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That sinking feeling... Ben Affleck and his Deep Water costar Ana de Armas packed on the PDA during Dunkin’ runs and dog walks early in the pandemic, but their relationsh­ip fizzled — both off-screen and, it turns out, onscreen. On Dec. 13, reports surfaced that their erotic thriller would skip theaters entirely and head straight to streaming. A source tells Star the move came after test audiences thought Ben and the 33-year-old “had no chemistry together.”

Ben’s been here before. The 49-yearold has a history of flaming out when he shares the screen with his flames. 2003’s

Gigli, co-starring then- and current-love

Jennifer Lopez, is a legendary box-office bomb, earning just $7 million in theaters. And Daredevil, his 2003 Marvel entry with future wife Jennifer Garner, got a tepid response from critics.

The two-time Oscar winner just can’t seem to raise the temperatur­e when he tries to steam up the screen. “Ben has had a lot of success in a lot of movies, but he’s never been able to make it as romantic leading man” says the source. “It’s crushing and an ego-blow.” Well, at least he and his ex won’t have any awkward run-ins on the red carpet! ★

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