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Affleck has been actively involved in politics and charitable causes. He and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Damon Matt Damon] also founded the production company [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LivePlanet LivePlanet].
 
Affleck has been actively involved in politics and charitable causes. He and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Damon Matt Damon] also founded the production company [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LivePlanet LivePlanet].
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==Contents==
 
[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck# hide]] *[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#Early_life 1 Early life]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#Career 2 Career]
 
**[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#Early_work 2.1 Early work]
 
**[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#Box_office_ups_and_downs 2.2 Box office ups and downs]
 
**[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#2006-2009 2.3 2006-2009]
 
**[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#2009-present 2.4 2009-present]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#Activities 3 Activities]
 
**[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#Charitable_and_humanitarian_projects 3.1 Charitable and humanitarian projects]
 
**[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#Political_activism 3.2 Political activism]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#Personal_life 4 Personal life]
 
**[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#Family_and_relationships 4.1 Family and relationships]
 
**[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#Quitting_alcohol_and_smoking 4.2 Quitting alcohol and smoking]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#Filmography 5 Filmography]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#References 6 References]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#Further_reading 7 Further reading]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#External_links 8 External links]
 
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==[[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ben_Affleck&action=edit&section=1&editintro=Template:BLP_editintro edit]] Early life==
 
Affleck was born in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkeley,_California Berkeley, California]. His mother, Christine Anne "Chris" (''née'' Boldt),<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-4">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-4 [5]]</sup> is a school district employee and teacher, and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, has been, at various times, a drug counselor, social worker, janitor, auto mechanic, bartender, writer, director, and was a former actor with the Theater Company of Boston.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-5">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-5 [6]]</sup><sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-6">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-6 [7]]</sup> Affleck's mother graduated from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvard_University Harvard University] and was a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_riders freedom rider] in the 1960s;<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-tca_7-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-tca-7 [8]]</sup> she teaches in Cambridge Public Schools. His younger brother is actor [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casey_Affleck Casey Affleck].<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-People_-_Bio_8-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-People_-_Bio-8 [9]]</sup> Affleck has [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_American Irish], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_American Scottish], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_American English], and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_American German] ancestry (the surname "Affleck" is Scottish).<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-tca_7-1">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-tca-7 [8]]</sup><sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-9">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-9 [10]]</sup> He was raised in a mostly [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Episcopal_Church_(United_States) Episcopal] family.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-dyny_10-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-dyny-10 [11]]</sup> His family moved to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridge,_Massachusetts Cambridge, Massachusetts], when he was very young and his parents divorced in 1984. At age eight, Affleck met 10-year-old [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Damon Matt Damon], who lived two blocks away (Damon is Affleck's tenth cousin, once removed, through a common [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_England New England] ancestor).<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-newengland_11-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-newengland-11 [12]]</sup><sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-People_-_Bio_8-1">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-People_-_Bio-8 [9]]</sup><sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-Hello_-_Bio_12-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-Hello_-_Bio-12 [13]]</sup> The two would later attend [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridge_Rindge_and_Latin_School Cambridge Rindge and Latin School] together, although they were in different grades.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-People_-_Bio_8-2">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-People_-_Bio-8 [9]]</sup><sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-Hello_-_Bio_12-1">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-Hello_-_Bio-12 [13]]</sup> Affleck attended [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occidental_College Occidental College] in Los Angeles, as well as the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Vermont University of Vermont], and majored in Middle Eastern affairs.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-People_-_Bio_8-3">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-People_-_Bio-8 [9]]</sup><sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-13">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-13 [14]]</sup>
 
==[[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ben_Affleck&action=edit&section=2&editintro=Template:BLP_editintro edit]] Career==
 
===[[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ben_Affleck&action=edit&section=3&editintro=Template:BLP_editintro edit]] Early work===
 
Affleck worked as a child actor, appearing on the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Broadcasting_Service PBS] kids' series ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Voyage_of_the_Mimi The Voyage of the Mimi]'', as well as in several movies made for television.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-Hello_-_Bio_12-2">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-Hello_-_Bio-12 [13]]</sup> Throughout the 1990s, he had roles in ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lifestories:_Families_in_Crisis Lifestories: Families in Crisis]'', as a steroid-abusing athlete, as well as in several films, including 1992's ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_Ties School Ties]'' (with Damon), the original ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffy_the_Vampire_Slayer_(film) Buffy the Vampire Slayer]'' movie (uncredited),<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-14">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-14 [15]]</sup><sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-Hello_-_filmography_15-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-Hello_-_filmography-15 [16]]</sup> 1993's ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dazed_and_Confused Dazed and Confused]'', 1995's ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallrats Mallrats]'', and 1997's ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chasing_Amy Chasing Amy]''.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-Hello_-_filmography_15-1">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-Hello_-_filmography-15 [16]]</sup> ''Mallrats'' and ''Amy'' marked the beginning of his collaboration with writer/director [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Smith Kevin Smith]. He had the starring role in Smith's ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jersey_Girl_(2004_film) Jersey Girl]'' and has appeared in every [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/View_Askewniverse View Askewniverse]-Jersey film Smith has made to date, with the exception of ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clerks Clerks]''.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-Hello_-_filmography_15-2">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-Hello_-_filmography-15 [16]]</sup>
 
===[[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ben_Affleck&action=edit&section=4&editintro=Template:BLP_editintro edit]] Box office ups and downs===
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Benafflecknavy1.jpg][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Benafflecknavy1.jpg]Affleck visiting the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Enterprise_(CVN-65) USS ''Enterprise'' (CVN-65)] in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manama,_Bahrain Manama, Bahrain] in December 2003Affleck came to national attention working with Damon in ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Will_Hunting Good Will Hunting]'' in 1997,<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-Hello_-_filmography_15-3">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-Hello_-_filmography-15 [16]]</sup> for which they shared writing credit and received the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Awards Oscar] for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Award_for_Writing_Original_Screenplay Best Original Screenplay].<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-People_-_Bio_8-4">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-People_-_Bio-8 [9]]</sup> They also both starred in the film. The success of Good Will Hunting transformed Affleck from virtual unknown to being one of the world's best known celebrities. Along with Damon and producers [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Moore_(film_producer) Chris Moore] and Sean Bailey, Affleck founded the production company [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LivePlanet LivePlanet], through which the four created the documentary series ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Greenlight Project Greenlight]'', as well as the failed mystery-hybrid series ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Push,_Nevada Push, Nevada]'', among other projects. <sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-16">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-16 [17]]</sup> ''Project Greenlight'' was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program in 2002, 2004 and 2005.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-17">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-17 [18]]</sup><sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-18">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-18 [19]]</sup>
 
   
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==Early life==
Following ''Good Will Hunting'', Affleck starred in ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armageddon_(1998_film) Armageddon]'' (1998) as A. J. Frost, opposite [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Willis Bruce Willis].<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-19">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-19 [20]]</sup> The film generated mixed to negative critical reviews,<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-20">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-20 [21]]</sup> but was a box office success, earning $553 million worldwide.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-earnings_21-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-earnings-21 [22]]</sup> In 1999, he co-starred with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandra_Bullock Sandra Bullock] in the romantic comedy ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forces_of_Nature Forces of Nature]''.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-22">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-22 [23]]</sup> In 2001, Affleck collaborated with ''Armageddon'' director [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Bay Michael Bay] in the war film ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_Harbor_(film) Pearl Harbor]''. The film opened to a mixed to negative reception,<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-23">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-23 [24]]</sup><sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-24">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-24 [25]]</sup> but was a box office success, earning $449 million worldwide.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-25">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-25 [26]]</sup>
 
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Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in [[Berkeley, California]].<ref name=fullname>{{cite web|url=http://www.glamour.com/entertainment/blogs/obsessed/2015/02/shonda-rhimes-scandal-quotes|title=You Won't Believe Shonda Rhime's Method for Knowing Whether a Story Works|first=Jessica|last=Radloff|publisher=Glamour|date=February 15, 2015|accessdate=March 27, 2015 | archivedate=May 2, 2015| archiveurl= https://web.archive.org/web/20150502102530/http://www.glamour.com/entertainment/blogs/obsessed/2015/02/shonda-rhimes-scandal-quotes | deadurl=no}}</ref><ref>He is listed as "Benjamin G. Affleckbold"; born on August 15, 1972 in [[Alameda County]] according to the [[State of California]]. ''California Birth Index, 1905–1995''. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California.</ref>
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His family moved to Massachusetts when he was two;<ref name="viewaskew1">[http://viewaskew.com/chasingamy/benview.html Cinezine – Frank Discussions With Ben Affleck]. Viewaskew.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> living in [[Falmouth, Massachusetts|Falmouth]], where his brother [[Casey Affleck|Casey]] was born, before settling in [[Central Square, Cambridge]].<ref name="Morris full">{{cite news|url=http://www.boston.com/yourtown/boston/northend/articles/2010/09/15/with_new_film_affleck_ties_boston_knot_tighter/?page=full |title=With new film, Affleck ties Boston knot tighter – The Boston Globe |publisher=Boston.com |date=September 15, 2010 |accessdate=June 29, 2014 |first=Wesley |last=Morris}}</ref> His mother, <!--- spelling is correct, it is "Christopher", not "Christine" --->Christopher<!--- spelling is correct, it is "Christopher", not "Christine" ---> Anne "Chris" (née Boldt),<ref>[http://harvardmagazine.com/2010/03/tidbits-one-ringtailed A reunion report, and a ringtail cat | Harvard Magazine Mar–Apr 2010]. Harvardmagazine.com (September 25, 2013). Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> was a [[Radcliffe College]]- and [[Harvard University|Harvard]]-educated elementary school teacher.<ref name="auto">{{cite news|url=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ben-affleck-thr-cover-argo-oscar-377611?page=3 |title=THR Cover: Confessions of Ben Affleck |publisher=The Hollywood Reporter |date=November 17, 2011 |accessdate=January 17, 2013 |first=Stephen |last=Galloway}}</ref><ref name=tca>[http://www.breakthroughgreaterboston.org/christopher-anne-affleck.htm Christopher Anne Affleck – Events – 20th Anniversary Luminaries]. Breakthroughgreaterboston.org (April 25, 2014). Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> His father, Timothy Byers Affleck,<ref name="nytimes2000">[https://www.nytimes.com/2000/09/10/movies/film-ben-affleck-shocker-i-bargained-with-devil-for-fame.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm FILM; Ben Affleck Shocker: I Bargained With Devil for Fame – New York Times]. Nytimes.com (September 10, 2000). Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> worked sporadically as an auto mechanic,<ref name="viewaskew1"/> a carpenter,<ref name="highbeam1">[http://business.highbeam.com/137462/article-1G1-57790090/playboy-interview-ben-affleck-candid-conversation-hot PLAYBOY INTERVIEW: BEN AFFLECK -.a candid conversation with the hot young star about why women love actors, the perils of viagra, the truth about gwyneth and what he really thinks about matt damon.(Interview) | HighBeam Business: Arrive Prepared]. Business.highbeam.com (December 1, 1999). Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> a [[bookmaker|bookie]],<ref name="kinja1">{{cite web|url=http://playboysfw.kinja.com/ben-affleck-on-argo-his-distaste-for-politics-and-the-1508624335|title=Ben Affleck on Argo, His Distaste For Politics and the Batman Backlash|first=Michael|last=Flemming|publisher=Playboy|accessdate=June 5, 2014|date=January 27, 2014}}</ref> an electrician,<ref name="washingtonpost1">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30687-2002May29_3.html The 'Sum' and The Substance]. washingtonpost.com (May 30, 2002). Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> a bartender,<ref name="bostonmagazine2006">Atkinson, Kim. (May 15, 2006) [http://www.bostonmagazine.com/2006/05/the-other-affleck/ The Other Affleck]. Boston Magazine. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> and a janitor at Harvard University.<ref>[http://tomshone.blogspot.ie/2011/01/how-good-will-hunting-got-its-ending.html THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS: Malick gave Good Will Hunting its ending]. Tomshone.blogspot.ie (January 5, 2011). Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> In the mid-1960s, he had been an actor and stage manager with the [[Theater Company of Boston]].<ref>[http://www.actorsequity.org/Newsmedia/news2012/jan17.DavidWheeler.asp DAVID WHEELER, Father Of The Boston Theatre Scene | Actors' Equity Association]. Actorsequity.org (January 27, 2012). Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> During Affleck's childhood, his father had a self-described "severe, chronic problem with alcoholism"<ref name="people1">Schneider, Karen S.. (February 21, 2000) [http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20130541,00.html Good Time Hunting – Personal Success, Ben Affleck]. People.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> and Affleck has recalled him drinking "all day, every day."<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmOmqy6tEC0|title=Ben Affleck on Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012|first=|last=ABC News|date=December 13, 2012|publisher=|via=YouTube}}</ref> His parents divorced when he was 12,<ref name="people1"/> and he and his younger brother lived with their mother.<ref name="nytimes2000"/> When Affleck was 16, his father moved to [[Indio, California]] to enter a rehabilitation facility and, after gaining sobriety, worked as an addiction counselor at the facility for many years.<ref>McGinty, Kate. (January 5, 2013) [https://web.archive.org/web/20140527215548/http://blogs.mydesert.com/2013/01/05/palm-springs-film-festival-ben-affleck-spit-on-me/ Palm Springs film festival: Ben Affleck spit on me | MyDesert.com Blogs]. Blogs.mydesert.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref><ref name="auto"/>
   
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Affleck was raised in a politically active, liberal household.<ref name="kinja1"/><ref name="salon.com">{{cite web |url=http://www.salon.com/2000/11/08/reacts_ny/ |title=Ben Affleck: "I hope Nader can still sleep" |publisher=Salon.com |first=Amy |last=Reiter |date=November 8, 2000 |accessdate=August 27, 2014}}</ref> He and his brother were surrounded by people who worked in the arts,<ref>Ben Affleck on stardom, settling down, and working with best buddy Matt Damon By Sheryl Berk for Biography Magazine (July 2002)</ref> were regularly taken to the theater by their mother,<ref>[http://collider.com/casey-affleck-aint-them-bodies-saints-interview/ Casey Affleck Talks AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS, His Brother, I'M STILL HERE, and More]. Collider.com (November 20, 2013). Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> and were encouraged to make their own home movies.<ref>[http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/12/02/casey-affleck-star-of-out-of-the-furnace-on-his-hollywood-struggles.html Casey Affleck, Star of ‘Out of the Furnace,’ on His Hollywood Struggles]. The Daily Beast. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> The brothers auditioned for roles in local commercials and film productions because of their mother's friendship with a Cambridge-area casting director,<ref name="bostonmagazine2006"/> and Affleck first acted professionally at the age of seven.<ref name="people2">Miller, Samantha. (December 2, 2002) [http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20138633,00.html Sexiest Man Alive...Ben Affleck – Sexiest Man Alive, Ben Affleck]. People.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> His mother saved his wages in a college trust fund<ref name="nytimes2000"/> and hoped her son would ultimately become a teacher, worrying that acting was an insecure and "frivolous" profession.<ref name="articles.latimes.com">{{cite news|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1999/mar/07/entertainment/ca-14633/3|title=Opportunity Knocked at Every Turn|first=Amy|last=Wallace|publisher=LA Times|date=March 7, 1999|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> [[David Wheeler (stage director)|David Wheeler]], a family friend, was Affleck's acting coach and later described him as a "very bright and intensely curious" child.<ref name="people2"/> When Affleck was 13, he filmed a children's television program in Mexico and learned to speak Spanish during a year spent traveling around the country with his mother and brother.<ref>[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/3673779/Casey-Afflecks-time-to-shine.html Casey Affleck's time to shine]. Telegraph. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref>
In 2002, he was cast as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Ryan_(Tom_Clancy) Jack Ryan], a role previously playe by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alec_Baldwin Alec Baldwin] and then [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_Ford Harrison Ford], in the fourth film in the Techno-thriller series, ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sum_of_All_Fears_(film) The Sum of All Fears]''. The movie, which ignored the events of the previous Jack Ryan films, also starred [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgan_Freeman Morgan Freeman]. ''The Sum of All Fears'' is based on the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sum_of_All_Fears book of the same name] by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Clancy Tom Clancy].<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-lasalle_26-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-lasalle-26 [27]]</sup> Ann Hornaday of ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Washington_Post The Washington Post]'' wrote, Affleck and Freeman "create a believable chemistry".<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-27">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-27 [28]]</sup> In the same year, Affleck starred opposite [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_L._Jackson Samuel L. Jackson] in the popular thriller ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Changing_Lanes Changing Lanes]''.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-28">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-28 [29]]</sup>
 
   
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As a [[Cambridge Rindge and Latin School|Cambridge Rindge and Latin]] high school student, Affleck acted in theater productions and was inspired by drama teacher Gerry Speca.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/16/AR2007101602302_2.html?sid=ST2007101802628 Bond of Brothers]. Washingtonpost.com (October 16, 2007). Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref><ref name="cbsnews1">[http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ben-affleck-insecurity-fear-good-motivators/ Ben Affleck: Insecurity, Fear Good Motivators]. CBS News (September 12, 2010). Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> He became close friends with [[Matt Damon]], whom he had known since the age of eight, during this time.<ref name="interviewmagazine1">[http://www.interviewmagazine.com/film/new-again-ben-affleck/print/ Printing – New Again: Ben Affleck]. Interview Magazine (April 16, 2014). Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> Although Damon was two years older, the friends had "identical interests"<ref name="interviewmagazine1"/> and traveled to New York together for acting auditions, saving money for train and airline tickets in a joint bank account.<ref name="condenast1">[http://parade.condenast.com/50121/parade/interview-with-ben-affleck/ Interview With Ben Affleck]. Parade.condenast.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref><ref>[http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1103/03/pmt.01.html CNN.com – Transcripts]. Transcripts.cnn.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> While Affleck had high [[SAT]] scores,<ref name="nytimes2000"/> he was an unfocused student with poor attendance.<ref name="hollywoodreporter3">[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ben-affleck-thr-cover-argo-oscar-377611?page=3 THR Cover: Confessions of Ben Affleck]. The Hollywood Reporter (October 10, 2012). Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/story?id=132331&page=1&singlePage=true |title=PrimeTime: The Real Ben Affleck – ABC News |publisher=Abcnews.go.com |accessdate=August 27, 2014}}</ref> He spent a few months studying Spanish at the [[University of Vermont]], chosen because of its proximity to his then-girlfriend,<ref name="washingtonpost1" /> but left after fracturing his hip while playing basketball.<ref name="Parade">{{cite news|last1=Rader|first1=Dotson|title=Ben Affleck: 'I Have a Strong Sense of Where I Want to Go'|url=http://entertainment.msn.com/news/article.aspx?news=279087|work=[[Parade Magazine]]|archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20080411040258/http://entertainment.msn.com/news/article.aspx?news=279087|archivedate=April 11, 2008}}</ref> An 18-year-old Affleck then moved to Los Angeles,<ref name="articles.latimes.com"/> studying Middle Eastern affairs at [[Occidental College]] for a year and a half.<ref>[http://global-citizen.com/enter-bens-world/ Global CitizenInterview of Ben Affleck on his new film Argo and his interest in ME]. Global-citizen.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref><ref>Singh, Ajay. (January 15, 2013) [http://eaglerock.patch.com/groups/schools/p/did-ben-affleck-major-in-middle-eastern-studies-from-oxy Did Ben Affleck Major in Middle Eastern Studies From Oxy? – Schools – Eagle Rock, CA Patch]. Eaglerock.patch.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref>
The following year he starred as the lead character [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daredevil_(Marvel_Comics) Matt Murdock/Daredevil] in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Steven_Johnson Mark Steven Johnson]'s film ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daredevil_(film) Daredevil]'' (2003). Affleck said ''Daredevil'' was his favorite comic book as a kid,<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-29">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-29 [30]]</sup> and explained why he took the role by saying "Everybody has that one thing from childhood that they remember and that sticks with them. This story was that for me."<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-30">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-30 [31]]</sup> He also said "I didn't want someone else to do it, because I was afraid that they would go out and do it different from the comic and screw it up."<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-31">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-31 [32]]</sup> [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Ebert Roger Ebert], in review of ''Daredevil'', wrote that both Affleck and co-star [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Garner Jennifer Garner], were suitable for their roles.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-32">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-32 [33]]</sup> ''Daredevil'' grossed over $179 million worldwide.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-earnings_21-1">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-earnings-21 [22]]</sup>
 
   
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==Film career==
Despite some critical missteps, his box office successes reportedly earned Affleck an average of $15M per film.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-corliss_33-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-corliss-33 [34]]</sup> However, following ''Daredevil'', Affleck starred in several critically panned box office flops, including ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigli_(film) Gigli]'' (2003) and ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surviving_Christmas Surviving Christmas]'' (2004), and his career waned.
 
