"It did, not so much positive," Affleck responded. DeGeneres followed up, calling it "a commitment".
As the "Gone Girl" actor started to explain, Ellen said that it was "rising from your a--."
"It's a phoenix, rising from my a**," Affleck acknowledged. "I was about to say it represents something really important to me, but maybe, just, we'll skip that.
"It's meaningful to me, I like it. It's something that I sort of kept private. It wasn't like I was sort of doing photo shoots or whatever. We didn't know the paparazzi was there so they got a picture of my tattoo and yeah the sentiment ran against," he said.
But despite criticism, the "Argo" star stood by the tattoo, adding: "I love my tattoo. I'm very happy with it."
In a March 2016 interview, Affleck had said the phoenix was "fake for a movie", but two years later when it was still there, another publication issued an article criticising the tattoo.
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