Ben Affleck has revealed how Kylo Ren and Adam Driver came to the rescue and saved his son’s birthday party.
With all the vitriol and negativity disseminated online by older Star Wars fans, it’s easy to forget how much the series is loved, especially by kids. This was demonstrated by Ben Affleck’s charming story about his son’s love for Star Wars and, in particular, Kylo Ren.
Speaking to Jimmy Kimmel, Affleck started by explaining how his son isn’t impressed with his own movie career, only with Star Wars:
“My son knows that I do movies that are kind of fake and his mom does movies and it’s all pretend, but he also knows that Star Wars is real. He knows there’s guys out there fighting the Emperor and that job needs to get done and I can do my fake bullshit so people can do an important job. So I told him, ‘I’m actually in this movie [The Last Duel] with Kylo Ren,’ and his mind opened in two. ‘But dad, but how?! How do you know Kylo?! Are you going to space?! Will he have his lightsaber?! Good Kylo Ren?!’ And I said, ‘Yes, good Kylo Ren, not the bad Kylo Ren.’ So I told Adam that and he was a sweetheart and I said, ‘Will you tape a birthday video to my son?’ and he did, it was very kind. And I was just thrilled.”
While this was a big win for Affleck and his son, Driver would ultimately come to the rescue when a mishap regarding the boy’s birthday presents occurred:
“I get to my house and I see the look on the face of the guy who works with me and I said, ‘Where are the presents?’ and he said, ‘They didn’t get here.’ So I had to show up to my son’s party with no gift for him. It was the sinking, awful feeling. Then he goes, ‘But, there is something. Adam heard you say it was your son’s birthday and so he called your assistant and got your address and sent some presents and signed a card and a picture from Kylo Ren.’
“I took those presents to that surprise party and saw my son and watched him open all his other presents and I said, ‘Since my presents didn’t get here on time, I did get a present from somebody who really wanted to make sure you had a gift.’ And he was like, ‘Who?’ and I said, ‘Kylo Ren.’ I opened the presents, I played him the video of Kylo Ren and it was like … it was an incredibly moving, powerful moment. Adam made me a hero to my kid and I will never, ever, ever forget. It meant the fucking world to me,” Affleck concluded.
It’s a pretty cool story and great to see the love Affleck’s son has for the character. Of course, not everyone can call on Adam Driver to save the day. There have to be some perks of being a former Batman, however.