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===[[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ben_Affleck&action=edit&section=5&editintro=Template:BLP_editintro edit]] 2006-2009===
 
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===1981–1997: Child acting and ''Good Will Hunting''===
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ben_Affleck_2009.jpg][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ben_Affleck_2009.jpg]Affleck at the premiere for ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/He%27s_Just_Not_That_Into_You He's Just Not That Into You]'' in February 2009Affleck starred in the critically acclaimed [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Reeves George Reeves] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_noir noir] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biopic biopic] ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywoodland Hollywoodland]'', directed by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HBO HBO] TV-series veteran Allen Coulter.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-People_2_34-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-People_2-34 [35]]</sup> His performance was well-received; [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Travers Peter Travers] of ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolling_Stone Rolling Stone]'', reviewing the film, wrote: "The irony is that Affleck's battering at the hands of fame has prepped him beautifully to play Reeves. He knows this character from the inside: the surface charm, the hidden vulnerability, the ache of watching a career become a joke and being helpless to stop it."<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-stone_35-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-stone-35 [36]]</sup> Claudia Puig of ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA_Today USA Today]'' wrote that Affleck gives a "strong performance".<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-36">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-36 [37]]</sup> He was awarded the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volpi_Cup Volpi Cup] for Best Actor at the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venice_Film_Festival Venice Film Festival], won the Supporting Actor of the Year award at the Hollywood Film Festival,<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-37">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-37 [38]]</sup> and was nominated for a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Globe Golden Globe] for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-38">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-38 [39]]</sup> for this performance. Following the success of ''Hollywoodland'', he appeared in the 2007 action film ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smokin%27_Aces Smokin' Aces]'', playing Jack Dupree, a bounty hunter.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-39">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-39 [40]]</sup> ''Smokin' Aces'' received mixed reviews from critics,<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-40">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-40 [41]]</sup> and was a box office failure.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-earnings_21-2">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-earnings-21 [22]]</sup>
 
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Affleck acted professionally throughout his childhood "but not in the sense that I had a mom that wanted to take me to Hollywood or a family that wanted to make money from me ... I kind of chanced into something."<ref name="ReferenceA">{{cite web|last=Riley |first=Jenelle |url=http://www.backstage.com/interview/ben-affleck-knows-his-way-around-the-town/ |title=Ben Affleck Knows His Way Around the 'Town' &#124; Backstage Actor Interviews &#124; Acting Tips & Career Advice |publisher=Backstage |date=December 23, 2010 |accessdate=August 27, 2014}}</ref> He first appeared, at the age of seven, in a local independent film called ''Dark Side of the Street'' (1981), directed by a family friend.<ref>[http://www.bigscreenboston.com/2008/04/book-excerpt-th.html 'Big Screen Boston: From Mystery Street to The Departed and Beyond' by Paul Sherman – Web special: $12 including shipping!: Book excerpt: The "Beanstreets" movies, Part 2]. Bigscreenboston.com (April 8, 2008). Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> His biggest success as a child actor was as the star of the [[Public Broadcasting Service|PBS]] children's series ''[[The Voyage of the Mimi]]'' (1984) and ''[[The Second Voyage of the Mimi]]'' (1988), produced for sixth-grade science classes. Affleck worked "sporadically" on ''Mimi'' from the age of eight to fifteen in both Massachusetts and Mexico.<ref name="ReferenceA"/> As a teenager, he appeared in the [[American Broadcasting Company|ABC]] [[after school special]] ''Wanted: A Perfect Man'' (1986),<ref>[http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0401/24/cnnitm.00.html CNN.com – Transcripts]. Transcripts.cnn.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> the television movie ''Hands of a Stranger'' (1987)<ref name="ReferenceA"/> and a 1989 [[Burger King]] commercial.<ref name="cbsnews1"/>
   
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After high school, Affleck moved briefly to New York in search of acting work.<ref name="ReferenceA"/> Later, while studying at Occidental College in Los Angeles, Affleck directed [[I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her on a Meat Hook, and Now I Have a Three-Picture Deal at Disney|student films]].<ref name="kinja1" /><ref>{{cite web|url=http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/watch-ben-afflecks-directorial-debut-i-killed-my-lesbian-wife-ung-er-on-a-eathook-ow-i-have-a-three-picture-deal-with-disney-short-film-20130218 |title=Watch: Ben Affleck's Directorial Debut 'I Killed My Lesbi &#124; The Playlist |publisher=Blogs.indiewire.com |accessdate=August 27, 2014}}</ref> As an actor, he had a series of "knock-around parts, one to the next".<ref name="ReferenceA"/> He played [[Patrick Duffy]]'s son in the television movie ''[[Daddy (1991 film)|Daddy]]'' (1991), made an uncredited appearance as a basketball player in the ''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer (film)|Buffy the Vampire Slayer]]'' movie (1992) and had a supporting role as an anti-Semite in ''[[School Ties]]'' (1992).<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20471622_20008007_20005834,00.html |title=School Ties, Ben Affleck, ... - Chasing Ben Affleck - Photo 3 of 15 - EW.com |date=October 8, 2014 |publisher= |deadurl=unfit |archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20141008013245/http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20471622_20008007_20005834,00.html |archivedate=October 8, 2014 }}</ref> He played a high school quarterback in the [[NBC]] television series ''[[Against the Grain (TV series)|Against the Grain]]'' (1993) and a steroid-abusing high school football player in ''[[Lifestories: Families in Crisis|''Body to Die For: The Aaron Henry Story'']]'' (1994). Affleck's most notable role during this period was as a high school bully in [[Richard Linklater]]'s cult classic ''[[Dazed and Confused (film)|Dazed and Confused]]'' (1993).<ref>{{cite news|author=Marlow Stern |url=http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/09/24/dazed-and-confused-20th-anniversary-20-craziest-facts-about-the-cult-classic.html |title=‘Dazed and Confused’ 20th Anniversary: 20 Craziest Facts About the Cult Classic |publisher=The Daily Beast |date=May 28, 1976 |accessdate=June 29, 2014}}</ref> Linklater sought a likeable actor for the supporting role and, while Affleck was "big and imposing," he was "so smart and full of life ... I just liked him."<ref>{{cite web|author=Marlow Stern |url=http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/09/24/dazed-and-confused-director-richard-linklater-on-its-20th-anniversary.html |title=‘Dazed and Confused’ Director Richard Linklater on Its 20th Anniversary |publisher=The Daily Beast |accessdate=August 27, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|author=|url=http://www.maxim.com/movies/oral-history-dazed-and-confused |title=An Oral History of "Dazed and Confused" |publisher=Maxim |date=December 26, 2013 |accessdate=August 27, 2014}}</ref> Affleck later said Linklater was instrumental in demystifying the filmmaking process for him.<ref name="kinja1"/>
However, also in 2007, Affleck made his directorial debut with ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gone_Baby_Gone Gone Baby Gone]'', for which he also co-wrote the screenplay — based on the book by Dennis Lehane — about two Boston area detectives investigating a little girl's kidnapping and how it affects their lives. His brother Casey starred in the film.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-41">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-41 [42]]</sup> It opened to rave reviews in October 2007.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-42">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-42 [43]]</sup> When asked why he decided to direct the film, Affleck said: "Directing a movie was really instructive for me. I think I learned a lot about writing, and a lot about acting, and I learned how all the pieces fit together from the inside. That was really valuable. It was a good thing."<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-43">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-43 [44]]</sup> The film received critical acclaim.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-44">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-44 [45]]</sup> Lisa Schwarzbaum of ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entertainment_Weekly Entertainment Weekly]'' noted that Affleck "shows excellent instincts" as a director.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-45">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-45 [46]]</sup> Stephanie Zacharek of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salon.com Salon.com] wrote, "As a director, Ben Affleck may turn out to be quite good with actors [...] But he may need to work harder at shaping material, and at making his characters emerge as rounded, believable people."<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-46">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-46 [47]]</sup>
 
   
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Affleck's first starring film role was as an aimless art student in the college drama ''[[Glory Daze]]'' (1995), with Stephen Holden of ''The New York Times'' remarking that his "affably mopey performance finds just the right balance between obnoxious and sad sack."<ref>{{cite news|author=Stephen Holden |url=https://www.nytimes.com/1996/09/27/movies/a-major-in-parties-and-a-minor-in-art.html |title=A Major in Parties and a Minor in Art – New York Times |publisher=Nytimes.com |date=September 27, 1996 |accessdate=August 27, 2014}}</ref> He then played a bully in the comedy ''[[Mallrats]]'' (1995) and began to worry that he would be relegated to "throwing people into their lockers for the rest of my career."<ref name="backstage.com">{{cite interview|last=Riley |first=Jenelle |url=http://www.backstage.com/interview/ben-affleck-knows-his-way-around-the-town/ |title=Ben Affleck Knows His Way Around the 'Town' &#124; Backstage Actor Interviews &#124; Acting Tips & Career Advice |publisher=Backstage |date=December 23, 2010 |accessdate=June 29, 2014}}</ref> However, he became friends with writer-director [[Kevin Smith]] during filming, and Smith wrote the lead role in his romantic comedy ''[[Chasing Amy]]'' (1997) for Affleck.<ref name="ReferenceA"/><ref>{{cite web|url=http://viewaskew.com/chasingamy/benview.html |title=Cinezine – Frank Discussions With Ben Affleck |publisher=Viewaskew.com |accessdate=August 27, 2014}}</ref> ''Chasing Amy'' was a landmark moment for the actor.<ref name="backstage.com"/> [[Janet Maslin]] of ''The New York Times'' praised the "wonderful ease" with which Affleck played the role, combining "suave good looks with cool comic timing."<ref>{{cite news|url=https://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9401E4D9153DF937A35757C0A961958260&partner=Rotten%2520Tomatoes |title=Chasing Amy (1997) |publisher=''The New York Times'' |date=April 4, 1997 |first=Janet |last=Maslin |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> Owen Gleiberman of ''Entertainment Weekly'' wrote of a "wholesome and quick-witted" performance.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,287334,00.html |title=Movie Review: 'Chasing Amy' (1997) |publisher=''Entertainment Weekly'' |date=April 4, 1997 |first=Owen |last=Gleiberman |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> Also in 1997, he starred as a recently returned Korean War veteran in the coming-of-age drama ''[[Going All the Way]]''. Todd McCarthy of ''Variety'' found him "excellent"<ref>{{cite news|url=http://variety.com/1997/film/reviews/going-all-the-way-1117432751/|title=Review: Going All the Way|first=Todd|last=McCarthy|publisher=Variety|date=January 30, 1997|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> while Janet Maslin of ''The New York Times'' noted that his "flair for comic self-doubt made a strong impression."<ref>{{cite news|first=Janet |last=Maslin |url=https://www.nytimes.com/1997/01/27/movies/independent-films-have-their-sundance-night.html |title=Independent Films Have Their Sundance Night – New York Times |publisher=Nytimes.com |date=January 27, 1997 |accessdate=August 27, 2014}}</ref>
Affleck appeared in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Kimmel Jimmy Kimmel]'s 2008 video 'I'm Fucking Ben Affleck'; a response to Kimmel's then girlfriend, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Silverman Sarah Silverman]'s, video 'I'm Fucking Matt Damon'.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-47">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-47 [48]]</sup><sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-Affleck-Kimmel_48-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-Affleck-Kimmel-48 [49]]</sup> Many other celebrities appeared in the video including [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Charlotte Good Charlotte]'s [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joel_Madden Joel] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benji_Madden Benji Madden], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macy_Gray Macy Gray], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominic_Monaghan Dominic Monaghan], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lance_Bass Lance Bass], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Groban Josh Groban], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Cheadle Don Cheadle], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brad_Pitt Brad Pitt], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cameron_Diaz Cameron Diaz], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Williams Robin Williams], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_Ford Harrison Ford], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huey_Lewis Huey Lewis], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Jett Joan Jett], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Wentz Pete Wentz], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Mintz-Plasse Christopher Mintz-Plasse], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meat_Loaf Meat Loaf], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dicky_Barrett Dicky Barrett] and many more.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-Affleck-Kimmel_48-1">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-Affleck-Kimmel-48 [49]]</sup>
 
===[[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ben_Affleck&action=edit&section=6&editintro=Template:BLP_editintro edit]] 2009-present===
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_town_affleck_hamm.JPG][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_town_affleck_hamm.JPG]Affleck and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Hamm Jon Hamm] on the set of <span style="white-space: nowrap;">''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Town_(2010_film) The Town]''</span>In 2009, Affleck returned to acting, starring in three features, ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/He%27s_Just_Not_That_into_You_(film) He's Just Not That into You]'', ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_of_Play_(film) State of Play]'', and ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extract_(film) Extract]''. In ''He's Just Not That into You'', a romantic comedy, he was part of an ensemble cast that included [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Aniston Jennifer Aniston], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drew_Barrymore Drew Barrymore], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarlett_Johansson Scarlett Johansson], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Long Justin Long], and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Connelly Jennifer Connelly].<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-49">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-49 [50]]</sup> The film generated mostly mixed reviews,<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-50">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-50 [51]]</sup> but was a box office success, earning $165 million worldwide.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-earnings_21-3">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-earnings-21 [22]]</sup> In ''State of Play'', an adaptation of the British television serial ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_of_Play_(TV_serial) State of Play]'', Affleck played Congressman Stephen Collins. The film is a political thriller which explores the relationship between politicians and the media.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-51">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-51 [52]]</sup> In the comedy film ''Extract'', Affleck played Dean, a bartender, and the best friend to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Bateman Jason Bateman]'s character.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-52">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-52 [53]]</sup> His performance in the film was well-received, with Barbara Vancheri of the ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pittsburgh_Post-Gazette Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]'' reporting that "Affleck is a hoot as a long-haired fount of bad advice and drugs he keeps in a little tin behind the bar. After playing a square-jawed crimefighter, an actor turned Superman and a congressman, he is actually loose and funny."<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-53">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-53 [54]]</sup>
 
   
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The success of 1997's ''[[Good Will Hunting]]'', which Affleck co-wrote and starred in, marked a significant turning point in his career. The screenplay originated in 1992 when Damon wrote a 40-page script for a playwriting class at Harvard University. He asked Affleck to act out the scenes with him in front of the class and, when Damon later moved into Affleck's Los Angeles apartment, they began working on the script in earnest.<ref name="interviewmagazine1"/> The film, which they wrote mainly during improvisation sessions,<ref name="bostonmag-history">{{cite web|url=http://www.bostonmagazine.com/2013/01/good-will-hunting-oral-history/|title=Good Will Hunting: An Oral History|first=Janelle|last=Nanos|publisher=Boston Magazine|date=January 2013|accessdate=June 5, 2014}}</ref> was set in their hometown of Cambridge and drew from their own experiences.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://tomshone.blogspot.co.uk/2011/01/how-good-will-hunting-got-its-ending.html|title=Malick gave Good Will Hunting its Ending|first=Tom|last=Shone|date=January 5, 2011|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> They sold the screenplay to [[Castle Rock Entertainment|Castle Rock]] in 1994, when Affleck was 22 years old. During the development process, they received notes from industry figures including [[Rob Reiner]] and [[William Goldman]].<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/4720603/Good-Will-Hunting-the-truth.html|title=Good Will Hunting: the truth|publisher=The Telegraph|date=May 2, 2000|accessdate=March 27, 2015|location=London}}</ref> Following a lengthy dispute with Castle Rock regarding a suitable director, Affleck and Damon persuaded [[Miramax]] to purchase the screenplay.<ref name="highbeam1"/> The two friends moved back to Boston for a year before the film finally went into production, directed by [[Gus Van Sant]] and co-starring Damon, Affleck and [[Robin Williams]].<ref name="bostonmag-history" /> Upon release, Janet Maslin of ''The New York Times'' praised the "smart and touching screenplay"<ref>{{cite news|url=https://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9C00EFD7123DF936A35751C1A961958260&partner=Rotten%2520Tomatoes|title=Good Will Hunting: Logarithms and biorhythms test a young janitor|first=Janet|last=Maslin|publisher=New York Times|date=December 5, 1997|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> while Emanuel Levy of ''Variety'' found it "funny, nonchalant, moving and angry."<ref>{{cite news|url=http://variety.com/1997/film/reviews/good-will-hunting-3-1200452429/|title=Review: Good Will Hunting|first=Emanuel|last=Levy|publisher=Variety|date=November 30, 1997|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> Jay Carr of the ''Boston Globe'' wrote that Affleck brought "a beautifully nuanced tenderness to a role that could have been two-dimensional."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://cache.boston.com/globe/living/moviereviews/carr_reviews/Good_Will_Hunting.htm|title=Boston Globe Online - Living - Arts - Movie Reviews - Jay Carr's Reviews|publisher=}}</ref> Affleck and Damon won both the [[Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay|Golden Globe]] and [[Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay|Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay]].<ref name="kinja1" /> Affleck has said that period in his life was "dreamlike": "It was like one of those scenes in an old movie when a newspaper comes spinning out of the black on to the screen. You know, '$100 Million Box Office! Awards!'"<ref name=Parade />
Affleck directed his second feature, ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Town_(2010_film) The Town]'', an adaptation of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Hogan Chuck Hogan]'s novel ''Prince of Thieves'', that was both a critical and commercial success when it was released in theaters in 2010.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-54">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-54 [55]]</sup> Along with directing and co-writing the film, he was part of the cast that includes [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Hamm Jon Hamm], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremy_Renner Jeremy Renner], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Cooper_(actor) Chris Cooper] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blake_Lively Blake Lively].
 
