Affleck told host
But the actor and filmmaker said he was won over by the "brilliant" vision of director
Once Affleck, 41, accepted the role, executives at
Affleck, who's certainly weathered his share of public criticism ("Gigli," anyone?) was sure he could handle whatever came next. "I'm a big boy," he said. "I'm very tough."
His bravado soon faded, however. Despite an admonition from the suits at Warner Bros. to stay away from the Internet in the days following the casting announcement, Affleck couldn't resist a peek. "I saw the announcement, I look down on the first comment. The first one just goes, 'Nooooooooo!' " he recalled.
That's when he decided, perhaps wisely, to heed the studio's advice. "We're going to be Luddites for a while, kids," he joked.