Christopher Lloyd gushes over co-star Ben Affleck

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At least Ben Affleck has co-star Christopher Lloyd in his corner.

The veteran character actor, 83, who stars as Affleck’s father in “The Tender Bar,” tells Page Six that he doesn’t really take notice of Affleck’s much-publicized, PDA-fueled romance with Jennifer Lopez, which has recently included comments about his failed marriage to Jennifer Garner.

“I’m not that into his private life,” he confesses.

“I mean, I’m aware of what it is and all that but he’s a wonderful actor. He does it with such ease … I mean, he’s got a difficult role. There’s a lot to portray and he just does it. You know, every little moment comes out.”

The movie, a coming-of-age drama directed by George Clooney, is an adaptation of the critically acclaimed 2005 memoir of the same name by J.R. Moehringer, recounting the author’s childhood growing up in Long Island. Affleck plays the young boy’s uncle; Lloyd his cantankerous grandfather.

Ben Affleck and Lily Rabe play siblings in "The Tender Bar."
Lloyd joked “I know the crotchety” on playing his character in “The Tender Bar.”
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The “Taxi” star also had high words of praise for Clooney as a director.

“He has such a nice touch of feel for the material, for the writing and how to tell it on screen, how to make it come alive on screen,” he explained. “He’s just got that knack. He does it with such ease.”

Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox in "Back to the Future."
Lloyd played an eccentric inventor in “Back to the Future.”
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The Connecticut-born actor, who is of course best known for his role as the lovable Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown in the “Back to the Future” trilogy, sounds a little bemused by the movies’ longevity.

“It just keeps rolling along,” he notes. “Parents who grew up with that film now want to get their kids to see the film, so it’s multi-generational.”

A scene from "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
Lloyd (seated far right) and Danny DeVito (second from left) both made their big-screen debut in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

Expounding on its appeal, Lloyd surmised: “Everybody is intrigued by time travel, right? Everybody has a family. They can relate to Marty [Michael J. Fox] and romance and his having a dad who’s kind of an embarrassment, so it’s a very human group of characters.”

The “Addams Family” star has appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows over the years and was lucky enough to make his screen debut in a classic — the 1975 film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” starring Jack Nicholson.

Christopher Lloyd in "Taxi."
Lloyd won two Emmys for his role as Jim Ignatowski in “Taxi.”
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“I knew this was a serious production,” he said. “I’d been a fan of Jack Nicholson’s for years before ‘Cuckoo’s Nest.’ And the rest of the cast was great. We were mostly a young group of actors. But yeah, I knew I was going to do it.”

The Tender Bar” is in theaters on December 17 and Amazon Prime Video on January 7, 2022.

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