Many people were surprised (and some aghast) when Ben Affleck revealed a huge and somewhat ridiculous tattoo of a phoenix that covered his entire back in 2015.

Even his then-wife at the time, actress Jennifer Garner, said: "You know what we would say in my hometown about that? ‘Bless his heart.' A phoenix rising from the ashes. Am I the ashes in this scenario? I take umbrage. I refuse to be the ashes.”

The actor later came out and said it was fake and 'for a movie', but recent pictures of the actor on a beach show him still sporting the ink over two years on... so either it's real, or he's redone it for a sequel?

If it's real, get this man booked in for the next series of Tattoo Fixers.

See the pics (and the reaction) below: