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 essential” to him on Thursday’s episode of her present.

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

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BEN AFFLECK JOKES ABOUT HIS ‘GARISH’ BACK TATTOO OF A PHOENIX

“It did, not a lot constructive,” 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 essential to me, however possibly, 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 photograph shoots or no matter,” he continued. “We did not know the paparazzi was there in order that they obtained an image of my tattoo and yeah the sentiment ran towards.”

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

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In a March 2016 interview with Further TV, Affleck had stated the phoenix was “pretend 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 Unhappiness of Ben Affleck,” saying: “@NewYorker I’m doing simply fantastic. Thick pores and skin bolstered by garish tattoos.”

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