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Affleck Cracks Jokes About ‘Gigli’

August 13, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) _ Despite the debacle that was ``Gigli,″ Ben Affleck is out promoting another movie: ``The Battle of Shaker Heights,″ his latest ``Project Greenlight″ production with partner Matt Damon.

During Monday night’s premiere of the film, Affleck looked out at the crowd of a few hundred people and joked, ``I see every person in the United States who saw ‘Gigli’ is here tonight,″ according to Wednesday’s USA Today.

The actor also read some of his favorite lines from the scathing reviews he and fiancee Jennifer Lopez received for ``Gigli″ during an appearance on ``The Tonight Show With Jay Leno″ on Monday night.

The gangster comedy, which cost about $54 million to make, earned a paltry $5.6 million in its first 10 days. But with a budget of just under $2 million, ``The Battle of Shaker Heights″ comes with a much lower profile _ and lower expectations.

``The onus is not on us to go out and make a ton of money,″ Affleck, who turns 31 Friday, told reporters recently. ``If this movie does what ‘Gigli’ did in its first weekend, it’s a hit for us, you know what I mean? Whereas that was a disaster for the other movie.″

``The Battle of Shaker Heights,″ starring Shia LaBeouf and Amy Smart, opens Aug. 22 in New York and Los Angeles and expands to other cities in the following weeks.

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