn the game and became a decent blackjack player. And once I became decent, the casinos asked me not to play blackjack. I mean, the fact that being good at the game is against the rules at the casinos should tell you something about casinos.
"They don't even want you to have a sporting chance, really. There's a lot of hospitality, backslapping, when they think you're gonna come in and dump money, and if they think you might leave with some money, it's like, 'You know what? Why don't you try craps or roulette?'."
Ben said he was pleased to have the chance to set the record straight.
He explained: "They just came up and said, 'We can't let you play blackjack. But we have other table games! We have Chinese poker!'
"I get to correct the impression that there's something wrong with it or that it demonstrates some, like, compulsive activity."
Asked about the stories that implied he had been thrown out of the casino, looking dishevelled he said: "That's tabloid s***. That's all bulls***. They completely lie. And there's nothing you can do about that. My only hope is that people with any common sense recognise that those stories are false. And, I don't know, there're worse stories..."
In Gone Girl, Ben plays a husband who becomes vilified by the media when his wife goes missing, and the actor, who is married to actress Jennifer Garner, said he could relate to becoming part of a tabloid spin.
He said: "There's a sort of unapologetic shift from one story to the next. To use Brad Pitt as an example, never once have they run a cover story that says, 'Oops! Sorry! Brad and Angie? Still together. Last week was a complete fabrication!' There's no looking backward. It doesn't serve anybody.
"I could definitely relate to the way - the need of media outlets to tell brief, digestible, readily identifiable stories that include two-dimensional archetype characters."