   
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===1998–2002: Leading man status===
Affleck was awarded the Chairman's Award in the 2011 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_Springs_International_Film_Festival Palm Springs International Film Festival]. Commenting on Affleck, Festival Chairman Harold Matzner said,
 
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[[File:Bay Affleck Tyler at JFK Space Center Armageddon premiere (cropped).jpg|thumb|left|upright|Affleck with [[Michael Bay]] and [[Liv Tyler]] at the ''[[Armageddon (1998 film)|Armageddon]]'' premiere in 1998]]
If there is truly a renaissance man in today’s cinema, it’s Ben Affleck. He has distinguished himself as a premier writer and director, as well as an actor with a broad-ranging and impressive filmography. In his latest work, ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Town_(2010_film) The Town]'', Affleck once again puts his acting, writing and directorial skills to work, in a stinging portrait of a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_England New England] town and the grip it has on generation after generation, who find it impossible to leave. For his ability to “do it all” and constantly evolve as an artist, The Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present Ben Affleck with the 2011 Chairman’s Award.” <sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-55">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-55 [56]]</sup>Affleck will star in an upcoming romantic drama written and directed by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrence_Malick Terrence Malick], alongside [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olga_Kurylenko Olga Kurylenko], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Javier_Bardem Javier Bardem], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_McAdams Rachel McAdams] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Weisz Rachel Weisz]. Filming took place in fall 2010 in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartlesville,_Oklahoma Bartlesville, Oklahoma] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pawhuska,_Oklahoma Pawhuska, Oklahoma].<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-56">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-56 [57]]</sup>
 
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1998's ''[[Armageddon (1998 film)|Armageddon]]'' established Affleck as a viable leading man for Hollywood studio blockbusters.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.eonline.com/videos/247081/ben-affleck-talks-early-fame-in-1997-e-looks-back|title=Ben Affleck Talks Early Fame in 1997 – E! Looks Back|publisher=}}</ref> ''Good Will Hunting'' had not yet been released during the casting process and, after Affleck's screentest, director [[Michael Bay]] dismissed him as "a geek". He was convinced by producer [[Jerry Bruckheimer]] that Affleck would be a star<ref name="articles.latimes.com"/> but the actor was required to lose weight, become tanned and get his teeth capped before filming began.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.gq.com/story/michael-bay-oral-history|title=An Oral History of Transformers Director Michael Bay|first=Sean|last=Fennessey|date=June 27, 2011|publisher=}}</ref> The film, in which he starred opposite [[Bruce Willis]] as a blue-collar driller tasked by [[NASA]] with stopping an asteroid colliding with Earth, was a box office success.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=armageddon.htm|title=Armageddon (1998) – Box Office Mojo|publisher=}}</ref> Daphne Merkin of ''The New Yorker'' remarked: "Affleck demonstrates a sexy [[Paul Newman]]ish charm and is clearly bound for stardom."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/armageddon/reviews/?type=top_critics |title=ARMAGEDDON REVIEWS |publisher=''Rotten Tomatoes'' |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> Later in 1998, Affleck had a supporting role as an arrogant English actor in the period romantic comedy ''[[Shakespeare in Love]]'', starring his then-girlfriend [[Gwyneth Paltrow]]. Lael Loewenstein of ''Variety'' remarked that Affleck "does some of his very best work, suggesting that comedy may be his true calling,"<ref>{{cite news|url=http://variety.com/1998/film/reviews/shakespeare-in-love-1200456294/ |title=Review: ‘Shakespeare in Love’ |publisher=''Variety'' |date=December 6, 1998 |first=Lael |last=Loewenstein |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> while Janet Maslin of ''The New York Times'' found him "very funny."<ref>{{cite news|url=https://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9B05E4D9103AF932A25751C1A96E958260&partner=Rotten%2520Tomatoes |title=Shakespeare in Love (1998) |publisher=''The New York Times'' |date=December 11, 1998 |first=Janet |last=Maslin |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> ''Shakespeare in Love'' won seven [[Academy Awards]], including [[Academy Award for Best Picture|Best Picture]], while the cast won the [[Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast]]. Affleck then appeared as a small-town sheriff in the supernatural horror film ''[[Phantoms (film)|Phantoms]]''.<ref name="ReferenceA"/> Stephen Holden of ''The New York Times'' wondered how actors like Affleck and [[Peter O'Toole]] were "bamboozled into lending their talents to a junky little horror film": "Affleck's thudding performance suggests he is reading his dialogue for the first time, directly from cue cards."<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9B06EFD8163BF930A15752C0A96E958260&partner=Rotten%2520Tomatoes|title=Phantoms: A Monster Hungry for Attention|publisher=New York Times|first=Stephen|last=Holden|date=January 23, 1998|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref>
   
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Affleck and Damon had an on-screen reunion in Kevin Smith's religious satire ''[[Dogma (film)|Dogma]]'', which premiered at the [[1999 Cannes Film Festival]]. Janet Maslin of ''The New York Times'' remarked that the pair, playing fallen angels, "bring great, understandable enthusiasm to Mr. Smith's smart talk and wild imaginings."<ref>{{cite news|url=https://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9507E4D81E3EF937A35753C1A96F958260|title=Dogma: There's Devilment Afoot: 2 Fallen Angels Want Back In|first=Janet|last=Maslin|publisher=New York Times|date=October 4, 1999|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> Affleck starred opposite [[Sandra Bullock]] in the romantic comedy ''[[Forces of Nature]]'', playing a groom-to-be whose attempts to get to his wedding are complicated by his free-spirited travelling companion. [[Owen Gleiberman]] of ''Entertainment Weekly'' remarked that Affleck "radiates a sweetness that can't be faked ... He has the fast-break charm you want in a screwball hero."<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,274908,00.html |title=Forces of Nature (1999) |publisher=''Entertainment Weekly'' |date=March 26, 1998 |first=Owen |last=Gleiberman |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> [[Joe Leydon]] of ''Variety'' praised "his winning ability to play against his good looks in a self-effacing comic turn."<ref>{{cite news|url=http://variety.com/1999/film/reviews/forces-of-nature-1200457002/ |title=Review: ‘Forces of Nature’ |publisher=''Variety'' |date=March 14, 1999 |first=Joe |last=Leydon |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> Affleck then appeared opposite [[Courtney Love]] in the little-seen ensemble comedy ''[[200 Cigarettes]]''.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/200_cigarettes/reviews/|title=200 Cigarettes Review|publisher=Rotten Tomatoes|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref>
Affleck will also be directing his third feature, ''Argo'', for producers [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Clooney George Clooney] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grant_Heslov Grant Heslov]. The film tells the story of a CIA operation to save six ambassadors during the 1979 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_hostage_crisis Iran hostage crisis] by faking a production for a large-scale science fiction film.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-57">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-57 [58]]</sup>
 
   
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Interested in a directorial career, Affleck shadowed [[John Frankenheimer]] throughout pre-production of the action thriller ''[[Reindeer Games]]'' (2000).<ref name="articles.latimes.com"/><ref name="ew.com">{{cite web|url=http://www.ew.com/article/2010/09/03/ben-affleck-calls-shots/5|title=Ben Affleck Calls the Shots|publisher=}}</ref> Frankenheimer, directing his final feature film, described Affleck as having "a very winning, likable quality about him. I've been doing this for a long time and he's really one of the nicest."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.angelfire.com/biz6/athena2/interviews/vanityfair1099.html |title=Ben in Vanity Fair |publisher=Angelfire.com |accessdate=August 27, 2014}}</ref> He starred opposite [[Charlize Theron]] as a hardened criminal, with Elvis Mitchell of ''The New York Times'' enjoying the unexpected casting choice: "Affleck often suggests one of the Kennedys playing Clark Kent ... He looks as if he has never missed a party or a night's sleep. He's game, though, and his slight dislocation works to the advantage of ''Reindeer Games''."<ref>{{cite news|url=https://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9D00EEDF1E30F936A15751C0A9669C8B63&partner=Rotten%2520Tomatoes|title=Reindeer Games: Santa Would Surely Be Useful Right Now|first=Elvis|last=Mitchell|publisher=New York Times|date=February 25, 2000|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> He then had a supporting role as a ruthless stockbroker in the crime drama ''[[Boiler Room (film)|Boiler Room]]'' (2000).<ref name="ReferenceB">{{cite news|url=http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20419881,00.html |title=Ben Affleck Calls The Shots |publisher=''Entertainment Weekly'' |date=September 9, 2010 |first=Chris |last=Nashawaty |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> A.O. Scott of ''The New York Times'' felt Affleck had "traced over" [[Alec Baldwin]]'s performance in ''[[Glengarry Glen Ross]]''.<ref>{{cite news|url=https://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9E04E2DD1131F93BA25751C0A9669C8B63 |title=Boiler Room (2000) |publisher=''The New York Times'' |date=February 18, 2000 |first=A.O. |last=Scott |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> However, Emanuel Levy of ''Variety'' praised his "bravura turn"<ref>{{cite news|url=http://variety.com/2000/film/reviews/boiler-room-1117778648/ |title=Review: ‘Boiler Room’ |publisher=''Variety'' |date=February 6, 2000 |first=Emanuel |last=Levy |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> while Peter Rainer of ''New York Magazine'' said he "does a series of riffs on Baldwin's aria, and each one is funnier and crueler than the next."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://nymag.com/nymetro/movies/reviews/2212/ |title=Perfect Pitch |publisher=''New York Magazine'' |date= |first=Peter |last=Rainer |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> In his final film role of 2000, Affleck starred opposite his girlfriend Paltrow in the romantic drama ''[[Bounce (film)|Bounce]]'' (2000). Stephen Holden of ''The New York Times'' praised "the understated intensity and exquisite detail of his performance ... His portrait of a young, sarcastically self-defined "people person" who isn't half as confident as he would like to appear is close to definitive."<ref>{{cite news|url=https://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9803E0D9153BF934A25752C1A9669C8B63&partner=Rotten%2520Tomatoes |title=Bounce (2000) |publisher=''The New York Times'' |date=November 17, 2000 |first=Stephen |last=Holden |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> Also in 2000, he provided the voice of Joseph in the animated ''[[Joseph: King of Dreams]]''.
Following ''Argo'', Affleck was selected to replace [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Yates David Yates] as the director for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warner_Bros. Warner Bros.]' upcoming adaptation of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_King Stephen King]'s novel, ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stand The Stand]''.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-58">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-58 [59]]</sup>
 
==[[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ben_Affleck&action=edit&section=7&editintro=Template:BLP_editintro edit]] Activities==
 
===[[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ben_Affleck&action=edit&section=8&editintro=Template:BLP_editintro edit]] Charitable and humanitarian projects===
 
Affleck's support of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-profit non-profit] charitable organization, the A-T Children's Project,<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-organization_59-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-organization-59 [60]]</sup> began while he was filming ''Forces of Nature''.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-People_-_Bio_8-5">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-People_-_Bio-8 [9]]</sup><sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-People_2_34-1">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-People_2-34 [35]]</sup> Affleck met a then nine-year-old child, Joe Kindregan, who has the rare disease [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ataxia-telangiectasia ataxia-telangiectasia] (A-T).<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-People_-_Bio_8-6">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-People_-_Bio-8 [9]]</sup><sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-People_2_34-2">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-People_2-34 [35]]</sup> The disease, described as like having [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscular_dystrophy muscular dystrophy], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cystic_fibrosis cystic fibrosis], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immune_deficiency immune deficiency] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cancer cancer] all at once, is progressive; children with A-T usually do not live beyond their late teens.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-People_-_Bio_8-7">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-People_-_Bio-8 [9]]</sup><sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-People_2_34-3">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-People_2-34 [35]]</sup> Affleck attends benefits and spoke to Congress to advocate for the charity,<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-People_-_Bio_8-8">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-People_-_Bio-8 [9]]</sup><sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-People_2_34-4">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-People_2-34 [35]]</sup> and in 2007 was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony of Falls Church High School in Fairfax, Virginia, from which Kindregan was graduating.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-60">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-60 [61]]</sup>
 
   
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Affleck reunited with director Michael Bay for the critically derided war drama ''[[Pearl Harbor (film)|Pearl Harbor]]'' (2001). He later characterised it as a movie he did "for money – for the wrong reasons."<ref name="telegraph.co.uk">{{cite web|url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/9646122/Ben-Affleck-talks-about-his-new-film-Argo.html|title=Ben Affleck talks about his new film, Argo|publisher=}}</ref> A.O. Scott of ''The New York Times'' felt Affleck and [[Kate Beckinsale]] "do what they can with their lines, and glow with the satiny shine of real movie stars."<ref>{{cite news|url=https://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9A00E6D7113DF936A15756C0A9679C8B63&partner=Rotten%2520Tomatoes|title=Pearl Harbor: War Is Hell but Very Pretty|first=AO |last=Scott|publisher=New York Times|date=May 25, 2001|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> However, Todd McCarthy of ''Variety'' said, "the blandly handsome Affleck couldn’t convince that he’d ever so much as been turned down for a date, much less lost the love of his life to his best friend."<ref>{{cite news|url=http://variety.com/2001/film/reviews/pearl-harbor-2-1200468183/|title=Review:Pearl Harbor|first=Todd|last=McCarthy|publisher=Variety|date=May 23, 2001|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> Affleck then parodied ''Good Will Hunting'' with Damon and Van Sant in Kevin Smith's ''[[Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back]]'' (2001),<ref>{{cite news|url=https://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9500E1D71531F937A1575BC0A9679C8B63&partner=Rotten%2520Tomatoes|title=Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back: Hithhiking in a Hurry: What Does That Tell You?|first=Elvis|last=Mitchell|publisher=New York Times|date=August 24, 2001|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> appeared in the comedy ''[[Daddy and Them]]'' (2001)<ref>{{cite news|url=http://variety.com/2001/film/reviews/daddy-and-them-1200469312/|title=Review: Daddy and Them|publisher=Variety|first=Eddie|last=Cockrell|date=August 28, 2001|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> and the little-seen ''[[The Third Wheel (film)|The Third Wheel]]'' (2002).<ref name="people2"/> He portrayed [[Jack Ryan (Tom Clancy)|Jack Ryan]] in the thriller ''[[The Sum of All Fears (film)|The Sum of All Fears]]'' (2002). Stephen Holden of ''The New York Times'' felt he was miscast in a role previously played by both [[Harrison Ford]] and [[Alec Baldwin]]: "Although Mr. Affleck can be appealing when playing earnest young men groping toward maturity, he simply lacks the gravitas for the role."<ref>{{cite news|url=https://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9D05E6DF163AF932A05756C0A9649C8B63&partner=Rotten%2520Tomatoes|title=The Sum of all Fears: Terrorism That's All Too Real|first=Stephen|last=Holden|publisher=New York Times|date=May 31, 2002|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> Affleck had an "amazing experience" making the thriller ''[[Changing Lanes]]'' (2002),<ref name="ReferenceA"/> and later cited [[Roger Michell]] as someone he learned from as a director.<ref name="ew.com"/><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.emirates247.com/entertainment/films-music/interview-out-on-the-town-with-ben-affleck-2010-12-27-1.334550|title=Interview: Out on The Town with Ben Affleck|first=|last=Reuters|publisher=}}</ref> He was first drawn to the script while working on ''Pearl Harbor'': "I hadn’t said a line of dialogue in a week, and everybody was at their wit's end, especially me."<ref>Ben Affleck's True Hollywood Story By David Hochman, for Details (April 2002)</ref> Peter Bradshaw of ''The Guardian'' enjoyed the "strongly acted two-hander ... Affleck particularly shows how convincing he can be as the besuited corporate asshole."<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2002/nov/01/artsfeatures8 |title=Changing Lanes |publisher=''The Guardian'' |date=November 1, 2000 |first=Peter |last=Bradshaw |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> Robert Koehler of ''Variety'' described it as "his most thoroughly wrought performance since "Chasing Amy" ... the journey into a moral fog compels him to play more inwardly and thoughtfully than he ever has before."<ref>{{cite news|url=http://variety.com/2002/film/reviews/changing-lanes-1200550432/ |title=Review: ‘Changing Lanes’ |publisher=''Variety'' |date=April 5, 2002 |first=Robert |last=Koehler |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref>
In June 2008, he appeared in an [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ABC_News ABC News] exclusive report exploring the humanitarian crisis in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo Eastern Congo]. Affleck travelled to the African nation and interviewed refugees, warlords, and members of parliament. "I think the more painful something is, the more you want to distance yourself from it," he said. "I think the hard part is actually to let some of that go and to realize that when you see some of these images of people suffering in some way or another, to kind of remember that these are people who are in fact just in different circumstances than you are, but that are kind of dealing with [those circumstances] in a pretty brave and enduring way."<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-61">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-61 [62]]</sup> In December 2008, he teamed up with the United Nations releasing a short film highlighting the plight of Congolese refugees,<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-62">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-62 [63]]</sup> and in March 2010, Affleck announced the formation of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Congo_Initiative Eastern Congo Initiative], which he founded as "the first U.S. based advocacy and grant-making initiative wholly focused on working with and for the people of eastern Congo."<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-63">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-63 [64]]</sup>
 
===[[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ben_Affleck&action=edit&section=9&editintro=Template:BLP_editintro edit]] Political activism===
 
In the final weeks of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2000 2000 Presidential campaign], Affleck promoted the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Party_(United_States) Democratic] ticket, supporting [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Gore Al Gore] and repeatedly delivering a get-out-the-vote plea: "It's very important to vote. The president will appoint three or four [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supreme_Court_of_the_United_States Supreme Court] justices."<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-2000_election_64-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-2000_election-64 [65]]</sup> During the final week of the race, Affleck – along with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Hunt Helen Hunt], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Sheen Martin Sheen], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Reiner Rob Reiner] and other actors – spent an hour at a phone bank calling registered Democrats.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-65">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-65 [66]]</sup> "People in my generation have a low voter turnout. One of the reasons that I'm here is to demonstrate that no matter who you are going to vote for ... I think it's important to get involved and get out and vote," he told reporters. "But I'm going to tell people to vote for Gore."<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-2000_election_64-1">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-2000_election-64 [65]]</sup>
 
