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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

How Jennifer Garner Killed Michael Vaughn: 3.17

In this post, I'll be going behind the scenes of everyone's favorite spy show, Alias. If you're one of those people who doesn't want to know the inside scoop on what's happening on the next season of the show, please don't read anything below the picture of Jennifer Garner. Which is to say, SPOILER ALERT!
Hi Jen.

I know you can't believe everything you read on the internets, and I don't blame you. With that in mind, this inside scoop is from the same source that fingered Rachel Nichols as the new go-to action gal on Alias. Since that rumor turned out to be true, I'm going to pass on what is highly speculative gossip at this point. That said, it's totally true.

First, some background. When Alias was in its infancy, and became an item. The ridiculously good-looking couple had chemistry to spare [and it shows on those first seasons of Alias] until Garner inexplicably dumped Vartan for Ben Affleck, whom she met on the set of Daredevil. Vartan, though, perhaps more inexplicably, maintained his affection for Garner, although his love now went unrequited. Want outside proof of that? Check out this interview Vartan did with People magazine. [via]

Take note of several interesting things. First, an ex who's 'very excited' about Garner being knocked up by is one of two things:
1) The most gracious man on the entire planet.
2) Still in love with her.
[or, I guess, both would be possible]

Next, why is Vartan even weighing in? Frankly, it's really none of his business. Of course, he wouldn't realize that if he was still in love with her. And finally, isn't the timing of this awfully coincidental if one considers that Vartan's last day on the set was in late August? [btw, this means Vaughn will be killed off in the first few episodes] If he can't be monitoring her activity personally, the best he can do is take his concerns public. The point is, Vartan's still in love with Garner. Why else would he be so excited about her pregnancy?

So on the set of Alias, we've got a hard-working, hormonal Jen with a still-lovestruck Vartan. Have you ever worked with an ex? It's not the funnest thing in the world, especially if you've moved on and they haven't. Of course, since you're not the star of your own tv show, you probably can't get them fired. Jen, on the other hand, is, and, apparently, can get people canned. All it took was a little conference with the writers, and boom, Michael Vaughn is dead.

At this point, even a campaign like this one stands little [read: no] chance of bringing him back. Of course on Alias, death isn't necessarily permanent. But since Mrs. Garner-Affleck is too uncomfortable to work with Vartan, he probably won't be rising from the grave like so many Alias characters have done.

The worst thing, though, is that they're killing off Vaughn just when he was getting really interesting. [after all, it was his 'My name isn't Michael Vaughn' line that redeemed the entire kinda-mediocre-to-that-point season for me] As a committed Alias fan, I'm pretty disappointed that Garner couldn't just suck it up for one more season. After all, odds are that she'll be leaving the show once this season [Alias's fifth] ends. While the anti-Garner hate mail will do little to dampen her still-rising star, it will tarnish both her America's Sweetheart Crown and her reputation for being a non-diva and someone who's easy to work with.

In conclusion, way to go, Jen. Looks like Ben's already bringing you down. I now like Michael Vartan more than I like you.

He's not the only one scratching his head over how Jen ended up with Affleck.


Anonymous Enrique said...

And people wonder why Matt Damon isn't seen much with Ben Affleck in public anymore... Ben Affleck: Career Killer.

1:01 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude. How much TV do you watch???

6:24 AM

Blogger Carl M. said...

man, don't remind me about RN...I understand the need to bring in new hot ass now that Jen is driving a mini-van...but canning real actors like David Anders, Mia Maestro, Melissa George, etc...and bringing in this?

I loved the first few seasons. Alias is dead to me.

(and yes, I know Vartan is no Ed Norton...even though he played Vaughn well, it was just Sam from "Never Been Kissed" in a nicer suit)

3:34 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, I get the exact opposite impression from MV's comments on I don't think he's in love with her at all, but that he's simply a very gracious man. And, since JG refuses to say jack; it seems to be left up to MV, which is sad.

Besides, I'm beyond convinced that MV was the one who ended things with her and JG isn't over it. All you have to do is look AT her behaviour. If she was so over the whole thing, why would she be 'bothered' by working with MV? Exes working together happens ALL THE TIME. Besides considering how little she seems to be working these days, one would think they could tell Vaughn's story.....

So, yeah... I'm convinced JG is the one with the problems, not MV.

11:41 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alias has been going down hill since two seasons ago when it refused to tie up loose ends and kept on bringing new things into the series. It's insulting, really, and now JG's personal life screws up the show even more. How disapointing, I can't wait for it to be cancelled.

11:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree. I actually liked her before i heard about this....
wtf getting the pretty much co star fired and going out with this boob career killer homo affleck just puts it over the top.
o btw Garner you can thank only yourself for your the ruining of your career.

I mean who the hell is gonna work with her now.

3:48 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with anonymous above regarding Michael Vartan's interview. Michael Vartan was berated for months regarding the split and he was always gracious and would not have a bad word to say about anyone. You know I was surprised when I heard that they were going out as I didn't think they were a good match. He is so nice and I thought J Garner is so plastic and has such a sour face. Further I heard him say that he and Garner had not been going out long enough to have an emotional tie. I was more upset when he broke up with his long time girlfriend whom he would have had an emotional tie.

