Meet Ben Affleck, movie sex guru. Mr. J. Lo ponders two comedies that would have him mastering modern courtship rituals

By Gary Susman
Updated June 18, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
Credit: Ben Affleck: Jerzy Dabrowski/ZUMA Press/NewsCom

Clearly, men could learn a lot from Ben Affleck on how to court a woman. (Step 1: Buy a big ad in Variety praising her talent and professionalism. Step 2: Wear a red leather bodysuit.) Now, Mr. J. Lo may use that knowledge to help others in a pair of movie comedies he’s considering, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

He’s attached to star in ”Sex Talk” for New Line, in which he’d play a sportswriter who, according to the Reporter, ”finds popularity by applying sports terminology and strategy to solve the problems people have with their sex lives.” (Well, for starters, it helps to have slow-motion replay and the John Madden chalkboard to figure out what you did wrong.)

When he’s done helping couples get past first base, Affleck may learn even more dating lessons — cautionary ones, this time — in Disney’s ”Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.” He’s in talks to star as a bachelor who attends his brother’s wedding, where, sorta like Scrooge, he’s haunted by apparitions of the women he once wooed. No word on whether Disney will also cast Gwyneth Paltrow.