Ben Affleck has come to the protection of his controversial again tattoo.

The actor and director advised Ellen the colourful phoenix “represents one thing actually vital” to him on Thursday’s episode of her present.

“There was a photograph of your again tattoo that acquired a variety of consideration,” the comic mentioned after she and Affleck mentioned his new movie “Triple Frontier.”

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“It did, not a lot optimistic,” Affleck responded, with a half-laugh. Ellen adopted up, calling it “a dedication.”

Because the “Gone Lady” actor began to clarify, Ellen interjected that it was “rising out of your a–.”

“It’s a phoenix, rising from my a–,” Affleck acknowledged. “I used to be about to say it represents one thing actually vital to me, however perhaps, simply, we’ll skip that.”

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“It is significant to me, I prefer it. It’s one thing that I type of saved personal. It wasn’t like I used to be type of doing picture shoots or no matter,” he continued. “We did not know the paparazzi was there so that they acquired an image of my tattoo and yeah the sentiment ran in opposition to.”

However regardless of criticism, the “Argo” star stood by the ink, including: “I really like my tattoo. I am very proud of it.”

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In a March 2016 interview with Additional TV, Affleck had mentioned the phoenix was “faux for a film,” however two years later when it was nonetheless there, The New Yorker printed an article criticizing the tattoo.

On the time, he tweeted in response to the article, titled “The Nice Disappointment of Ben Affleck,” saying: “@NewYorker I’m doing simply superb. Thick pores and skin bolstered by garish tattoos.”

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