the freedom to create an artwork, musical work, or piece of writing based on the artist's interpretation and mainly for effect; also called poetic license , etc.
Artistic license often provokes controversy by offending those who resent the reinterpretation of cherished beliefs or previous works.
Affleck is certainly entitled to his viewpoint and artistic license.
There is some artistic license taken: During his Masonic ceremony, the villain drinks out of a cup fashioned from a human skull.
By a striking exercise of artistic license the sticks were ponies, cows, and dogs, and the pebbles were sheep.