Ben Affleck ‘confused’ that Jennifer Lopez likes ‘Yellowstone’

Affleck explained that Lopez was “really drawn to the romance between Cole Hauser and the woman who plays his wife” on Taylor Sheridan’s hit show.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez’s marriage seems to be going strong — on and off the screen. Less than a year after the reunited couple tied the knot, Affleck has signed on to star Lopez in a new sports drama called “Unstoppable” through his production company Artists Equity. But while they may not be talking about their upcoming film project, that doesn’t mean they always agree on what to watch.

Appearance: “Bill Simmons Podcast” Affleck joked that his wife’s TV preferences sometimes confuse him. She said Lopez enjoys Taylor Sheridan’s Western soap opera “Yellowstone” — apparently much more than she does.

“It bothers me a little that my wife really likes Yellowstone,” Affleck said, adding that Lopez was “really drawn to the romance between Cole Hauser and the woman who plays his wife.”

While Affleck said Hauser’s role as Rip Wheeler is “excellent” on the show, his comments speak to the difference in opinion about “Yellowstone” in different circles. The series has consistently dominated cable television ratings since its 2018 premiere and has spawned several popular spin-offs that air on Paramount+. The franchise is such a reliable ratings juggernaut that Paramount is essentially building its streaming strategy around making as many Sheridan projects as possible.

But within Hollywood, the show isn’t nearly as popular. The series has been largely panned by critics – although some prequels have fared better – and it doesn’t drive conversations like busier prestige shows (with much smaller audiences).

Of course, Affleck has never been one to mince words when it comes to sharing his distaste for entertainment properties he doesn’t like. He recently talked about how the unpleasant experience of filming Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” has rubbed off on him on superhero movies.

“You want to go to work and find something interesting to get your hands on instead of wearing a rubber suit,” he said. “And most of the time, you’re just standing at a computer screen saying, ‘If this nuclear waste is released, we’ll…’ That’s fine.” I’m not looking down on this or putting it down, but I’ve gotten to the point where it’s creatively unsatisfying. Plus, you’re sweaty and exhausted. And I thought, “I don’t want to be a part of this in any way. And I don’t want to waste any more of my limited life.’”

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