   
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Affleck became more actively involved with television and film production in the early 2000s. He and Damon had set up [[Pearl Street Films]], named after the street that ran between their childhood homes,<ref>{{cite news|first=Laura M. |last=Holson |url=https://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/27/arts/television-radio-bidding-to-be-moguls-of-a-risky-business.html?src=pm&pagewanted=2 |title=TELEVISION/RADIO; Bidding To Be Moguls Of a Risky Business- Page 2 – New York Times |publisher=Nytimes.com |accessdate=June 29, 2014 |date=May 27, 2001}}</ref> in 1998<ref>{{cite web|url=http://variety.com/1998/film/news/pearl-street-taps-kubena-1117478813/|title=Pearl Street taps Kubena|first=Chris|last=Petrikin|date=July 27, 1998|publisher=}}</ref> but their next production company [[LivePlanet]], co-founded in 2000 with [[Chris Moore (film producer)|Chris Moore]] and [[Sean Bailey]], sought to integrate the internet into mainstream television and film production.<ref>{{cite news|author=Laura M. Holson |url=https://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/27/arts/television-radio-bidding-to-be-moguls-of-a-risky-business.html?src=pm&pagewanted=3 |title=Bidding To Be Moguls Of a Risky Business |publisher=Nytimes.com |accessdate=June 29, 2014 |date=May 27, 2001}}</ref><ref name="Laura M. Holson">{{cite news|author=Laura M. Holson |url=https://www.nytimes.com/2002/08/05/business/affleck-and-damon-find-real-life-obstacles-to-their-media-venture.html?src=pm&pagewanted=2 |title=Affleck and Damon Find Real-Life Obstacles to Their Media Venture |publisher=Nytimes.com |date=August 5, 2002 |accessdate=June 29, 2014}}</ref> LivePlanet's biggest success was the documentary series ''[[Project Greenlight]]'', aired on [[HBO]] and later [[Bravo (U.S. TV network)|Bravo]], which focused on first-time filmmakers being given the chance to direct a feature film. ''Project Greenlight'' was nominated for a [[Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program]] in 2002, 2004, and 2005.<ref>{{cite web |first=Louise A. |last=Barile |url=http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,624578,00.html |title=Ben & Matt To Give Second 'Greenlight' |accessdate=June 9, 2008 |date=August 21, 2002 |work=[[People (magazine)|People]]}}</ref> ''[[Push, Nevada]]'' (2002), created and written by Affleck and Bailey,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://variety.com/2002/tv/features/push-nevada-1200546284/|title=Review: ‘Push, Nevada’|first=Phil|last=Gallo|date=September 11, 2002|publisher=}}</ref> was an [[American Broadcasting Company|ABC]] mystery involving an I.R.S. agent searching for embezzled money in a small town. It placed a viewer-participation game within the frame of the show.<ref>{{Cite news|url=http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,363522,00.html|title=Ben Affleck & Matt Damon|date=October 10, 2002|work=[[Entertainment Weekly]]|accessdate=June 4, 2009| archiveurl= https://web.archive.org/web/20090618013042/http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,363522,00.html| archivedate= June 18, 2009 | deadurl= no| first=Kelly| last=Connolly}}</ref> [[Caryn James]] of ''The New York Times'' praised the show's "nerve, imagination and clever writing ... Sheer wit and suspense are what make "Push" the season's liveliest and best new series."<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2002/09/17/arts/television/17JAME.html|title=TELEVISION REVIEW; Sex in Unison: Just One Quirk Among Many|first=Caryn|last=James|date=September 17, 2002|publisher=|via=NYTimes.com}}</ref> However, Robert Bianco of ''USA Today'' described it as a "knock-off" ''[[Twin Peaks]]'' and remarked: "There is some fun to be had here [but] "Push" is one of those shows that thinks quirkiness is a virtue in and of itself."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/television/reviews/2002-09-16-push-nevada_x.htm|archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20160508175655/http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/television/reviews/2002-09-16-push-nevada_x.htm|archivedate=2016-05-08|title=USATODAY.com – Quirky 'Push' is truly a mystery within a mystery|publisher=}}</ref> The show was cancelled by ABC due to low viewing figures.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/abc-formally-announces-push-nevada-cancellation-series-end-october-24th-695.php|title=ABC formally announces 'Push, Nevada' cancellation, series to end October 24th|publisher=}}</ref> Over time, LivePlanet's focus shifted from multimedia projects to more traditional film production.<ref name="Laura M. Holson"/> They signed a film production deal with [[The Walt Disney Company|Disney]] in 2002; it expired in 2007.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://variety.com/2002/film/markets-festivals/planet-in-disney-pic-prod-n-orbit-1117870767/|title=Planet in Disney pic prod’n orbit|first=Michael|last=Fleming|date=August 5, 2002|publisher=}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://variety.com/2008/film/markets-festivals/liveplanet-film-unit-takes-final-bow-1117979856/|title=LivePlanet film unit takes final bow|first=Michael|last=Fleming|date=January 30, 2008|publisher=}}</ref>
On October 28, 2000, Affleck flew with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_Clinton Hillary Clinton], who was running for a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate Senate] seat, to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ithaca Ithaca], New York, where he introduced her at a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornell_University Cornell University] rally. He told the college crowd that Clinton had been advocating for women and working families since "[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Lazio Rick Lazio] was running around the frat house in his underwear". Lazio, then a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Island Long Island] congressman, was Clinton's [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_(United_States) Republican] opponent.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-66">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-66 [67]]</sup>
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AffleckAndRachelMaddow09.jpg][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AffleckAndRachelMaddow09.jpg]Affleck on the set of ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rachel_Maddow_Show_(TV_series) The Rachel Maddow Show]'', April 16, 2009On November 6, 2000, the final day of the campaign, he was one of several high-profile celebrities summoned to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miami_Beach,_Florida Miami Beach] by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miramax Miramax] Films boss [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Weinstein Harvey Weinstein] for a late-night Gore rally, just hours before polls opened nationwide.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-2000_election_64-2">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-2000_election-64 [65]]</sup> The Gore campaign's last event, a final effort to energize [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Beach South Beach] voters, did not end until about 1:00 a.m., but Affleck flew back to New York that morning and made a surprise live appearance on ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rosie_O%27Donnell_Show The Rosie O'Donnell Show]''. It was 10:15 a.m. when he made his final public pitch from a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockefeller_Center Rockefeller Center] studio, noting that he was "a little bit tired ... I've been out getting involved, doing stuff and trying to get people to vote. And that's why I came by here". Also, "Today is the get-out-the-vote day and ... I think this is the time to get involved, especially the young folks who are here ... I'm about to go vote," He then said, "I am personally gonna vote for Al Gore".<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-2000_election_64-3">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-2000_election-64 [65]]</sup><sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-67">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-67 [68]]</sup>
 
   
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===2003–2005: Career downturn and tabloid notoriety ===
As votes were tallied that night, Affleck told [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salon.com Salon.com]'s Amy Reiter, "I'm nervous this evening, but one of the things that's exciting to me is the number of people who voted. No matter who wins, I think it's a healthy thing for our country that so many voters have come out and participated in the process. Either way, I think the most important number will be the turnout".<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-68">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-68 [69]]</sup>
 
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While Affleck had been a tabloid figure for much of his career and was named Sexiest Man Alive by ''People Magazine'' in 2002,<ref name="people2"/> he became the subject of increased media attention in 2003 due to his relationship with Jennifer Lopez. The actor remarked that the situation filled him with a sense of "dread ... People are going to grow weary of this."<ref name="moviehole.net"/> By the end of the year, Affleck had become, in the words of ''GQ'', the "world's most over-exposed actor."<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.gq.com/entertainment/movies-and-tv/201304/verge-letter-ben-affleck-april-2004?changecurrentdate=true&date=2013/04/11&save_in_session=true |title=The Verge: Building a New Ben |publisher=Gq.com |date=January 4, 2014 |accessdate=June 29, 2014}}</ref> His newfound tabloid notoriety coincided with a series of poorly received films.
   
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[[File:Benafflecknavy1.jpg|thumb|upright|alt=Smiling young man with a trim goatee and moustache, wearing a white T-shirt and a baseball cap. He is surrounding by hands reaching out to him.|Affleck visiting US Marines in [[Manama, Bahrain]] in 2003]]
In the May 2001 issue of ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GQ GQ]'', Affleck said, "My fantasy is that someday I'm independently wealthy enough that I'm not beholden to anybody, so I can run for Congress on the grounds that everyday people should be in government".<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-69">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-69 [70]]</sup> However, when he was asked about his political ambitions in an April 2009 interview to promote the 2009 film, ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_of_Play_(film) State of Play]'', Affleck said, "I really like my job that I have now. Plus, unlike in Hollywood where you need one director to hire you, in politics you have to have a lot of people to vote for you. I think it's harder work. I really am happy with what I'm doing now. In fact I've never been at a place where I've felt better about going to work everyday. I'm more engaged and very, very happy."<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-70">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-70 [71]]</sup>
 
   
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The first of these films was ''[[Daredevil (film)|Daredevil]]'' (2003), in which Affleck starred as the [[Daredevil (Marvel Comics character)|blind superhero]]. Affleck was a longtime comic book fan,<ref>Cosmopolitan Magazine, April 1999</ref> and had written a foreword for Kevin Smith's ''[[Guardian Devil]]'' (1999) about his love for the character of Daredevil.<ref name="moviehole.net">{{cite web|last= |first= |url=http://moviehole.net/20031411interview-ben-affleck-daredevil |title=Interview : Ben Affleck – Daredevil – Moviehole |publisher=Moviehole.net |accessdate=June 29, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|first=Ryan J.|last=Downey|date=June 24, 2002|url=http://www.mtv.com/news/1455368/affleck-garner-open-up-about-daredevil/|title=Affleck, Garner Open Up About 'Daredevil'|publisher=MTV|accessdate=April 27, 2009}}</ref> The film was a commercial success<ref name="earnings">{{cite web|url=http://www.boxofficemojo.com/people/chart/?view=Actor&id=benaffleck.htm|title=Ben Affleck Movie Box Office Results|publisher=[[Box Office Mojo]]|accessdate=April 27, 2009| archiveurl= https://web.archive.org/web/20090508083945/http://boxofficemojo.com/people/chart/?view=Actor&id=benaffleck.htm| archivedate= May 8, 2009 | deadurl= no}}</ref> but received a mixed response from critics. Elvis Mitchell of ''The New York Times'' said Affleck was "lost" in the role: "A big man, Mr. Affleck is shriveled by the one-dimensional role ... [Only his scenes with [[Jon Favreau]] have] a playful side that allows Mr. Affleck to show his generosity as an actor."<ref>{{cite news|url=https://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9400E0D7143AF937A25751C0A9659C8B63&partner=Rotten%2520Tomatoes|title=Daredevil: Blind Lawyer As Hero In Red|first=Elvis|last=Mitchell|publisher=New York Times|date=February 14, 2003|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> In 2014, Affleck described ''Daredevil'' as the "only movie I actually regret."<ref name="kinja1"/> He next appeared in the romantic comedy ''[[Gigli (film)|Gigli]]'' (2003), co-starring Lopez. ''Gigli'' received almost uniformly unfavorable reviews, with Manohla Dargis of the ''Los Angeles Times'' remarking: "A passable actor but a lousy star – the bigger the movie, the worse he comes across – Affleck doesn't have the chops or the charm to maneuver around (or past) bad material."<ref>{{cite news|url=http://articles.latimes.com/2003/aug/01/entertainment/et-dargis1|title=Gigli's faults: more than a couple|first=Manohla|last=Dargis|publisher=LA Times|date=August 1, 2003|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> Affleck has repeatedly defended director [[Marty Brest]] since the film's release,<ref>{{cite news|last=Vary |first=Adam B. |url=http://www.ew.com/article/2010/09/03/ben-affleck-calls-shots/5 |title= Ben Affleck calls the shots|publisher=EW.com |date=January 14, 2007 |accessdate=June 29, 2014}}</ref> describing Brest as "one of the really great directors".<ref>{{cite news|author=Film |url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/9646122/Ben-Affleck-talks-about-his-new-film-Argo.html |title=Ben Affleck talks about his new film, Argo |publisher=Telegraph |accessdate=June 29, 2014 |location=London |date=November 6, 2012}}</ref> In his final movie role of 2003, Affleck starred in the thriller ''[[Paycheck (film)|Paycheck]]'' (2003). Peter Bradshaw of ''The Guardian'' remarked upon Affleck's "self-deprecating charm. Is there no one who can find this man a script?"<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.theguardian.com/film/2004/jan/16/dvdreviews.shopping4|title=Paycheck|first=Peter|last=Bradshaw|publisher=The Guardian|date=January 15, 2004|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> Manohla Dargis of the ''Los Angeles Times'' commented: "Ben Affleck has had such a rough year (or so I've read) that it almost seems unfair to pick on either his newest film or latest nontabloid performance." Lisa Schwarzbaum of ''Entertainment Weekly'' felt the film offers further proof that Affleck "comes most alive playing men whose handsomeness covers reserves of nastiness."<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,565844,00.html|title=Paycheck|first=Lisa|last=Schwarzbaum|publisher=Entertainment Weekly|date=January 17, 2004|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref>
In 2004, Affleck actively campaigned for Democratic presidential nominee [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Kerry John Kerry].<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-71">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-71 [72]]</sup> During the first day of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Democratic_National_Convention 2004 Democratic National Convention], he was featured on ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_King_Live Larry King Live]'' with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tucker_Carlson Tucker Carlson] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Sharpton Al Sharpton].<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-72">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-72 [73]]</sup> [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_King Larry King] asked if he would consider running for office, and Affleck admitted to contemplating the proposition. Specific attention focused on whether he would run for Kerry's open Senate seat (as Affleck was from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massachusetts Massachusetts]). He noted that the line between politics and entertainment is becoming increasingly blurred, as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Reagan Ronald Reagan] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnold_Schwarzenegger Arnold Schwarzenegger] both came from the entertainment business.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-73">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-73 [74]]</sup>
 
   
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Affleck's poor critical notices continued in 2004 when he starred in the romantic comedy ''[[Jersey Girl (2004 film)|Jersey Girl]]'', directed by longtime collaborator Smith. Stephen Holden of ''The New York Times'' described Affleck as an actor "whose talent has curdled as his tabloid notoriety has spread."<ref>{{cite news|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/26/movies/26JERS.html|title=How to End a Career: Take a Baby to a News Conference|publisher=New York Times|date=March 26, 2004|accessdate=March 27, 2015|first=Stephen|last=Holden}}</ref> However, Joe Leydon of ''Variety'' found his onscreen role as a father "affecting"<ref>{{cite news|first=Joe|last=Leydon|url=http://variety.com/2004/film/reviews/jersey-girl-2-1200534502/|title=Jersey Girl|work=Variety|date=March 15, 2004}}</ref> while Mike Clark of ''USA Today'' remarked that the father-daughter scenes "bring out the best in Affleck."<ref>{{cite news|url=http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/movies/reviews/2004-03-25-jerseygirl_x.htm|archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20160801135728/http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/movies/reviews/2004-03-25-jerseygirl_x.htm|archivedate=2016-08-01|title='Jersey Girl': Feel-good fatherhood|publisher=USA Today|first=Mike|last=Clark|date=March 25, 2004|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> Later that year, he starred in the holiday comedy ''[[Surviving Christmas]]''. Holden of ''The New York Times'' remarked that the movie "found a clever way to use Ben Affleck's disagreeable qualities. The actor's shark-like grin, cocky petulance and bullying frat-boy swagger befit his character."<ref>{{cite news|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/22/movies/22surv.html|title=You Can't Go Home, or Perhaps You Just Shouldn't|first=Stephen|last=Holden|publisher=New York Times|date=October 22, 2004|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> Allison Benedikt of the ''Chicago Tribune'' described Affleck as a "great talk show guest, bad actor" and categorised ''Surviving Christmas'' as a film "in which it just doesn't matter, in which he can simply be Ben."<ref>{{cite news|url=http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2004-10-22/entertainment/0410220345_1_surviving-christmas-drew-latham-holidays|title=Movie review: Surviving Christmas|first=Allison|last=Benedikt|publisher=Chicago|accessdate=March 27, 2015|date=October 21, 2004}}</ref>
Affleck supports legalizing [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_marriage gay marriage], saying in 2004, "I don't think the government should be involved in any way in people's bedrooms or lives. With so much hatred and unpleasantness in the world, why would you want to get in the way of people who love each other marrying each other? Anybody who wants to be able to get married to anybody else should be able to. It's not my business."<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-74">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-74 [75]]</sup> He also appeared in a print advertisement with his openly [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay gay] cousin in support of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parents_and_Friends_of_Lesbians_and_Gays Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays].<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-75">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-75 [76]]</sup> Though supporting the Democratic ticket in 2004, Affleck disagreed with their position on regulation of firearms and increased [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_control gun control].<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-76">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-76 [77]]</sup>
 
   
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At this point, the quality of scripts offered to Affleck "was just getting worse and worse" and he decided to take a career break: "I was a little bit exhausted of myself and my life, so I wanted to try to control it or manage it."<ref name="ReferenceB"/><ref>Silverman, Stephen M.. (November 29, 2006) [http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1563972,00.html Ben Affleck: 'I Would Love' More Kids – Ben Affleck]. People.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> The ''Los Angeles Times'' published a piece on the downfall of Affleck's career in late 2004: "While the critics see Affleck as a big piñata and the tabloids see him as a reader magnet, few industry professionals seem to be gloating over Affleck's travails." Various producers and agents were interviewed, with [[Harvey Weinstein]] commenting: "He's one of the sweetest people I've ever met in this industry ... a great guy with an incredible personality and talent. I think the sky's the limit when he wants to focus. And he will."<ref>{{cite news|url=http://articles.latimes.com/2004/oct/27/entertainment/et-affleck27 |title=Ben's big fall |publisher=''Los Angeles Times'' |date=October 27, 2004 |first=Kim |last=Masters |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref>
Despite his opposition to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_W._Bush George W. Bush]'s policies as president, in an interview with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_O%27Reilly_(commentator) Bill O'Reilly] in July 2004 Affleck said, "I had the pleasure of and the honor of meeting the President of the United States at the Daytona 500. I found him to be a collegial, affable, kind guy." He went on to say Bush "is a patriot and he’s a man who believes in the country. He's trying to further an agenda he believes in. I happen to disagree with most of his policies, but I respect the man."<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-77">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-77 [78]]</sup>
 
   
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===2006–2015: Emergence as a director===
On December 21, 2010, Ben Affleck appeared on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NPR NPR] and criticized CEOs for making so much money. "CEOs' pay shouldn't be 200 times the average worker. It used to be nine times."<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-78">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-78 [79]]</sup> On November 4, 2010, Affleck was commended for returning a second check for $250,000 that was mistakenly sent to him for appearing at the opening of a casino at the Greenbriar resort.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-79">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-79 [80]]</sup>
 
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After marrying actress Jennifer Garner in 2005, and welcoming their first child, Affleck began to stage a career comeback in 2006. While both ''[[Man About Town (2006 film)|Man About Town]]'' and ''[[Smokin' Aces]]'' were little-seen,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://movies.about.com/od/directorinterviews/a/binder031107.htm|title=Mike Binder Talks 'Man About Town'|first=Fred|last=Topel|publisher=About Entertainment|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> Affleck won acclaim for his performance as [[George Reeves]] in the noir biopic ''[[Hollywoodland]]''. [[Peter Travers]] of ''[[Rolling Stone]]'' praised "an award-caliber performance ... This is feeling, nuanced work from an actor some of us had prematurely written off."<ref name="stone">{{Cite news|url=http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/reviews/hollywoodland-20060908|title=Hollywoodland: Review|last=Travers|first=Peter|date=September 7, 2006|work=[[Rolling Stone]]|accessdate=March 10, 2011}}</ref> Geoffrey Macnab of ''The Guardian'' wrote: "He plays the part beautifully, capturing the character's curious mix of charm, vulnerability and fatalism."<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.theguardian.com/film/2006/nov/07/features.features11 |title=Come fly with me |publisher=''The Guardian'' |date=November 7, 2006 |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> Manohla Dargis of ''The New York Times'' found Affleck "more than up to the task" of portraying Reeves as a tragic figure but was dismayed that he had "given this exasperating film far more than it gives in return."<ref>{{cite news|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/08/movies/08holl.html |title=The Quiet Desperation of Superman |publisher=''The New York Times'' |date=September 8, 2006 |first=Manohla |last=Dargis |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> He was awarded the [[Volpi Cup]] at the [[Venice Film Festival]] and was nominated for a [[Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture|Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor]].<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.goldenglobes.org/browse/member/28400 |title=HFPA – Awards Search |accessdate=June 10, 2008 |publisher=Golden Globes}}</ref> Also in 2006, he made a cameo in Smith's ''[[Clerks II]]''.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/movies/reviews/2006-07-20-clerks-review_x.htm|archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20150208001438/http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/movies/reviews/2006-07-20-clerks-review_x.htm|archivedate=2015-02-08|title=Inspired moments are too few in Clerks II|first=Scott|last=Bowles|publisher=USA Today|date=July 21, 2006|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> While they remain fans of each other's work,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://incontention.com/2010/11/10/interview-the-town-screenwriter-director-and-star-ben-affleck/ |title=INTERVIEW: ‘The Town’ screenwriter, director and star Ben Affleck |publisher=: |accessdate=June 29, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.thewrap.com/why-kevin-smith-prefers-ben-afflecks-batman-to-mr-mom-michael-keatons/|title=Why Kevin Smith Prefers Ben Affleck's Batman to 'Mr. Mom' Michael Keaton's|date=October 6, 2016|publisher=}}</ref> Affleck and Smith have had little contact since the making of ''Clerks II''.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://baileyandsouthside.com/interview-with-kevin-smith/|title=Kevin Smith|date=April 21, 2016|quote=|publisher= }}</ref>
==[[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ben_Affleck&action=edit&section=10&editintro=Template:BLP_editintro edit]] Personal life==
 
Affleck has described himself as a lapsed [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protestant Protestant].<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-dyny_10-1">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-dyny-10 [11]]</sup>
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ben_Affleck_2008.jpg][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ben_Affleck_2008.jpg]Affleck at the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_World_Series_of_Poker 2008 World Series of Poker].An avid poker player, Affleck has regularly entered local events. He has been tutored by poker professionals [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amir_Vahedi Amir Vahedi] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_Duke Annie Duke], and won the California State Poker Championship on June 20, 2004, taking home the first prize of $356,000, which qualified him for the 2004 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Poker_Tour World Poker Tour] final tournament.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-80">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-80 [81]]</sup> He is a fan of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Red_Sox Boston Red Sox],<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-81">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-81 [82]]</sup> [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_England_Patriots New England Patriots],<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-82">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-82 [83]]</sup> [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Celtics Boston Celtics],<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-83">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-83 [84]]</sup> and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Bruins Boston Bruins].<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-84">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-84 [85]]</sup>
 
