The exact moment Ben Affleck ‘realized he loved’ Tom Brady

Ben Affleck’s love for Tom Brady knows no bounds.

Appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Tuesday, the 47-year-old actor passionately spoke about the Patriots quarterback, revealing they first exchanged pleasantries when Brady was a rookie leading the Patriots to their first Super Bowl title.

“I met Tom, not to brag, the year that he replaced Drew Bledsoe, and I was actually at this random — this is when I thought things like this were fun — the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and I went to a party, and I saw him, and they had just won the Super Bowl [in 2002], whatever and he was like 22 and I was 27, so I was older than him, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, man, so great to meet you, like you’re the king of Boston,’ and he goes, ‘No way, you’re the king of Boston,’” Affleck said.

He continued in a high-pitch squeal, “The king thinks I’m the king,” before dialing it down an octave, “I realized then that I loved him.”

Affleck, who also said “there’s not a lot I wouldn’t do for Tommy,” is now displaying his admiration for Brady and the Patriots with a shrine in 8-year-old son Samuel’s bedroom, which includes a Brady painting on one wall.

“I would have done a remodel if I knew what team to put out there, but I’m hoping to stick with the one we’ve got,” he said, noting Brady’s impending future as a free agent.

Last month, Affleck revealed he wasn’t sure where Brady’s next destination would be.

“Me and Matt [Damon] texted him and said, ‘What’s the deal? You going or you staying?’” Affleck recalled on ESPN’s “Get Up,” adding Brady only replied with the shrug emoji.

With the 49ers now rumored be in the mix for Brady services, Affleck made it clear the quarterback’s possible departure from New England “would be sad.”

“It’d be the end of an era,” Affleck said earlier this week on “Tiki & Tierney,” via CBS Sports.

“Watching the Patriots, led by Tom Brady, it’s inspired me personally and I know so many people. Sports means a lot to people. They project a lot on to it. It gets people very emotional, and people really invest. I love Tom Brady as a Patriot, but he’s also a great guy and a great athlete and I’d root for him if he played somewhere else.”

The Patriots are still the apparent favorites to retain Brady, but potential suitors are lining up for March 18 when the NFL’s free agency officially begins.

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