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Reel World: 8/01/03

Friday, August 01, 2003

Ben-Jen Backlash

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are so distraught at the critical backlash to their movie "Gigli" that they have vowed never to work together again, reports

Sources close to the couple -- who met and fell in love on the set of the gangster comedy -- say that although in public they have defended the flick, behind closed doors J.Lo is very upset at the bad press.

And they believe their incredible fame and the gossip surrounding their upcoming marriage doomed the movie to failure before it was released.

"Ben's brushing it off but J.Lo's taking it personally," said one source. "They've admitted their relationship is more of a hindrance than a boost to a movie."

Fans will get one more chance to see them on screen together in Kevin Smith's upcoming movie "Jersey Girl," which will be released in February.

Meanwhile, Ben and Jen have admitted purposely giving the media misinformation about their upcoming wedding.

Affleck, who has "revealed" three different wedding dates and venues, the latest being Oct. 5 on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, said: "It was deliberate."

He told Germany's Bunte magazine: "Can you imagine a life in which your every move is observed, recorded and shared with the rest of the world?"

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