===[[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ben_Affleck&action=edit&section=11&editintro=Template:BLP_editintro edit]] Family and relationships===
 
Affleck had a high-profile romance with actress [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwyneth_Paltrow Gwyneth Paltrow] in 1998, following her breakup with actor [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brad_Pitt Brad Pitt].<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-People_-_Bio_8-9">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-People_-_Bio-8 [9]]</sup> In 2002, he began dating actress/singer [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Lopez Jennifer Lopez], whom he had met prior to filming ''Gigli''.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-People_2_34-5">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-People_2-34 [35]]</sup> The same year, his engagement to Lopez was announced, and the relationship between the two received much attention from the entertainment media, who dubbed the couple "[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bennifer Bennifer]".<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-People_2_34-6">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-People_2-34 [35]]</sup> Despite a wedding planned for September 14, the couple broke up in 2004, both blaming the media attention - including an alleged incident in which Affleck partied with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Slater Christian Slater] and some [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lap_dancer lap dancers] in Vancouver.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-85">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-85 [86]]</sup> The negative publicity and media attention carried over to the 2003 film ''Gigli'', which also was a box office failure.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-86">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-86 [87]]</sup><sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-87">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-87 [88]]</sup>
 
   
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Affleck made his feature film directorial debut with ''[[Gone Baby Gone]]'' (2007), a crime drama set in a working-class Boston neighbourhood, starring his brother [[Casey Affleck|Casey]]. Affleck co‑wrote the screenplay, based on the [[Gone, Baby, Gone (novel)|book]] by [[Dennis Lehane]], with childhood friend Aaron Stockard, having first mentioned his intention to adapt the story in 2003.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://variety.com/2003/film/columns/lopez-flies-to-affleck-during-life-breaks-1117885433/|title=Lopez flies to Affleck during ‘Life’ breaks|first=Army|last=Archerd|date=May 1, 2003|publisher=}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.comingsoon.net/extras/features/2711-interviews-ben-affleck-talks-paycheck|title=Interviews: Ben Affleck Talks Paycheck - ComingSoon.net|date=December 15, 2003|publisher=}}</ref> It opened to enthusiastic reviews.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gone_baby_gone/ |title=Gone Baby Gone (2007) |publisher=[[Rotten Tomatoes]] |deadurl=yes |archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20150817101856/http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gone_baby_gone/ |archivedate=August 17, 2015 }}</ref> Jim Ridley of the ''Village Voice'' remarked: "Affleck has created something of a blue-moon rarity: an American movie of genuine moral complexity."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.villagevoice.com/2007-10-09/film/beantown-boys-make-good/ |title=Beantown Boys Make Good |publisher=Village Voice |date=October 9, 2007 |first=Jim |last=Ridley |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> Claudia Puig of ''USA Today'' described it as "an auspicious debut as a filmmaker"<ref>{{cite news|url=http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/movies/reviews/2007-10-18-gone-baby-gone_N.htm|archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20160321200649/http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/movies/reviews/2007-10-18-gone-baby-gone_N.htm|archivedate=2016-03-21 |title=Forget the brotherly hype: 'Gone Baby Gone' is just great |publisher=''USA Today'' |date=October 18, 2007 |first=Claudia |last=Puig |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> while Manohla Dargis of ''The New York Times'' praised the film's "sensitivity to real struggle ... Mr. Affleck doesn’t live in these derelict realms, but, for the most part, he earns the right to visit."<ref>{{cite news|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/19/movies/19gone.html |title=Human Frailty and Pain on Boston's Mean Streets |publisher=''The New York Times'' |date=October 19, 2007 |first=Manohla |last=Dargis |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> Similarly, Stephen Farber of ''[[The Hollywood Reporter]]'' praised the "thoughtful, deeply poignant, splendidly executed" film.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/gone-baby-gone-158168 |title=Gone Baby Gone |work=[[The Hollywood Reporter]] |date=September 4, 2007 |first=Stephen |last=Farber |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> [[Amy Ryan]] received a nomination for the [[Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.reuters.com/article/people-oscars-ryan-1-dc-idUSKRA60318620080216|title=Who needs an Oscar? Amy Ryan already is a winner|date=February 16, 2008|publisher=|via=Reuters}}</ref>
He subsequently began seeing his ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daredevil_(film) Daredevil]'' co-star, actress [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Garner Jennifer Garner], and the two were engaged after nine months of dating.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-People_2_34-7">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-People_2-34 [35]]</sup> Affleck and Garner were married on June 29, 2005 in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turks_and_Caicos_Islands Turks and Caicos], located in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_Ocean Atlantic Ocean] north of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiti Haiti] and the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominican_Republic Dominican Republic].<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-88">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-88 [89]]</sup> They have two daughters, Violet Anne, born in December 2005<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-89">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-89 [90]]</sup> and Seraphina Rose Elizabeth, born in January 2009.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-90">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-90 [91]]</sup> It was announced on August 22, 2011 that the couple is expecting their third child, due in early 2012.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-91">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-91 [92]]</sup> They have a vacation home in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savannah,_Georgia Savannah, Georgia].<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-92">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-92 [93]]</sup>
 
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While Affleck intended to "keep a primary emphasis on directing" going forward in his career,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Ben-Affleck-behind-the-camera-in-Gone-Baby-Gone-2536579.php|title=Ben Affleck behind the camera in 'Gone Baby Gone'|publisher=}}</ref> he returned to acting in 2009, starring in three features. In the ensemble romantic comedy ''[[He's Just Not That Into You (film)|He's Just Not That Into You]]'', the chemistry between Affleck and [[Jennifer Aniston]] was praised,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.ew.com/article/2009/02/04/hes-just-not-you|title=He's Just Not That Into You - EW.com|publisher=}}</ref> with Ty Burr of ''The Boston Globe'' describing them as "the two most appealing people in the movie – both actors let their maturity show in unexpected ways."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://archive.boston.com/ae/movies/articles/2009/02/06/when_will_she_be_loved_1233858484/|title=Love and star power mingle in 'He's Just Not That Into You' – The Boston Globe|publisher=}}</ref> Although the film generated mostly mixed reviews,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/hesjustnot|title=He's Just Not That Into You (2009): Reviews|date=February 6, 2009|publisher=[[Metacritic]]|accessdate=June 4, 2009}}</ref> it was a commercial success.<ref name="earnings" /> Affleck played a congressman in the political thriller ''[[State of Play (film)|State of Play]]''. Wesley Morris of ''The Boston Globe'' found him "very good in the film's silliest role"<ref>{{cite web|url=http://archive.boston.com/ae/movies/articles/2009/04/17/state_of_play/?page=2|title='State of Play' chases juicy story and lionizes print reporters – The Boston Globe|publisher=}}</ref> but David Edelstein of ''New York Magazine'' remarked of Affleck: "He might be smart and thoughtful in life [but] as an actor his wheels turn too slowly."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://nymag.com/listings/movie/state-of-play/|title=State of Play|publisher=}}</ref> He had a supporting role as a bartender in the little-seen comedy film ''[[Extract (film)|Extract]]''.<ref>{{Cite news|first=Christy |last=Lemire |url=http://www.salon.com/2009/09/04/extract/ |title=Review: 'Extract' tastes too bland |accessdate=December 28, 2009 |date=August 31, 2009 |work=[[Salon (website)|Salon]]}}</ref> Claudia Puig of ''USA Today'' stated that Affleck "ought to do more quirky character roles rather than leading-man parts in action films."<ref>{{cite news|url=http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/movies/reviews/2009-09-03-extract_N.htm|archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20150118021249/http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/movies/reviews/2009-09-03-extract_N.htm|archivedate=2015-01-18|title=Extract pulls together a fine comedic ensemble|first=Claudia|last=Puig|publisher=USA Today|date=September 3, 2009|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> Peter Travers of ''Rolling Stone'' described his performance as "a goofball delight"<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/reviews/extract-20090903|title=Extract|first=Peter|last=Travers|publisher=Rolling Stone|date=September 3, 2009|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> while Manhola Dargis of ''The New York Times'' declared it as "a real performance."<ref>{{cite news|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/04/movies/04extract.html |title=Working in the Salt Mines: The Boss's View |publisher=''The New York Times'' |date=September 3, 2009 |first=Manohla |last=Dargis |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> In 2010, Affleck starred in ''[[The Company Men]]'' as a mid-level sales executive who is made redundant during the financial crisis.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.npr.org/2010/12/21/132225128/Ben-Afflect-Deals-With-Jobless-In-Company-Men |title=Affleck: When 'Company Men' Lose A Firm Footing |publisher=NPR |date=December 21, 2010 |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> David Denby of ''The New Yorker'' declared that Affleck "gives his best performance yet"<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/12/20/roundup-4 |title=Roundup |publisher=''The New Yorker'' |first=David |last=Denby |date=December 20, 2010 |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> while Richard Corliss of ''Time'' found he "nails Bobby's plunge from hubris to humiliation."<ref>{{cite news|url=http://content.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,2036615,00.html |title=The Company Men: You're Hired! |publisher=''Time'' |date=January 22, 2011 |first=Richard |last=Corliss |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref>
Affleck entered [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drug_rehabilitation alcohol rehab] in 2001, with a spokesman for the actor saying that "Ben is a self-aware and smart man who had decided that a fuller life awaits him without alcohol."<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-93">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-93 [94]]</sup> He quit [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cigarette_smoking smoking] after starring in ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smokin%27_Aces Smokin' Aces]'', in which he was required to smoke heavily, and lost his taste for it after a week of chain-smoking for his role.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-94">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Affleck#cite_note-94 [95]]</sup>
 
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Following the modest success of ''Gone Baby Gone'', [[Warner Bros.]] developed a close working relationship with Affleck and offered him his choice of the studio's scripts.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ben-affleck-thr-cover-argo-oscar-377611?page=4 |title=THR Cover: Confessions of Ben Affleck |publisher=Hollywoodreporter.com |accessdate=June 29, 2014}}</ref> He decided to direct the crime drama ''[[The Town (2010 film)|The Town]]'' (2010), an adaptation of [[Chuck Hogan]]'s novel ''Prince of Thieves''. He also starred in and co-wrote the film. A.O. Scott of ''The New York Times'' praised Affleck's "skill and self-confidence as a director"<ref>{{cite news|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/17/movies/17town.html |title=Bunker Hill to Fenway: A Crook's Freedom Trail |publisher=''The New York Times'' |date=September 16, 2010 |first=A.O. |last=Scott |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> while Kenneth Turan of the ''Los Angeles Times'' praised his "genuine gift for directing."<ref>{{cite news|url=http://articles.latimes.com/2010/sep/17/entertainment/la-et-town-20100917 |title=Movie review: 'The Town' |publisher=''Los Angeles Times'' |date=September 17, 2010 |first=Kenneth |last=Turan |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> Claudia Puig of ''USA Today'' remarked: "Affleck has a keen eye for cinematic stories ... He may be en route to master-filmmaker status."<ref>{{cite news|url=http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/movies/reviews/2010-09-17-townrev17_ST_N.htm|archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20160730234639/http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/movies/reviews/2010-09-17-townrev17_ST_N.htm|archivedate=2016-07-30 |title=Gritty, thrilling 'The Town' is truly Ben Affleck's territory |publisher=''USA Today'' |date=September 17, 2010 |first=Claudia |last=Puig |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> Roger Ebert of the ''Chicago Sun-Times'' noted: "Affleck has the stuff of a real director. Everything is here. It's an effective thriller, he works closely with actors, he has a feel for pacing."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-town-2010 |title=THE TOWN |publisher=Rogerebert.com |date=September 15, 2010 |first=Roger |last=Ebert |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> The film was a box office success.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://deadline.com/2010/09/first-box-office-ben-afflecks-the-town-surprises-for-1-easy-a-2-devil-3-alpha-omega-5-68227/|title=Ben Affleck's 'The Town' Surprises For #1; 'Easy A' #2, 'Devil' #3, 'Alpha & Omega' #5|first=Nikki|last=Finke|date=September 19, 2010|publisher=}}</ref> [[Jeremy Renner]] was nominated for the [[Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor]] while [[Pete Postlethwaite]] was nominated for the [[BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor]]. Also in 2010, Affleck and Damon's production company, Pearl Street Films, signed a first-look producing deal at Warner Bros.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://variety.com/2010/film/news/affleck-damon-in-talks-with-warner-bros-1118015392/|title=Affleck, Damon in talks with Warner Bros.|first=Dave|last=McNary|date=February 17, 2010|publisher=}}</ref>
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Affleck soon began work on his next directorial project for Warner Bros. ''[[Argo (2012 film)|Argo]]'' (2012), written by [[Chris Terrio]] and starring Affleck, tells the story of the [[CIA]] operation to save six diplomats during the 1979 [[Iran hostage crisis]] by faking a production for a large-scale [[science fiction]] film. Anthony Lane of ''The New Yorker'' said the film offered "further proof that we were wrong about Ben Affleck"<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2012/10/15/film-within-a-film |title=Film Within a Film |publisher=''The New Yorker'' |date=October 15, 2012 |first=Anthony |last=Lane |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> while Kenneth Turan of the ''Los Angeles Times'' was impressed by Affleck's "instinct for storytelling."<ref>{{cite news|url=http://articles.latimes.com/2012/oct/11/entertainment/la-et-mn-argo-review-20121012 |title=Review: 'Argo' is a Hollywood story with a real-world outcome |publisher=''Los Angeles Times'' |date=October 11, 2012 |first=Kenneth|last=Turan |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> Peter Travers of ''Rolling Stone'' remarked: "Affleck takes the next step in what looks like a major directing career ... He directs the hell out of it, nailing the quickening pace, the wayward humor, the nerve-frying suspense."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/reviews/argo-20121011 |title=Argo |publisher=''Rolling Stone'' |date=October 11, 2012 |first=Peter |last=Travers |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> The film was a major commercial success.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-milestone-ben-afflecks-420721|title=Box Office Milestone: Ben Affleck's 'Argo' Hitting $200 Million Worldwide|publisher=}}</ref> ''Argo'' won the [[Academy Award for Best Picture|Academy Award]], [[Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama|Golden Globe Award]] and [[BAFTA Award for Best Film|BAFTA Award]] for [[Academy Award for Best Picture|Best Picture]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/sag-awards-with-critics-choice-golden-globes-pga-and-sag-wins-argo-now-challenges-lincoln-video |title=SAG Awards: With Critics Choice, Globes, PGA and SAG Wins, 'Argo' Now Challenges 'Lincoln' |publisher=Indiewire.com |date=January 27, 2013 |accessdate=February 11, 2013}}</ref> Affleck won the [[Golden Globe Award for Best Director|Golden Globe Award]], [[Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film|Directors Guild of America Award]] and [[BAFTA Award for Best Direction|BAFTA Award]] for Best Director, becoming the first director to win these awards without a nomination for the [[Academy Award for Best Director]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/argo-director-ben-afflecks-oscar-412794|title=How to Fix Oscar's Baffling Snub of Ben Affleck (Analysis)|publisher=}}</ref> [[Alan Arkin]]'s nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor meant that Affleck's first three films all secured Academy Award nominations for an actor or actress in a supporting role.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.awardsdaily.com/2013/02/21/can-alan-arkin-win-for-argo-and-other-questions-about-supporting-actor/|title=Can Alan Arkin Win for Argo and Other Questions about Supporting Actor|first=Sasha|last=Stone|publisher=}}</ref>
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Affleck played a romantic lead in [[Terrence Malick]]'s drama ''[[To the Wonder]]'' (2013). Malick is a close friend of Affleck's godfather and had offered notes on the ''Good Will Hunting'' screenplay in the 1990s.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.indiewire.com/2011/01/how-do-you-like-that-terrence-malick-gave-ben-affleck-matt-damon-notes-on-good-will-hunting-121047/|title=How Do You Like That? Terrence Malick Gave Ben Affleck & Matt Damon Notes On ‘Good Will Hunting’ - IndieWire|first=Oliver|last=Lyttelton|publisher=}}</ref> Peter Bradshaw of ''The Guardian'' enjoyed "a performance of dignity and sensitivity"<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/feb/21/to-the-wonder-review|title=To the Wonder|first=Peter|last=Bradshaw|publisher=The Guardian|date=February 21, 2013|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> while ''The New Yorker'' 's Richard Brody described Affleck as "a solid and muscular performer" who "conveys a sense of thoughtful and willful individuality without weighing himself down with the emphatic acting-out of character traits."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.newyorker.com/culture/richard-brody/the-cinematic-miracle-of-to-the-wonder|title=The Cinematic Miracle of 'To The Wonder'|first=Richard|last=Brody|publisher=The New Yorker|date=April 10, 2013|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> Affleck's performance as a poker boss was considered a highlight of the poorly-reviewed thriller ''[[Runner Runner (film)|Runner Runner]]'' (2013).<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/movies/runner-runner-review-talented-cast-director-deal-a-weak-hand/2013/10/03/e93a29a8-2c4e-11e3-8ade-a1f23cda135e_story.html|title=Runner Runner review: Talented cast, director deal a weak hand|first=Ann|last=Hornaday|publisher=Washington Post|date=October 3, 2013|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> Andrew Barker of ''Variety'' said: "Affleck threatens to make this whole film worthwhile ... ''Runner Runner's'' appeal increases dramatically whenever Affleck enters the frame."<ref>{{cite news|url=http://variety.com/2013/film/reviews/runner-runner-film-review-1200665983/|title=Film Review: Runner Runner|first=Andrew|last=Barker|publisher=Variety|date=September 25, 2013|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> Betsy Sharkey of the ''Los Angeles Times'' remarked that it was "one killer of a character, and Affleck plays him like a Bach concerto — every note perfectly played."<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-runner-runner-20131004-story.html|title='Runner Runner' runs hot, cold with Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake|first=Betsy|last=Sharkey|publisher=LA Times|date=October 3, 2013|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> Affleck then pushed back production on his own directorial project to star as a husband accused of murder in [[David Fincher]]'s psychological thriller ''[[Gone Girl (film)|Gone Girl]]'' (2014).<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/sep/27/david-fincher-gone-girl-ben-affleck|title=David Fincher on Gone Girl: ‘Bad things happen in this movie…’|work=the Guardian}}</ref> Fincher cast him partly because he understood what it felt like to be misrepresented by tabloid media: "What many people don’t know is that he's crazy smart, but since he doesn’t want that to get awkward, he downplays it. I think he learned how to skate on charm."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2014/09/david-fincher-googled-ben-afflecks-smile-gone-girl|title=Gone Girl Director David Fincher Cast Ben Affleck After Googling His Nervous Smile|author=Joanna Robinson|work=Vanity Fair}}</ref> [[David Edelstein]] of ''New York Magazine'' noted that Fincher's controlled style of directing had a "remarkable" effect on Affleck's acting: "I never thought I’d write these words, but he carries the movie. He's terrific."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.vulture.com/2014/09/movie-review-gone-girl.html |title=David Fincher Puts Ben Affleck's Evasiveness to Good Use in Gone Girl |publisher=''Vulture'' |date=October 1, 2014 |first=David |last=Edelstein |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> Todd McCarthy of ''The Hollywood Reporter'' praised a "beautiful balancing act of a performance"<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movie/gone-girl/review/734451 |title='Gone Girl': Film Review |work=The Hollywood Reporter| date=September 21, 2014 |first=Todd |last=McCarthy |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> while Justin Chang of ''Variety'' found Affleck "perfectly cast as Nick Dunne": "It's a tricky turn, requiring a measure of careful underplaying and emotional aloofness, and he nails it completely."<ref>{{cite news|url=http://variety.com/2014/film/reviews/film-review-gone-girl-1201308847/ |title=Film Review: ‘Gone Girl’ |publisher=''Variety'' |date=September 21, 2014 |first=Justin |last=Chang |accessdate=October 7, 2014 }}</ref> In 2015, Affleck and Damon's ''Project Greenlight'' was resurrected by HBO for one season.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/the-unsinkable-effie-brown-makes-hbos-project-greenlight-a-must-see-im-not-his-favorite-person-20151012|title=The Unsinkable Effie Brown Makes HBO's ‘Project Greenlight’ a Must-See: "I’m not his favorite person"|first=Anne|last=Thompson|date=October 12, 2015|publisher=}}</ref>
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|''<span style="display: none;">Dark End of the Street, The</span>The Dark End of the Street''
 
