Ben Affleck shocked fans when a video of him speaking fluent Spanish went viral this week. While promoting his new movie Air, Affleck showcased the ease of his Spanish conversation skills in an interview with a Spain-based radio network. After posting the interview on their TikTok account, fans flooded the comments with jokes and their shock.
One person commented, “This is our new Benito, huh?” Another person added, “The switch from Ben to Benito” with laughing face emojis. Someone wrote of his resting bitch face, “Why is he so much more attractive when speaking Spanish? He even looks happier.” Meanwhile, another joked, “But damn he speaks better than J Lo.” Complementing the actor, one person said, “When he speaks Spanish, he also immersed himself in the culture. You can see it in the jokes, [choice] of words mannerisms.”
Speaking Spanish Isn’t New To Ben
In 2020, he said on The Kelly Clarkson Show that he speaks Spanish “passively” and learned the language as a teen actor working in Mexico in the ’80s. Referencing the PBS series The Second Voyage of the Mimi, the educational show focused on a fictional crew of a sailboat who explored Mayan ruins in southern Mexico. At just 12 years old, this marked the actor’s TV debut and from it, he learned another language.
“I did a little kids TV series when I was young, and when I was 13, that season, that year was in Mexico,” Ben told host Kelly Clarkson. “And so I was in Mexico for a year, and that’s how I picked it up.”
Affleck is aware of his accent and told Clarkson, “The problem with Spanish is that you learn a bunch of words. Like, I learn all these words, in Mexico, some good, some ya know. And then you go somewhere else. Like you go to Spain or you go to South America and they’re like, ‘No, that’s not Spanish.’ And then they’re like, you have a Mexican accent.”