Kevin Smith is still reeling after pal Ben Affleck's split from Jersey Girl co-star Jennifer Lopez, because he got caught right in the middle of it.

The pair ended their intensely high profile relationship in January (03), just weeks before Smith's film was released in America, and the fallout was so great it made cult movie maker Smith nostalgic about his days as a simple independent film maker.

Smith - whose first movie CLERKS cost just $27,000 (GBP15,000) to make - says, "I preferred making films like Clerks because I didn't have to deal with the fallout of Hollywood power relationships."

04/06/2004 13:33