1:52 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

honestly, i don't think that the relationship between the actors could have resulted in what happened to michael Vartan's character.if you don't remeber,they weren't a couple the entire fourth season, a year and a half, so why would she now all of a sudden decide that she feels uncomfortable working with Vartan? who knows what the circumstances were, however i don't think that the fact that she felt awkward around him would cause her to fire him.
I do, however, agree with those of you who are disappointed about her marriage to Ben Affleck... that was a move i did not expect from such a sweet person to do!

12:19 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You people who say jen is a mean person are just plain stupid. Have you been paying any attention at all? Sheis like the swetest person in the world, and she probably loves working with vartan. Sure maybe he isnt over her, but its ben affleck who cares, he is sooooo jealous over vaughn and syd's scenes

8:54 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

well i agree with the above comment, i think jen is a total sweetheart and its all ben affleck!!! he is just too jelous. but since the show is moving on and its getting kinda old, it will have 2 end soon so why could they have kept vartan on till the end? at least then viewers would have had the satisfaction of knowing that syd and vaughn were happy!!!! but now our darling syd is never going 2 get her happy ending....its such a sad way 2 end the yeah, loving seaosn 2, season 4 and up till vaughns least we see someone happy in such a dark show in those seasons...hating the script...never should have killed him. seriously, way 2 flush the ratings?????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!the show is nothing without the main characters love interest, and shes about to have a baby so a new one is not coming along any time soon...and if one does...I AM DETERMINED TO HATE HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5:12 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey yeah, totally agreeing, whats the show without the hottie! i mean who am i supposed to perve on- JACK????? (ew....) but seriously, nothing without vartan, with all syd's friends liek, dead, he was practically all she had left...seriously, now she live 4 her job and it sucks! she'll never be happy! so yeah, hating the storyline, hating the lack of vaughn (oh my god, its so sad! :'( ) and hating affleck, when it all comes down, he made it happen!!! and if syd finds another guy, yeah, totally agreeing I HATE HIM!!!!!!!! HE MUST DIE!!!!!!!!!!!! if she has 2 go on its better as a single mother who loves vaughn then with a new guy and just letting his memory go!!! (long live vaughn, forever in my heart)

5:18 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey ppl, i agree that michael vaughn is a total hottie and the show would suck without him...i just thought you might like to know that vaughn isn't really dead (joy to the world) he is in the first ep of season 5 which is the one in which he 'dies' and then another 3 throughout the season (not nearly enough to keep me happy but it's better than nothing) i think one time may be a dream or something syd has but right after syd gives birth to her and vaughns baby, a monk (i think she gives birth in a church) walks into another room and reports the birth to michael vaughn (hence the not really being dead). in the next ep vaughn is mention when sydney confides to her father how hard it was to lie to Will about Vaughn's 'death' and jack replies that the only way to keep him safe from those randoms who want him dead is if everyone thinks he is dead. the season finalle (which is also the series finale, last ep EVER) ends with syd and vaughn on a beach (who wants to guess santa barbara) and syd finally gets her happy ending with her family. but as it's the shows finalle, someone had to die and (don't read on if you don't want to know) it was Jack [ :( ] yes, jack is killed (by sloane i think) but he takes sloane with him (finally) and Irina is also killed (by Syd, trauatic much) and her lasts words are something about how she still loves her. so there won't be another season, there won't be a new boyfriend (yay! VAUGHN!) and syney bristow (or shall we say Sydney Vaughn) finally gets to have a normal life with her loving family (great way to end the show) Syd does get a happy ending after all...

9:37 PM

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9:41 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lordy! I'm sooooo late in the whole Bennifer2 saga, but I want to say that Michael Vartan is a fine, fine hottie who is beyond gracious with the break-up. He's way too good for Garner. Good for him for being so sweet. He doesn't need sour face garner and her big chin, or ego-inflated Affleck to bring him down.

I only watched alias because of Michael, and stop cold after they stupidly got him off the show. Ooooh, and when they brought him back, I was like screwed ABC! Too damn late!

By the way, I love Michael in the myth of fingerprints. Go Mike! :)

9:32 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ARGH after reading all the abouve comments I totally agree. Michael Vartan so deserves someone me!! He is such a sweetie and o-so-hot. I seriously dont understand how someone could go from being with MICHAEL VARTAN: career booster to BEN-UGLY-AFFLEK: mr i can kill anyones career in a week.
Argh but I seriously think that Jennifer Garner would have had some influence in Vaughns death and I think the only reason they brought him back was because of the fan outlash. Think about it, they killed Lauren because fans despised the wedge she brought to the Syd/Vaughn fluffyness, so they just killed her. Now JG can't seem to work with him so she has him killed but fans cry (including me) and ABC brings him back.


JJ should have controlled the show a lot more.

as for JG ...what is there to say? ...she used to be an idol!

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