Ben Affleck might "love" Kristen Stewart, but he is too busy to do a movie with her right now.
Last month, Stewart confirmed she and Affleck were slated to star in "Focus," a sexy comedy about a novice con artist who hooks up with a seasoned expert. Days later, Affleck dropped out.
"Basically I'm doing this movie called 'Live By Night' and I'm trying to meet this schedule... so that I can have it released at the right time," he told MTV News. "And basically I haven't gotten enough writing done; it became clear that if I took that job — it was in Buenos Aires for three months — I'd have to miss the deadline. I had to choose between getting the movie out when I wanted to or doing that movie."
Affleck went on to add, "Reluctantly I chose the latter but I love those guys, I love Kristen. I was really excited to work with her. I think the movie is going to be fabulous. I'm sure they'll find a great guy for it."
Dropping out of the flick might have saved Affleck from some nasty manufactured gossip.
In November, In Touch magazine was already touting a possible Stewart-Affleck affair with a headline claiming a "sizzling" love scene in "Focus" could be reason for Affleck's wife, Jennifer Garner, to worry. GossipCop quashed the report as completely false.
The 40-year-old actor also received a surprise on Thursday, when the 2013 Academy Awards nominees were announced. The "Argo" actor and director was thought by some to be a shoo-in for a Best Director nomination, but Affleck was snubbed an Oscar nod in that category. "Argo," however, picked up several other nominations, including one for Best Picture.