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===2016–present: Batman role and continued directing===
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The announcement of Affleck's casting as [[Batman]] in the 2016 superhero film ''[[Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice]]'' was met with intense fan backlash,<ref>{{cite news| url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2015/07/12/paging-hair-and-makeup-ben-affleck-makes-his-first-public-appearance-since-splitting-with-jennifer-garner-at-comic-con/ | work=The Washington Post | title=Paging hair and makeup! Ben Affleck makes his first public appearance since splitting with Jennifer Garner — at Comic-Con | date=July 12, 2015}}</ref> but his performance ultimately received a positive reception. Richard Roeper of the ''Chicago Sun-Times'' remarked: "All the Internet resistance to Affleck being cast as Batman seems silly when you see him ... There's not a moment when we don’t believe Affleck as Bruce Wayne or as Batman."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/batman-v-superman-many-muscular-moments-in-clash-of-heroes/|title='Batman v Superman': Many muscular moments in clash of heroes|publisher=}}</ref> Andrew Barker of ''Variety'' found him "a winningly cranky, charismatic presence"<ref>{{cite web|url=http://variety.com/2016/film/reviews/batman-v-superman-review-dawn-of-justice-1201735801/|title=Film Review: ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’|first=Andrew|last=Barker|date=March 22, 2016|publisher=}}</ref> while Brian Truitt of ''USA Today'' enjoyed his "strong take" on the character: "Affleck's Batman is a surprisingly emotional one. [He] seamlessly moves between Batman and Bruce Wayne."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2016/03/22/review-batman-v-superman-dawn-of-justice-movie/82089610/|title=Review: New heroes shine in 'Batman v Superman'|publisher=}}</ref> Affleck briefly reprised his role as Batman in ''[[Suicide Squad (film)|Suicide Squad]]'' later that year. In late 2016, Affleck starred as an autistic accountant in [[Gavin O'Connor (director)|Gavin O'Connor]]'s action thriller ''[[The Accountant (2016 film)|The Accountant]]''. The film was a commercial success, greatly exceeding box office expectations.<ref name="accountanthit">{{cite news|last1=Lincoln|first1=Kevin|title=The Accountant Is a Hit, and Ben Affleck Is Truly a Movie Star Again|url=http://www.vulture.com/2016/10/account-and-affleck-win-at-the-box-office.html|accessdate=18 March 2017|publisher=New York Magazine|date=October 16, 2016}}</ref> David Edelstein of ''New York Magazine'' remarked that Affleck "seemed less a lug in his last two films [but] he doesn’t rise to the occasion here ... A more imaginative actor might have found eccentric ways to let you glimpse the character's chaotic insides."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.vulture.com/2016/10/review-the-accountant.html|title=The Muddled Elements of The Accountant Somehow Add Up to a Decent Time|date=October 14, 2016|publisher=}}</ref> Stephen Holden of ''The New York Times'' wondered why Affleck, "looking appropriately dead-eyed and miserable," committed himself to the film.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/14/movies/review-in-the-accountant-a-savant-with-daddy-issues-has-a-dark-secret.html|title=Review: In ‘The Accountant,’ Ben Affleck Plays a Savant With a Dark Secret|date=October 13, 2016|work=The New York Times}}</ref> However, Peter Debruge of ''Variety'' felt Affleck's "boy-next-door" demeanour – "so normal and non-actorly that most of his performances feel like watching one of your buddies up on screen" – was "a terrific fit" for the role.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://variety.com/2016/film/reviews/the-accountant-review-ben-affleck-1201883932/|title=Film Review: ‘The Accountant’|first=Peter|last=Debruge|date=October 12, 2016|publisher=}}</ref>
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Affleck's fourth directorial project, ''[[Live by Night (film)|Live by Night]]'', was released in late 2016.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://deadline.com/2016/06/lego-movie-live-by-night-bastards-geostorm-warner-bros-release-dates-shifted-1201774989/|title=Warner Bros Pushes ‘Lego Movie 2’ Release To 2019|first=Ross A.|last=Lincoln|date=June 18, 2016|publisher=}}</ref> He also starred in the [[Prohibition in the United States|Prohibition]]-era gangster drama, which he adapted from the [[Dennis Lehane]] [[Live by Night|novel]]. The film received largely unenthusiastic reviews and failed to recoup its $65 million production budget.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-why-ben-afflecks-live-by-night-martin-scorseses-silence-fared-poorly-964185|title=Box Office: Why Ben Affleck's 'Live by Night' and Martin Scorsese's 'Silence' Fared So Poorly|publisher=}}</ref> David Sims of ''The Atlantic'' criticised Affleck's "stiff, uncomfortable" performance and described it as "a fascinating mess of a movie": "One of the film’s final set pieces, a chaotic shootout between warring mobs in an opulent Tampa hotel, is so wonderfully staged, its action crisp and easy to follow, that it reminds you what skill Affleck has with the camera. Next time, he should perhaps confine himself behind it."<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/01/ben-affleck-live-by-night-review/512972/|title='Live by Night' Is Too Epic for Its Own Good|first=David|last=Sims|publisher=}}</ref> Similarly, Richard Lawson of ''Vanity Fair'' enjoyed the supporting performances and the "excitingly staged" action scenes: "But there’s a clunking in the machinery, something Affleck the director maybe could have detected and fixed—had Affleck the actor not been blinding him to it."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/12/ben-affleck-live-by-night-review|title=Ben Affleck’s Live By Night Is a Vanity Project That Works, Sometimes|first=Richard|last=Lawson|publisher=}}</ref>
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|''<span style="display: none;">Voyage of the Mimi, The</span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Voyage_of_the_Mimi The Voyage of the Mimi]''
 
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Affleck will reprise his role as Batman in ''[[Justice League (film)|Justice League]]'' in November 2017.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://variety.com/2016/film/news/warner-bros-official-justice-league-plot-logo-1201800699/|title=‘Justice League’: New Details Emerge About DC’s Superhero Movie|date=June 21, 2016|publisher=}}</ref> In 2018, he is expected to film a Batman film, directed by [[Matt Reeves]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://theplaylist.net/batman-likely-wont-start-filming-2018-20170315/|title='The Batman' Likely Won't Start Filming Until 2018|date=March 15, 2017|publisher=}}</ref> Affleck initially intended to direct the film, in addition to starring in it, but later stepped down, saying in a statement that "I cannot do both jobs to the level they require."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://variety.com/2017/film/news/ben-affleck-the-batman-will-not-direct-1201971566/|title=Ben Affleck Will Not Direct ‘The Batman’ (EXCLUSIVE)|website=[[Variety (magazine)|Variety]]|first=Justin|last=Kroll|date=January 30, 2017|accessdate=January 30, 2017}}</ref> He has two directorial projects in development. Warner Bros. acquired the rights to [[Nathaniel Philbrick]]'s ''[[Battle of Bunker Hill|Bunker Hill]]: A City, A Siege, A Revolution'' in 2013 as a potential directing vehicle for Affleck<ref>{{cite web|url=http://deadline.com/2016/04/aaron-stockard-bunker-hill-ben-affleck-matt-damon-nathaniel-philbrick-book-pearl-street-1201732476/|title=Aaron Stockard To Adapt Nathaniel Philbrick Revolutionary War Tale ‘Bunker Hill’ For Pearl Street's Affleck & Damon|first=Mike Fleming|last=Jr|date=April 5, 2016|publisher=}}</ref> and, in 2016, it was announced that Aaron Stockard is writing an adapted screenplay for the project.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://variety.com/2016/film/news/writer-ben-affleck-bunker-hill-movie-1201746691/|title=Aaron Stockard Set to Write Ben Affleck's ‘Bunker Hill’ Movie|first=Dave|last=McNary|date=April 5, 2016|publisher=}}</ref> He is also attached to direct and star in [[20th Century Fox|Fox]]'s adaptation of [[Agatha Christie]]'s "[[The Witness for the Prosecution]]".<ref>{{cite web|url=http://variety.com/2016/film/news/ben-affleck-witness-for-the-prosecution-1201841040/|title=Ben Affleck Directing, Starring in ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ Remake|first=Dave|last=McNary|date=August 19, 2016|publisher=}}</ref>
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[[File:Ben Affleck testifying to Congress on the Democratic Republic of Congo..jpg|thumb|left||Affleck in 2011, testifying before the [[United States House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations|House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights]]]]
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After travelling in the region between 2007 and early 2010, Affleck and [[Whitney Williams]] co-founded the nonprofit organization [[Eastern Congo Initiative]] in 2010.<ref>{{cite news |url=http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/africa/03/22/congo.affleck/index.html |title=Ben Affleck Launches Aid Group for Eastern Congo |publisher=CNN |accessdate=August 31, 2010 | date=March 23, 2010}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://montanan.umt.edu/issues/fall-2015/just-ask-whitney/default.php|title=Just Ask Whitney|publisher=}}</ref> ECI acts as a grant maker for Congolese-led, community-based charities<ref name="amanpour.blogs.cnn.com">{{cite news|url=http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/2010/03/23/ben-affleck-launches-initiative-for-congo-aid/|title=Ben Affleck launches initiative for Congo aid|publisher=|accessdate=October 8, 2014|work=CNN|date=March 23, 2010}}</ref> and offers training and resources to cooperatives of Congolese farmers while leveraging public-private partnerships with companies including [[Theo Chocolate]] and [[Starbucks]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.easterncongo.org/success-stories/cbo-success-stories/detail/236|title=CBO Success Story Details|publisher=|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.marketplace.org/topics/business/ben-affleck-sustainable-aid-eastern-congo|title=Ben Affleck on sustainable aid in the Eastern Congo|publisher=Marketplace|first=David|last=Brancaccio|date=December 8, 2014|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> ECI also aims to raise public awareness and drive policy change in the US.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ben-affleck-launches-initiative-to-support-local-solutions-in-eastern-congo-88826822.html|title=Ben Affleck Launches Initiative to Support Local Solutions in Eastern Congo|date=March 22, 2010|publisher=|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref>
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Affleck has written op-eds about issues facing eastern Congo for the ''Washington Post'',<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/29/AR2010112904242.html?nav=hcmoduletmv|title=Ben Affleck – Ben Affleck: How the United States can help secure Congo|publisher=|accessdate=October 8, 2014|work=The Washington Post|date=November 30, 2010}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ben-affleck-congo-urgently-needs-us-help/2012/11/29/828cd2c2-37ef-11e2-8a97-363b0f9a0ab3_story.html|title=Ben Affleck: Congo urgently needs U.S. help|work=Washington Post|accessdate=October 8, 2014|date=November 29, 2012}}</ref> ''Politico'',<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0612/77386.html|title=Opinion: Ending child mortality – Ben Affleck and Rajiv Shah|work=POLITICO|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> the ''Huffington Post''<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ben-affleck/joseph-kony-ben-affleck_b_1344323.html?ref=entertainment&ir=Entertainment|title=Kony 2012: Westerners Are Not And Will Never Be The 'Saviors' Of Africa|date=March 14, 2012|work=The Huffington Post|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> and ''Time''.<ref>Chi, Paul. (February 16, 2009) [http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20259408,00.html Ben Affleck Urges Hope in Eastern Congo - Good Deeds, Ben Affleck]. People.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> He has appeared as a discussion panelist at many events, including at the [[Center for Strategic and International Studies]],<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.politico.com/click/stories/1011/affleck_kerry_join_forces.html|title=Ben Affleck, John Kerry join forces|publisher=|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> the [[Global Philanthropy Forum]]<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X31zuLZ_YQ|title=In Conversation With Ben Affleck and Laurene Powell Jobs|work=YouTube|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> and the [[Clinton_Foundation#Clinton_Global_Initiative_.28CGI.29_and_CGI_U|Clinton Global Initiative]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maura-kelly/ben-affleck-bono-and-stin_b_12123640.html|title=Ben Affleck, Bono, and Sting Help Bill Clinton Convene Final Clinton Global Initiative.|first=Maura|last=Kelly|date=September 26, 2016|publisher=}}</ref> During visits to Washington D.C., Affleck has testified before the [[United States House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations|House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights]],<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.politico.com/click/stories/1103/affleck_mccain_on_congo.html |title=Congo crisis pairs Ben Affleck, Cindy McCain – PATRICK GAVIN &#124; POLITICO CLICK |publisher=Politico.com |date=March 8, 2011 |accessdate=June 29, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbE5n2TljsU |title=Ben Affleck and Cindy Mccain's Passion (03.07.11) |publisher=YouTube |accessdate=June 29, 2014}}</ref> the [[United States House Committee on Armed Services|House Armed Services Committee]],<ref>{{cite news|url=http://articles.latimes.com/2012/dec/19/entertainment/la-et-mn-ben-affleck-testifies-about-the-congo-in-washington-20121219|title=Ben Affleck testifies in Congress about war-torn Congo|work=Los Angeles Times|accessdate=October 8, 2014|first=John|last=Horn|date=December 19, 2012}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ben-affleck-passes-u-s-senate-run-article-1.1227086|title=Ben Affleck passes on U.S. Senate run|publisher=}}</ref> the [[United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations|Senate Foreign Relations Committee]],<ref>{{cite web|url=http://bigstory.ap.org/article/affleck-casts-spotlight-situation-congo|title=Affleck casts spotlight on situation in Congo|work=The Big Story|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> and the [[United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs|Senate Appropriations Committee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Projects]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ben-affleck-bill-gates-nonprofits-praised-senate-hearing-article-1.2163229|title=Ben Affleck, Bill Gates nonprofits praised at Senate hearing|publisher=}}</ref>
|''<span style="display: none;">Second Voyage of the Mimi, The</span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Second_Voyage_of_the_Mimi The Second Voyage of the Mimi]''
 
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Affleck has been a supporter of the A-T Children's Project since 1998. While filming ''Forces of Nature'', Affleck struck up a conversation with an onlooker, ten-year-old Joe Kindregan (1988–2015),<ref>{{cite web|url=http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Joseph-Kindregan&lc=4855&pid=175323443&mid=6523635|title=Joseph Kindregan Obituary – Demaine Funeral Home – Springfield VA|publisher=}}</ref> who had the rare disease [[ataxia-telangiectasia]] (A-T).<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/family/celebrity-interviews/celebrity-charity-work#slide-1|title=Celebrities Talk About Charity – Celebrity Quotes About Charity Work – Good Housekeeping|date=July 6, 2010|work=Good Housekeeping|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> Affleck and Kindregan developed a friendship, communicating via e-mail and phone.<ref name="people.com">{{cite web|url=http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20134995,00.html|title=A Friend in Need|publisher=|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> Kindregan and his family visited Affleck on many movie sets and attended many premieres.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwP6y-S59_I|title=Joe Kindregan and Ben Affleck|work=YouTube|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> Affleck was actively involved in fundraising for A-T<ref name="autogenerated3"/><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.people.com/people/gallery/0,,20397214_20803490,00.html|title=Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner's Happy Marriage|publisher=|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> and, in 2001, Affleck and Kindregan testified before the [[United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies|House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, and Education]], asking senators to support stem-cell research and to double the budget of the [[National Institutes of Health]].<ref name="people.com"/> In 2007, Affleck was the keynote speaker at Kindregan's high school graduation ceremony in Fairfax, Virginia.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.accesshollywood.com/articles/ben-affleck-heads-back-to-school-to-honor-graduate-59648/|title=Ben Affleck Heads Back To School To Honor Graduate|publisher=}}</ref> Kindregan appeared as an extra in Affleck's ''Argo'' (2012).<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.accesshollywood.com/joe-kindregan-on-his-heartwarming-friendship-with-ben-affleck-over-the-years_video_1429835|title=Joe Kindregan On His Heartwarming Friendship With Ben Affleck Over The Years|work=Access Hollywood|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> In 2013, in celebration of "Joe Kindregan's 25th birthday as well as our 15 years of friendship with Joe and his family," Affleck and his wife Jennifer Garner matched donations made to the A-T Children's Project.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://atcp.org/affleckgarnermatch|title=A-T Children's Project|publisher=|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> Also in 2013, he appeared in ''CinemAbility'', a film documentary which explores Hollywood's portrayals of people with disabilities.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.jasonsconnection.org/meet-jenni-gold-director-cinemability-part-2/|archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20160308105933/http://www.jasonsconnection.org/meet-jenni-gold-director-cinemability-part-2/|archivedate=2016-03-08|title=Meet Jenni Gold – Director of Cinemability – Part 2 – Jason's Connection|work=Jason's Connection|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref>
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[[File:AffleckFeedAmerica09 (cropped).jpg|thumb|Affleck speaking at a [[Feeding America]] rally in 2009]]
|''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almost_Home_(Canadian_TV_series) Almost Home]''
 
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As part of [[United Service Organizations|USO]]-sponsored tours, Affleck visited marines stationed in the Persian Gulf in 2003<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,627284,00.html|title=Affleck Follows Fleet to Persian Gulf|work=PEOPLE.com|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> and troops at Germany's [[Ramstein Air Base]] in 2017.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.facebook.com/pg/USOEurope/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1020459158055741|title=USO Europe|publisher=}}</ref> He is a supporter of [[Paralyzed Veterans of America]].<ref>{{cite news|url=http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/08/27/ben-affleck-poker-champ-in-denver/|title=Ben Affleck: Poker Champ in Denver|work=WSJ|accessdate=October 8, 2014|date=August 27, 2008}}</ref> He held a benefit for the organization at the 2010 premiere of ''The Town'',<ref name="ReferenceC">{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-6VMUQFBqo|title=2013 Paralyzed Veterans Humanitarian Award to Ben Affleck|work=YouTube|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> and filmed public service announcements in both 2009 and 2014.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzT5VaXlyuI|title=Ben Affleck Supports Paralyzed Veterans|work=YouTube|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.ispot.tv/ad/76Sg/paralyzed-veterans-of-america-promise-featuring-ben-affleck|title=Paralyzed Veterans of America TV Commercial, 'Promise' Featuring Ben Affleck|work=iSpot.tv|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> He has also volunteered on behalf of [[Operation Gratitude]].<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.operationgratitude.com/2007/11/ben-affleck-joins-volunteers-at-holiday-drive-kick-off/|title=Ben Affleck Joins Volunteers at Holiday Drive Kick-Off|publisher=|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2151123/posts|title=Affleck, Other Celebrities Help Volunteers Assemble Care Packages|publisher=|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref>
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Affleck is a member of [[Feeding America]]'s Entertainment Council.<ref>[http://bostoncommon-magazine.com/personalities/articles/in-good-company?page=2 Ben Affleck On Acting and Activism]. Bostoncommon-magazine.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=http://blogs.denverpost.com/style/2008/08/28/help-feed-america/205/|title=Help Feed America|work=Mile High Style|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> He made an appearance at the [[Greater Boston Food Bank]] in 2007.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.socialitelife.com/ben_affleck_visits_boston_food_bank-06-2007|title=Ben Affleck Visits Boston Food Bank|date=June 5, 2007|work=Socialite Life|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> Affleck spoke at a Feeding America rally in Washington D.C. in 2009<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.politico.com/blogs/anneschroeder/0109/A_little_concert_sponsored_by_Feeding_America.html|title=A little concert sponsored by Feeding America|publisher=|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> and filmed a public service announcement for the charity in 2010.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/gossip/2010/11/matt-damon-ben-affleck-feeding-america-psa.html|title=Matt Damon, Ben Affleck reunite for Feeding America|publisher=|accessdate=October 8, 2014|work=Los Angeles Times|date=November 18, 2010}}</ref> In 2011, Affleck and [[Ellen DeGeneres]] launched Feeding America's Small Change Campaign.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://variety.com/2015/film/news/ben-affleck-honored-by-writers-guild-with-valentine-davies-award-1201405183/|title=Ben Affleck Honored by Writers Guild With Valentine Davies Award|first=Dave|last=McNary|date=January 14, 2015|publisher=}}</ref> Also in 2011, Affleck and [[Howard Graham Buffett]] co-wrote an article for ''The Huffington Post'', highlighting the "growing percentage of the food insecure population that is not eligible for federal nutrition programs."<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ben-affleck/map-the-meal-gap-its-time_b_842873.html|title=Hometown Hunger USA|date=March 31, 2011|work=The Huffington Post|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref>
|''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daddy_(1991_film) Daddy]''
 
