02/27/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Newsweek Responds To Ben Affleck: "It's Like Blaming Gigli For Hollywood's Problems"

Ben Affleck, like most Hollywood stars, thinks that magazine covers really matter. Last week, he was criticizing the TARP bill to a reporter for Politico and said that "Newsweek, I feel like, is basically culpable for the first [$350 billion]," referring to the weekly's "King Henry" cover about Henry Paulson, which he called a "hagiography" as well as "presumptuous." "I was surprised," says the story's author, Daniel Gross, who is, he noted, a fan of Good Will Hunting. "... "It's like blaming Gigli for Hollywood's problems with DVD residuals."

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