The actor/writer/director has known the humiliated Congressman for the last few years.
Three years ago, Ben Affleck was doing research for his role in thriller State of Play.
When he needed advice from a real politician, he turned to none other than New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, who this week admitted that he had lied about sending sexually suggestive photos to several women via the Internet.
In a 2009 interview with the Times, Weiner said of Affleck: “I developed, I must confess, a grudging respect for him. He has good political instincts. He said Barack was going to win and he turned out to be right.”
The admiration turned out to be mutual, even though the two friends had a few “in your face” political debates.
“We got into a chest-to-chest shouting match over Obama–Clinton within about four minutes. Literally, people were outside the office wondering if they should go in and separate us,” Weiner has said about one of their first encounters.