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Affleck has described himself as "moderately [[Modern liberalism in the United States|liberal]]."<ref name="foxnews.com">{{cite news|url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/2004/07/28/ben-affleck-talks-politics/|title=Ben Affleck Talks Politics|work=Fox News|accessdate=October 8, 2014|date=July 28, 2004}}</ref> He was raised in "a very strong union household."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.salon.com/2000/11/08/reacts_ny/|title=Ben Affleck: "I hope Nader can still sleep"|work=Salon|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> In 2000, he spoke at a rally at [[Harvard University]] in support of an increased living wage for all workers on campus. Affleck, whose father and stepmother were janitors at Harvard, urged the crowd to "make this a school where you don't have to avert your eyes in shame when you see a janitor in the hallway."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/2000/05.11/rally.html|archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20060901150506/http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2000/05.11/rally.html|archivedate=2006-09-01|title=Damon, Affleck rally to living wage cause|publisher=|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> He later narrated a documentary, ''Occupation'' (2002), about a sit-in organized by the Harvard Living Wage Campaign.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.salon.com/2002/06/03/razsa/|title=Welcome to the occupation|work=Salon|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> In 2004, Affleck and Senator [[Ted Kennedy]] held a press conference on Capitol Hill, pushing for an increase in the minimum wage.<ref>Ingrassia, Lisa. (April 30, 2004) [http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,632698,00.html New D.C. Duo: Ben Affleck and Ted Kennedy – Ben Affleck, Ted Kennedy]. People.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> In 2007, he spoke at a press conference at Boston's City Hall in support of [[Service Employees International Union|SEIU]]'s unionization efforts for the city's low-paid hospital workers.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.boston.com/business/globe/articles/2007/10/17/affleck_stumps_for_hospital_workers/|title=Affleck backs efforts to organize Boston teaching hospital workers|work=Boston.com|accessdate=October 8, 2014|first=Jeffrey|last=Krasner|date=October 17, 2007}}</ref> During the [[2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike|Writers' Strike]] in 2008, Affleck voiced support for the picketers.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.extratv.com/2008/01/16/ben-on-strike-every-day-is-a-shame/|title=Ben on Strike: 'Every Day is a Shame'|work=Extra|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> He has criticised the [[Bush tax cuts]] on many occasions.<ref name="philly2003">{{cite web|url=http://articles.philly.com/2003-10-17/entertainment/25464571_1_skull-roy-horn-katey-sagal|title=Ben the 'Patriot' can't fathom 'girlfriend' attention|work=Philly.com|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/26/politics/trail/26TRAIL-BEN.html|title=Ben Affleck Plays Himself at Convention|date=July 26, 2004|publisher=|work=The New York Times|first=Carl|last=Hulse}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2004-07-27/news/0407270110_1_delegation-orlando-international-airport-roast|title=Ben Affleck's Message On Taxes: Don't Give Me A Break|work=Orlando Sentinel|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref>
|''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_Ties School Ties]''
 
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Affleck is [[United States pro-choice movement|pro-choice]]. In a 2000 interview, he stated that he believes "very strongly in a woman's right to choose."<ref name="salon.com"/> In 2012, he supported the [[Center for Reproductive Rights|Draw the Line]] campaign, describing reproductive rights as "fundamental."<ref>{{cite web|url=https://twitter.com/BenAffleck/status/261638047119073280|title=Ben Affleck on Twitter: "I'm joining Meryl Streep & Amy Poehler to put the gov't on notice: @ReproRights are fundamental|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> Affleck was a longtime supporter of legalizing [[gay marriage]],<ref name="autogenerated2">[http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0403/16/lkl.00.html CNN.com – Transcripts]. Transcripts.cnn.com (March 16, 2004). Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> saying in 2004 that he hoped to look back on the marriage debate "with some degree of embarrassment for how antiquated it was."<ref>{{cite book|url=https://books.google.com/?id=a6sj_xhQ50UC&pg=PA100&lpg=PA100&dq=ben+affleck+convention+2004#v=onepage&q=ben%20affleck%20convention%202004&f=false|title=Quotable Queer|publisher=|accessdate=October 8, 2014|isbn=9781610593724}}</ref> Also that year, he remarked that it was "outrageous and offensive" to suggest members of the [[transgender]] community were not entitled to equal rights.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.salon.com/2004/07/28/celebs_4/|title=Hollywood celebs speak out in Boston|work=Salon|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> In 2005, he appeared alongside his openly gay cousin in a [[Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays]] print advertising campaign.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://goqnotes.com/top2005/top11_022605.html|title=Q-Notes Online|publisher=|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.stayclose.org/campaign/celebrity.asp?id=2 |title=Ben Affleck & his cousin Jason |publisher=stayclose.org |accessdate=September 22, 2007| archiveurl= https://web.archive.org/web/20070927004707/http://www.stayclose.org/campaign/celebrity.asp?id=2| archivedate= September 27, 2007 | deadurl= no}}</ref> In 2007, Affleck filmed a public service announcement for [[Divided We Fail]], a nonpartisan [[AARP]] campaign seeking affordable, quality healthcare for all Americans.<ref>[http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20159722,00.html Ben Affleck, Reese Witherspoon Debut Political Ads – Ben Affleck, Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon]. People.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref>
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Affleck appeared at a press conference with New York Senator [[Chuck Schumer]] in 2002, in support of a proposed Anti-Nuclear Terrorism Prevention Act.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.people.com/people/gallery/0,,629481_622368,00.html|title=Ben Affleck Soars to Sexy – The Advocate – Ben Affleck |work=People|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> In 2003, he criticised the "questionable and aggressive" use of the [[Patriot Act]] and the resulting "encroachments on civil liberties."<ref name="philly2003"/> A reporter from ''The Washington Post'' overheard Affleck "railing about the [[Gaza War (2008–09)|Israeli invasion of Gaza]]" at a Washington party in 2009.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://voices.washingtonpost.com/sleuth/2009/01/the_fifth_and_final_night.html|title=The Sleuth – Grande Finale of Inauguralpalooza: God, Gays and Gaza|work=The Washington Post|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> [[Steven Clemons]], a participant in the conversation, responded: "He impressed me with his passion and the level of detailed understanding that he had about the dilemmas we face in the Middle East. He has his views — and he's not shy about broadcasting them, but he also listens to alternative takes ... What Affleck spoke about that night was reasoned, complex and made a lot of sense."<ref name="washingtonnote.com">{{cite web|url=http://washingtonnote.com/david_corn_and/|title=David Corn, Policy, DC Parties, and Me|work=The Washington Note|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> Later that year, in a ''New York Times'' interview, Affleck remarked that his views were closer to those of the [[Israeli Labor Party]] than [[Likud]].<ref name="curious">{{cite news|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/07/nyregion/07affleck.html?_r=0|title=The Curious Friendship of Weiner and Affleck|first=Michael|last=Barbaro|work=New York Times|date=May 6, 2009|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref>
|''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffy_the_Vampire_Slayer_(film) Buffy the Vampire Slayer]''
 
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During the 2008 presidential campaign, Affleck expressed concerns about [[Barack Obama religion conspiracy theories|conspiracy theories claiming Barack Obama was an Arab or a Muslim]]: "This prejudice that we have allowed to fester in this campaign ... the acceptance of both of those things as a legitimate slur is really a problem."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://interactivefundamentals.journalism.cuny.edu/2008/10/19/colin-powell-ben-affleck-campbell-brown-reject-use-of-arabmuslim-as-slur/|archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20160915114343/http://interactivefundamentals.journalism.cuny.edu/2008/10/19/colin-powell-ben-affleck-campbell-brown-reject-use-of-arabmuslim-as-slur/|archivedate=2016-09-15|title=Colin Powell, Ben Affleck, Campbell Brown Reject Use of Arab/Muslim as Slur – Fundamentals of Interactive Journalism|publisher=}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cifamerica/2008/oct/22/mccain-obama-muslim-powell|title=Wajahat Ali: Powell's remarks rebut the idea of Muslims as political kryptonite|first=Wajahat|last=Ali|date=October 22, 2008|publisher=}}</ref> In 2012, he praised Senator [[John McCain]]'s "leadership" in defending [[Huma Abedin]] against anti-Muslim attacks.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://twitter.com/BenAffleck/status/226028074091806720|title=Ben Affleck on Twitter: "Great to see leadership like this. Thank you @SenJohnMcCain"|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0712/78666.html|title=John McCain blasts ‘unjust’ attacks on Huma Abedin|work=POLITICO|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> In 2014, Affleck engaged in a discussion about the relationship between liberal principles and Islam during an appearance on ''[[Real Time with Bill Maher]]''.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vln9D81eO60&t=3s|title=Ben Affleck, Sam Harris and Bill Maher Debate Radical Islam - Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)|first=|last=Real Time with Bill Maher|date=October 6, 2014|publisher=|via=YouTube}}</ref> In 2017, he said: "I strongly believe that no one should be stereotyped on the basis of their race or religion. It’s one of the most fundamental tenets of liberal thought."<ref name="auto1">{{cite web|url=https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/jan/01/ben-affleck-my-dreams-have-true-come-at-a-price|title=Ben Affleck: ‘My wildest dreams have come true, but at a price’|first=Martyn|last=Palmer|date=January 1, 2017|publisher=|via=The Guardian}}</ref>
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Affleck is a supporter of the [[Second Amendment to the United States Constitution|Second Amendment]].<ref name="foxnews.com"/> In a 2012 interview, he said he owns several guns, both for [[skeet shooting]]<ref name="espn.go.com">{{cite web|url=http://espn.go.com/page2/s/questions/affleck.html|title=Page2 – Ben Affleck|work=ESPN|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> and for the protection of his family.<ref name="hollywoodreporter1">{{cite news|url=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ben-affleck-thr-cover-argo-oscar-377611|title=THR Cover: Confessions of Ben Affleck|date=October 10, 2012|work=The Hollywood Reporter|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> Affleck does not support the death penalty.<ref name="dailymail1">{{cite news|url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1020936/Now-Ben-Affleck-shout-about.html|title=Now Ben Affleck has something to shout about|work=Mail Online|accessdate=October 8, 2014|location=London}}</ref>
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In 2006, Affleck appeared alongside then-Senator [[Barack Obama]] at a rally in support of [[California Proposition 87 (2006)|Proposition 87]], which sought to reduce petroleum consumption in favour of alternative energy.<ref name="nbclosangeles1">{{cite web|url=http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Angelenos-Invited-to-Public-Inauguration-Celebrations.html|title=Angelenos Invited to Public Inauguration Celebrations|work=NBC Southern California|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> In 2007, he appeared in a global warming awareness video produced by the [[Center for American Progress Action Fund]].<ref>Stockton, Paysha. (July 23, 2007) [http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20047730,00.html VIDEO: Ben Affleck Stars in 'Corny' Environmental Ad – Ben Affleck, Matt Damon]. People.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> Also that year, Affleck admitted he was not "particularly good at being green"<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.nbcnews.com/id/19110556/ns/msnbc-hardball_with_chris_matthews/t/hardball-chris-matthews-june/#.U_H57lZ38ds|title='Hardball with Chris Matthews' for June 7|work=msnbc.com|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> and, in 2014, he named "a [[Chevrolet Chevelle|1966 Chevelle]]" as his guilty pleasure.<ref name="kinja1" /> In 2016, Affleck filmed an endorsement for Rezpect Our Water, an online petition to stop the construction of [[Dakota Access Pipeline protests|Dakota Access Pipeline]].<ref>{{cite web|last1=Yee|first1=Laurence|title=‘Justice League’ Cast Supports Dakota Access Pipeline Opposition|url=http://variety.com/2016/film/news/justice-league-cast-dakota-access-pipeline-opposition-ben-affleck-jason-momoa-1201853886/|website=Variety|accessdate=20 March 2017}}</ref>
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In the early 2000s, Affleck often expressed an interest in one day running for political office.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30687-2002May29_4.html The 'Sum' and The Substance]. washingtonpost.com (May 30, 2002). Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> However, since 2007, he has denied any political ambitions and spoken repeatedly about the need for [[Campaign finance reform in the United States|campaign finance reform]].<ref name="nbcnews.com">{{cite web|url=http://www.nbcnews.com/id/19110556/ns/msnbc-hardball_with_chris_matthews/t/hardball-chris-matthews-june/#.U-i7CFZ38ds|title='Hardball with Chris Matthews' for June 7|work=msnbc.com|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/14/AR2010091406198.html|title='The Town,' 'Casino Jack' and 'Client 9' take the stage at Toronto Film Festival|work=Washington Post|accessdate=October 8, 2014|first=Ann|last=Hornaday|date=September 15, 2010}}</ref><ref name="auto1"/> In 2005, ''The Washington Post'' reported that Virginia Democrats were trying to persuade Affleck to run as a Senate candidate in his wife's home state.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/26/AR2005092601991.html|title=Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts – Picture This: Ben Affleck, Senator From Va.|work=The Washington Post|accessdate=October 8, 2014|date=September 27, 2005}}</ref> His publicist dismissed the rumor.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0509/27/sbt.01.html|title=Transcripts|publisher=CNN|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> In 2012, political pundits and Democratic strategists including [[Bob Shrum]] and [[Tad Devine]] speculated that Affleck was considering running for a Massachusetts Senate seat.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/21/ben-affleck-for-senate-actor-could-be-formidable-massachusetts-candidate.html?source=socialflow&account=thedailybeast&medium=twitter|title=Ben Affleck for Senate? Actor Could Be Formidable Massachusetts Candidate|work=The Daily Beast|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> Affleck denied the rumor, joking: "Also won't be throwing my hat in the ring to run the U.N."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-congress/2012/12/affleck-passes-on-senate-run-152759.html?hp=l2|title=Affleck passes on Senate run|author=Mike Zapler|work=POLITICO|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=167719729|title=Affleck On 'Argo' And The 1979 Hostage Crisis|date=January 15, 2013|work=NPR.org|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref>
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Affleck registered as a member of the [[Democratic Party (United States)|Democratic Party]] in 1992 and has campaigned on behalf of a number of Democratic presidential nominees. He supported [[Al Gore]] in the final weeks of the [[United States presidential election, 2000|2000 presidential campaign]], attending rallies in California,<ref>{{cite web|first=Monique |last=Simpson |url=https://web.archive.org/save/http://dailybruin.com/2000/10/31/gore-rallies-supporters-in-wes/ |title=Gore rallies supporters in Westwood |accessdate=June 9, 2008 |date=November 1, 2000 |work=[[Daily Bruin]]</ref> Pennsylvania<ref>{{cite web|url=http://articles.mcall.com/2000-11-06/news/3333901_1_ben-affleck-gore-tickets|title=Stars Shine In Bethlehem At Election Rally For Gore Road Show For Dems Features Martin Sheen, Ben Affleck, Rob Reiner.|work=The Morning Call|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> and Florida.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2000/nov/8/20001108-013135-6826r/?page=all|title=Gore and exhausted team stay up late, sweating it out|work=The Washingtion Times|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> On Election Day, he made an appearance on ''[[The Rosie O'Donnell Show]]'', urging viewers to vote because "the president will appoint three or four Supreme Court justices ... I'm about to go vote."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/celebrity/ben-affleck-hollywood-hypocrite|title=Ben Affleck, Hollywood Hypocrite|work=The Smoking Gun|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> It later transpired that Affleck was unable to vote due to a registration issue in [[New York (state)|New York]], where he was then residing: "I'm going to vote twice next time, in true Boston fashion."<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30687-2002May29_4.html|title=The 'Sum' and The Substance|work=Washington Post|accessdate=October 8, 2014|date=May 30, 2002}}</ref>
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Affleck was involved in the [[United States presidential election, 2004|2004 presidential campaign]] of [[John Kerry]]. During the Democratic National Convention in Boston, Affleck spoke to many delegations, appeared on political discussion shows and attended fundraising events.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A19580-2004Jul27.html|title=From Beantown to Bentown|work=Washington Post|accessdate=October 8, 2014|date=July 28, 2004}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=https://www.wsj.com/news/articles/SB122460352265754455|title=Speaking for Kerry|date=July 30, 2004|work=WSJ|accessdate=October 8, 2014|first=Peggy|last=Noonan}}</ref> Affleck took part in a voter registration PSA,<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/its-all-in-the-family-as-comedy-central-r-and-norman-lears-declare-yourself-team-up-to-promote-voting-among-young-people-through-a-co-branded-voter-psa-campaign-71394087.html|title=It's 'All in the Family!' as COMEDY CENTRAL (R) and Norman Lear's 'Declare Yourself' Team-Up to Promote Voting Among Young People Through a Co-Branded Voter PSA Campaign|date=July 23, 2004|agency=PR Newswire|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> and traveled with Kerry during the opening weekend of his Believe in America Tour, making speeches at rallies in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/30_ap_dnckerry/|title=MPR: Kerry defines himself as a soldier, father and man of values|date=July 29, 2004|publisher=Minnesota Public Radio|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref>
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Affleck appeared alongside then-Senator [[Barack Obama]] at a 2006 rally, introducing him as "the most galvanizing leader to come out of either party, in my opinion, in at least a decade."<ref name="nbclosangeles1"/> He donated to Obama's presidential campaign in 2007.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/fecimg/?28932818168|title=PAGE BY PAGE REPORT DISPLAY FOR 28932800001 (Page 17168 of 32264)|publisher=|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> Affleck hosted two fundraisers for Obama during the [[Democratic Party presidential primaries, 2008|2008 Democratic Primary]].<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.boston.com/ae/celebrity/articles/2008/03/17/affleck_garner_create_their_own_political_party/|title=Affleck, Garner create their own political party|work=Boston.com|accessdate=October 8, 2014|first1=Carol|last1=Beggy|first2=Mark|last2=Shanahan|date=March 17, 2008}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20216659,00.html|title=The Afflecks & Damons: Baby Bumps for Obama|work=PEOPLE.com|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> Affleck urged voters to "help make history" in a [[MoveOn.org]] campaign<ref>{{cite web|url=http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/1177-moveon-launches-video-contest-to-help-obama|title=MoveOn launches video contest to help Obama|work=TheHill|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> and made several appearances during the 2008 Democratic National Convention.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.cleveland.com/people/index.ssf/2008/08/_the_morning_after_80.html|title=Madonna kicks off her concert tour; Ben Affleck heading to Denver; Da Brat heading to the big house: The Morning After|work=cleveland.com|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> In the week of the presidential election, Affleck appeared on ''Saturday Night Live'' to playfully endorse Senator [[John McCain]] because "my support has the opposite effect."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.express.co.uk/news/showbiz/69220/Affleck-backs-Obama-on-Saturday-Night-Live|title=Affleck backs Obama on Saturday Night Live|work=Express.co.uk|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> Affleck did not actively campaign for Obama's reelection in 2012.<ref name="hollywoodreporter1"/> However, he stated: "I like the president, I’m going to vote for the president."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/11/ben-affleck-says-romney-surprised-him-with-an-amazing-debate-performance-video/|title=Affleck: Romney had 'amazing' debate performance [VIDEO] |work=The Daily Caller|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> "I don't feel disappointed [in his performance]. I'm someone who views politics practically."<ref name="youtube1">{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hIWUehx2XE|title=Ben Affleck on Argo, Iran and Obama|work=YouTube|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref>
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In 2000, Affleck introduced Senate candidate [[Hillary Clinton]] at a [[Cornell University]] rally and helped fundraise for her campaign.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/2000/11/09/the-reliable-source/de716930-ecda-493b-bd38-65ec7142e87a/?utm_term=.14d6e54bc44f|title=The Reliable Source|first1=Lloyd|last1=Grove|first2=Lloyd|last2=Grove|date=November 9, 2000|publisher=|via=washingtonpost.com}}</ref> Affleck, who first met the Clintons at [[Camp David]] in 1998,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://aboutcampdavid.blogspot.ie/2014/06/good-will-hunting-screening-at-camp.html|title=About Camp David|publisher=|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> pointed to the First Lady's work with children, women and "working families."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://alb.merlinone.net/mweb/wmsql.wm.request?oneimage&imageid=6046387|title=Clinton, Lazio embark upstate for a final dash|first=Lara|last=Jakes|work=Times Union|date=October 29, 2000|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> Affleck supported Obama during the 2008 Democratic Primary, noting that Clinton had "moved toward the center" during the campaign.<ref name="nbcnews.com"/> He supported Clinton during the [[Democratic Party presidential primaries, 2016|2016 Democratic Primary]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/248219-entertainers-open-their-wallets-to-hillary|title=Hollywood stars shell out for Hillary|work=TheHill}}</ref> In 2016, he recorded a New Hampshire voter PSA<ref>{{Cite news|url=https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/oct/28/ranking-celebrity-psa-presidential-election-spots-ben-affleck-scarlett-johansson|title=Vote Hollywood: ranking this presidential election's celebrity PSAs|last=Schilling|first=Dave|date=2016-10-28|newspaper=The Guardian|language=en-GB|issn=0261-3077|access-date=2016-12-22}}</ref> and was named by the Clinton campaign as a 'Hillblazer' – one of 1,100 individuals who had contributed or raised at least $100,000.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://fortune.com/2016/09/24/clinton-bundler-fundraising/|title=Elite Bundlers Raise More Than $113 Million for Hillary Clinton|date=September 24, 2016|publisher=}}</ref>
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|''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glory_Daze Glory Daze]''
 
