Ben Affleck Can Speak Spanish with Ana de Armas: When and Where He Learned His Second Language

by Jeremy Spirogis
Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck and Ana De Armas are spending self-isolation collectively. They’ve been noticed out strolling the canine, however protecting a minimum of six toes away from others. De Armas is Cuban and received her begin on Spanish language collection in Spain. Now, she’s well-known for films like Knives Out, Blade Runner 2049 and the upcoming No Time to Die. Affleck might converse along with her in Spanish in the event that they select to.

Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas | BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

Before the stay-at-home orders drove speak reveals out of their studios, Affleck appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show selling his film The Way Back. He didn’t talk about de Armas particularly, however when he instructed Clarkson how he realized Spanish, it received us imagining their candy speak en espanol. The Kelly Clarkson Show launched the clip of their interview on April 15, 2020. The Way Back is now accessible for buy on digital VOD providers.

Ben Affleck realized Spanish in Mexico as a toddler actor

Ben Affleck has been performing since he was slightly child. One of his early gigs took him to Mexico the place he picked up Spanish.

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“I did this little kids TV series when I was young,” Affleck mentioned. “When I was 13, the season that year was in Mexico, so I was in Mexico for a year. That’s how I picked it up. When you’re younger, the older brain doesn’t hold onto information. I wouldn’t know myself but people tell me when you’re older that your memory goes.”

Ben Affleck speaks Spanish along with his daughter too

Affleck had youngsters along with his ex-wife Jennifer Garner. He mentioned his teenage daughter realized Spanish at school so in addition they converse it throughout the household.

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Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas | BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

“My daughter is 14 and she’s always been a very good student,” Affleck mentioned. “She’s been interested in Spanish so I would often help her. Now all of a sudden she’s gotten to the grade where she’s in the harder spanish classes and she’s getting better. She’s right at the point where I think she might be passing me.”

Ben Affleck plans to enhance his Spanish, so Ana De Armas will profit too

Affleck instructed Clarkson he solely speaks Spanish “passably.” His daughter is motivating him to get extra fluent, and absolutely relationship a Spanish speaker like de Armas will assist.

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Ben Affleck | Richard Foreman/Warner Bros. Entertainment

“I don’t mind that I can’t do your math homework when you’re 14 years old, but you’re not going to be better at Spanish than me,” Affleck mentioned. “I’ve decided now I got to take classes. I’ve got to do something to keep up because I can’t have my 14-year-old [telling me], ‘That sounds ridiculous. You’re not using the imperfect tense.’ I know two tenses: now, before, the future. [sic] That’s all you need.”

Ana de Armas speaks a special Spanish than Affleck anyway

Another frustration Affleck discovered is that Spanish is just not the identical throughout Spanish talking nations. He realized it in Mexico, so that’s mechanically completely different than de Armas’s Cuban or Spanish Spanish. 

“Also, the problem with Spanish is you learn all these words,” Affleck mentioned. “I learned a lot of words in Mexico, some good, some… you know. Then you go somewhere else like Spain or South America and they go, ‘No, that’s not Spanish.’ What are you talking about that’s not Spanish? ‘I’ve never heard that word before in my life.’ They say it in Mexico. ‘In Mexico they don’t speak real spanish.’”

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Affleck mentioned his Mexican Spanish has already gotten him in hassle.

“Then they’re like, ‘You have a Mexican accent.’ I was like I don’t think I have a Mexican accent. It’s sort of like the Southern accent here. Or you know, it’s a little more like in Australia, England and here.”

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