Evan Rachel Wood has taken offence to a comment made by Ben Affleck in 1997 in which he claimed kissing a man was an acting challenge for him. The Across The Universe actress took to Twitter to slam Affleck and tell him to "grow up".
"Try getting raped in a scene. Also, grow up Ben," she wrote. "Also, you think us ladies like kissing all the guys we kiss? Just cause it's a 'straight kiss' doesn't mean we enjoy it. Ahem."
Her censure was in response to recent remarks made by Chasing Amy director Kevin Smith following a screening of the 1997 indie hit at Outfest. During a Q&A session, Smith revealed that in the film male actors Affleck and Jason Lee were uncomfortable about their on-screen gay kiss. They did, however, go through with it but according to the Mallrats director Affleck described the scene as "a man kissing another man is the greatest acting challenge an actor can ever face".
Once the scene was filmed he reportedly claimed he felt like a "serious actor".
However, his remarks were made two decades ago and we are sure the actor has grown up since then. The same was pointed out to Wood but she was not satisfied. "I'm sure he just thought it was a funny, but even jokes like that are damaging," she wrote in response to a fan's comment.
The 29-year-old herself has had to deal with some pretty intense scenes, many of which were for the HBO show Westworld. The drama's premiere itself indicated that her character Delores was raped by The Man in Black (Ed Harris) and earned criticism.
At the time, Wood explained that the show did not show any violence against women and only implied it. "It's a genuine concern that violence against women would be used in a gratuitous manner, to be titillating, for shock value or just for the sake of being there, but I think in regards to Westworld, we're using it as a comment on those very things," Wood told the Daily News.
I think the reason why it's in the show is to push us to take a look at ourselves and humanity and why this sort of thing is an epidemic that people get pleasure out of," she added. "We're examining the horrors behind it."