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Affleck has supported a number of other Democratic politicians. In 2002, he donated to [[Dick Gephardt]]'s Congressional campaign<ref name="campaignmoney.com">{{cite web|url=http://www.campaignmoney.com/biography/ben_affleck.asp|title=Ben Affleck Biography – Money, Politics, Biography of Ben Affleck, Campaign Contributions|publisher=|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> and appeared in campaign literature for former classmate [[Marjorie Decker]], running as a city councillor in Massachusetts.<ref>[http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,624618,00.html Political Roles for Damon and Affleck – Ben Affleck, Matt Damon]. People.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> In 2003, he made donations to the presidential campaigns of both [[Dennis Kucinich]] and [[Wesley Clark]],<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/2004/07/27/ben-affleck-everywhere-at-boston-convention/|title=Ben Affleck Everywhere at Boston Convention|work=Fox News|accessdate=October 8, 2014|date=July 27, 2004}}</ref> and, in 2005, he donated to the campaign fund of [[Deval Patrick]], a candidate for Governor of Massachusetts.<ref>[http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1142607,00.html Jen & Ben Get Political – Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner]. People.com (December 26, 2005). Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> In 2006, Affleck contributed to [[Cory Booker]]'s Newark mayoral campaign.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.buzzfeed.com/rubycramer/cory-booker-is-the-only-one-excited-about-ben-affleck-playin#3lnvt7d|title=Cory Booker Is The Only One Excited About Ben Affleck Playing Batman — Maybe Because He's A Donor|author=RuCramer|work=BuzzFeed|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> Also that year, Affleck introduced Congressmen [[Joe Courtney (politician)|Joe Courtney]] and [[Chris Murphy (Connecticut politician)|Chris Murphy]] at rallies in Connecticut.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://articles.courant.com/2006-11-04/news/0611040683_1_uconn-new-voters-5th-district-seat|title=Affleck: Star Adds His Clout To Courtney, Murphy Campaigns|work=Hartford Courant|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> In 2008, he donated to the Congressional campaign of Pennsylvania's [[Patrick Murphy (Pennsylvania politician)|Patrick Murphy]]<ref name="campaignmoney.com"/><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.rollcall.com/news/after_two_losses_pennsylvanias_patrick_murphy_waits_in_the_wings-217375-1.html|title=After Two Losses, Pennsylvania's Patrick Murphy Waits in the Wings|work=Roll Call|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> while, in 2010, he donated to the Senate campaign of [[Kirsten Gillibrand]].<ref name="campaignmoney.com"/> In 2012, Affleck hosted a fundraiser for Senate candidate [[Elizabeth Warren]],<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ben-affleck-elizabeth-warren-fundraiser-spielberg-damon-327714|title=Ben Affleck-Hosted Fundraiser for Elizabeth Warren Draws Big Stars, Big Bucks|author=Tina Daunt|date=May 22, 2012|work=The Hollywood Reporter|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> endorsed her in a [[Progressive Change Campaign Committee]] video,<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ben-affleck-psa-elizabeth-warren-386277|title=Ben Affleck Stars in Spot for Hometown Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren (Exclusive Video)|date=November 4, 2012|work=The Hollywood Reporter|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> and made a campaign donation.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/fecimg/?12020530044|title=PAGE BY PAGE REPORT DISPLAY FOR 12020530006 (Page 39 of 5002)|publisher=|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> In 2013, he hosted a fundraiser for Senate candidate Cory Booker,<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/matt-damon-ben-affleck-host-615157|title=Matt Damon, Ben Affleck to Co-Host Cory Booker Fundraiser (Exclusive)|author=Tina Daunt|date=August 27, 2013|work=The Hollywood Reporter|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> and made donations to the campaigns of both Booker and [[Alison Lundergan Grimes]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/188430-hollywood-a-list-gangs-up-on-mcconnell|title=Hollywood A-list gangs up on McConnell-|work=TheHill|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://thehill.com/news/campaign/214990-hollywood-tries-to-save-senate-for-dems|title=Hollywood pumps cash to save Senate majority for Democrats|author=Judy Kurtz|work=TheHill|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> In 2014, Affleck made a further donation to Grimes' Senate campaign through the Kentucky State Democratic Party.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://itemizer.herokuapp.com/filing/952331/schedule/sa#11ai-000136006|title=Itemizer|publisher=|accessdate=October 8, 2014}}</ref> In 2015, Affleck donated to the campaign of Senate candidate [[Kamala Harris]] while, in 2016, he donated to the Congressional campaign of [[Melissa Gilbert]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.opensecrets.org/usearch/?q=ben%20affleck&cx=010677907462955562473:nlldkv0jvam&cof=FORID:11|title=OpenSecrets.org Search|publisher=}}</ref>
|Jack
 
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===Family===
|''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Will_Hunting Good Will Hunting]''
 
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Affleck began dating actress [[Jennifer Garner]] in mid-2004,<ref name="people5">[http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1051815,00.html Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Engaged – Marriage, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner]. People.com (April 19, 2005). Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> having established a friendship on the sets of ''Pearl Harbor'' (2001) and ''Daredevil'' (2003).<ref>[http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20145517,00.html Scoop – Ben Affleck]. People.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> They were married on June 29, 2005, in a private [[Turks and Caicos Islands|Turks and Caicos]] ceremony.<ref>[http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1080007_3,00.html Under the Radar – Page 3 – Marriage, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner]. People.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> [[Victor Garber]], who officiated the ceremony, and his husband Rainer Andreesen were the only guests.<ref>Garber on ''[[The View (U.S. TV series)|The View]]'' September 27, 2006, via {{cite news| url=http://www.contactmusic.com/news/garber-ordained-to-officiate-garner-and-affleck-wedding_1009479 | title=Garber Ordained To Officiate Garner And Affleck Wedding| publisher= ContactMusic.com |agency= [[World Entertainment News Network]]| date= September 28, 2006| accessdate= June 5, 2014 | archivedate= March 31, 2013 | archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20130331012241/http://www.contactmusic.com/news/garber-ordained-to-officiate-garner-and-affleck-wedding_1009479| deadurl=no}}</ref> Affleck and Garner have three children: daughters Violet Anne (b. December 2005)<ref>{{Cite news|url=http://www.people.com/people/article/0,26334,1139179,00.html|archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20160303223556/http://www.people.com/people/article/0,26334,1139179,00.html|archivedate=2016-03-03|title=Ben & Jen's Baby Violet Settles In|date=December 8, 2005|work=[[People (magazine)|People]]|accessdate=2017-03-17}}</ref> and Seraphina "Sera" Rose Elizabeth (b. January 2009),<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20252295,00.html|title=Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck Reveal Baby's Name|last=Jordan|first=Julie|date=January 13, 2009|work=[[People (magazine)|People]]|accessdate=October 26, 2011}}</ref> and son Samuel "Sam" Garner (b. February 2012).<ref name="son">{{cite web|url=http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20560766,00.html|title=Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck Welcome Third Child|work=[[People (magazine)|People]]|accessdate=February 28, 2012}}</ref> Affleck and Garner announced their intention to divorce on June 30, 2015.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.people.com/article/ben-affleck-jennifer-garner-split|title=Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Divorcing After 10 Years of Marriage|work=People|first1=Michelle|last1=Tauber|first2=Elizabeth|last2=Leonard|date=June 30, 2015|accessdate=June 30, 2015}}</ref><ref name="vanityfair.com">{{cite web|url=http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/02/jennifer-garner-talks-kids-career-ben-affleck|title=Exclusive: Jennifer Garner's Frank Talk About Kids, Men, and Ben Affleck|first=Krista|last=Smith|publisher=}}</ref>
|Chuckie Sullivan
 
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|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Award_for_Best_Writing_(Original_Screenplay) Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay)] shared with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Damon Matt Damon][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Globe_Award_for_Best_Screenplay Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay] shared with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Damon Matt Damon]Nominated—[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screen_Actors_Guild_Award_for_Outstanding_Performance_by_a_Cast_in_a_Motion_Picture Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture]
 
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Post-separation, both Affleck and Garner continue to live with their children in a [[Cliff May]]-designed [[Ranch-style house|ranch house]] in [[Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.people.com/article/ben-affleck-jennifer-garner-divorce-split-living-together|title=Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck Will Continue to Live Together|work=PEOPLE.com}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=http://variety.com/2009/dirt/real-estalker/update-ben-affleck-and-jennifer-garner-2-1201229130/|title=UPDATE: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner|work=Variety|accessdate=October 8, 2014|first=Mark|last=David|date=March 4, 2009}}</ref> Additional residences included an apartment in [[Manhattan, New York]],<ref name="hollywoodreporter1"/> a ski chalet at the [[Yellowstone Club]] in [[Big Sky, Montana]],<ref>Us Weekly, page 51, issue 1063, June 29, 2015</ref> a beachhouse at [[Baker's Bay Golf & Ocean Club]] in [[the Bahamas]]<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.people.com/article/ben-affleck-jennifer-garner-divorce-bahamas-resort-bakers-bay|title=Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Stay at Baker's Bay Amid Divorce: Details : People.com|work=PEOPLE.com}}</ref> and a [[Antebellum architecture|Greek Revival]]-style home with an 83-acre estate on the secluded Hampton Island near [[Savannah, Georgia]].<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ben-affleck-thr-cover-argo-oscar-377611?page=show |title=THR Cover: Confessions of Ben Affleck |work=The Hollywood Reporter |accessdate=June 29, 2014}}</ref>
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While Affleck believes paparazzi attention is "part of the deal" of stardom, he has spoken out against paparazzi interest in his children.<ref name="youtube.com">{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEYJG4NDQZM |title=Paparazzi Wars: Jennifer Garner, Halle Berry Fight for Kids' Protection |publisher=YouTube |date=August 13, 2013 |accessdate=June 29, 2014}}</ref><ref name="content.time.com">{{cite news|last=Stein |first=Joel |url=http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2126108-4,00.html |title=Ben Affleck Directs One of the Year's Best Films |work=Time |date=October 15, 2012 |accessdate=June 29, 2014}}</ref> He has called for legislation to require paparazzi to maintain a certain distance from children and to blur their faces in published photos.<ref name="kinja1" />
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Affleck had a three-year relationship with actress [[Gwyneth Paltrow]] from 1997 to 2000. They began dating in October 1997,<ref name="angelfire2">[http://www.angelfire.com/biz6/athena2/interviews/talk1000.html Ben in Talk Magazine]. Angelfire.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> after meeting at a [[Miramax]] dinner,<ref name="youtube-stern">{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NwHG_EfSmQ|title=Howard Stern Interviews Gwyneth Paltrow|date=January 14, 2015|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> and later worked together on ''Shakespeare in Love'' (1998). Although they first broke up in January 1999, months later, Paltrow persuaded Affleck to co-star with her in ''Bounce'' (2000) and they soon resumed their relationship.<ref>{{cite news|last=Lidz|first=Frank |title=Ben Affleck Shocker: I Bargained With Devil for Fame|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2000/09/10/movies/film-ben-affleck-shocker-i-bargained-with-devil-for-fame.html?scp=7&sq=affleck&st=cse&pagewanted=3|work=New York Times|date=September 10, 2000}}</ref> They separated again in October 2000.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=101970 Gwyneth Talks Sex, Exes – ABC News]. Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> In a 2015 interview, Paltrow said she and Affleck remain friends.<ref name="youtube-stern" />
|''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Going_All_the_Way Going All the Way]''
 
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|Tom "Gunner" Casselman
 
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Affleck had an eighteen-month relationship with actress/singer [[Jennifer Lopez]] from 2002 to 2004, during which they became engaged. They began dating in July 2002, after meeting on the set of ''Gigli'' (2003), and later worked together on the "[[Jenny from the Block]]" music video<ref>{{cite news|url=http://articles.latimes.com/2007/oct/14/entertainment/ca-affleck14|title=Ben Affleck's roller coaster takes a new turn|first=Patrick|last=Goldstein|publisher=LA Times|date=October 14, 2007|accessdate=March 27, 2015}}</ref> and ''Jersey Girl'' (2004).<ref>Silverman, Stephen M.. (January 26, 2003) [http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20138503,00.html J.Lo and Ben's Jewels of Engagement – Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez]. People.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> Their relationship received extensive media coverage.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2011/09/jennifer-lopez-201109|title=Jenny Back on the Block|first=Lisa|last=Robinson|publisher=}}</ref> They became engaged in November 2002<ref>[http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,624998,00.html Ben's Proposal 'Beautiful,' Says Lopez – Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez]. People.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> but their planned wedding on September 14, 2003, in [[Santa Barbara, California]] was postponed with four days' notice because of "excessive media attention".<ref>[http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,624672,00.html Lopez, Affleck Postpone Weekend Wedding – Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez]. People.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> They broke up in January 2004.<ref>[http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,627481,00.html Ben & Jen Call Off Engagement – Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez]. People.com (January 22, 2004). Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref><ref>[http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,627461,00.html Affleck on 'Good Terms' with Lopez – Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez]. People.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> Lopez later described the split as "my first real heartbreak" and attributed it in part to Affleck's discomfort with the media scrutiny.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://extratv.com/2016/03/25/jennifer-lopez-reflects-on-relationship-with-ben-affleck/|title=Jennifer Lopez Reflects on Relationship with Ben Affleck|publisher=}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://pagesix.com/2014/11/06/j-lo-dating-marc-anthony-was-how-i-dealt-with-ben-affleck-split/|title=J.Lo: Dating Marc Anthony was how I dealt with Ben Affleck split|first=Derrick Bryson|last=Taylor|date=November 6, 2014|publisher=}}</ref> In 2013, Affleck said he and Lopez occasionally "touch base".<ref>[http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20637655,00.html Jennifer Lopez Still Gets Emails from Ben Affleck]. People.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref>
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===Alcoholism and gambling===
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[[File:Ben Affleck 2008.jpg|upright|thumb|right|Affleck at the [[2008 World Series of Poker]] in [[Las Vegas, Nevada]].]]
|''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakespeare_in_Love Shakespeare in Love]''
 
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In a 1998 interview, Affleck stated that he no longer drank alcohol.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/2001/08/07/family-and-friends-rally-around-affleck.html|title=Family and Friends Rally Around Affleck|first=Roger|last=Friedman|date=August 7, 2001|publisher=}}</ref> In 2001, he completed a 30-day [[drug rehabilitation|residential rehabilitation program]] for alcohol abuse. When the story leaked to the press, a spokesperson said the actor "decided that a fuller life awaits him without alcohol".<ref>{{Cite news| url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/low/entertainment/1475583.stm | work=BBC News | title=Ben Affleck Enters Rehab | date=August 6, 2001| accessdate=March 31, 2010}}</ref> Affleck later described the rehab stay as a "pre-emptive strike" given his family's history of alcoholism.<ref>[http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/03/ben-affleck-rehab-alcohol-addiction Ben in ''Vanity Fair'']. VanityFair.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> In 2017, Affleck completed another residential rehabilitation program,<ref name="GMA">{{cite news|title=Ben Affleck confirms 'treatment for alcohol addiction'|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAGNFajM51s|accessdate=18 March 2017|publisher=ABC News|quote="A source close to Affleck confirms he physically went to rehab, not an outpatient program."}}</ref> saying in a statement that he had completed "treatment for alcohol addiction; something I've dealt with in the past and will continue to confront ... I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://people.com/celebrity/ben-affleck-treatment-alcohol-addiction/|title=Ben Affleck Reveals He Completed Rehab for Alcohol Addiction: ‘I’m Lucky to Have the Love of My Family’|date=March 14, 2017|publisher=}}</ref>
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Alleyn Ned Alleyn]
 
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Affleck was tutored by poker professionals [[Amir Vahedi]] and [[Annie Duke]] in the early 2000s.<ref>[http://www.pokerlizard.com/interviews/annie.html Exclusive Interview with Annie Duke from]. PokerLizard.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> He won the 2004 California State Poker Championship, taking home the first prize of $356,400 and qualifying for the 2004 [[World Poker Tour]] final tournament.<ref>{{cite news |first=Rene |last=Macura |url=http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2004-06-22-affleck-poker_x.htm |archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20081017094636/http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2004-06-22-affleck-poker_x.htm |archivedate=2008-10-17 |title=Ben Affleck wins $356,400 at poker |accessdate=June 10, 2008 |date=June 22, 2004 |work=[[USA Today]] |agency=[[Associated Press]] }}</ref> Affleck played in private, high-stakes poker games held in Los Angeles-area homes and hotel suites in the mid-2000s.<ref>{{cite news|last= |first= |url=http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2014/06/viper-room-hollywood-poker-game |title=Inside the Viper Room: Hollywood's Most Exclusive Poker Game |publisher=Vanity Fair |accessdate=June 29, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|author=K.C. Baker |url=http://www.people.com/article/hollywood-poker-princess-molly-bloom-new-book-high-stakes-game |title=Molly Bloom Recalls the Ups and Downs of Being Hollywood's Poker Princess – Hollywood, Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Tobey Maguire |publisher=People.com |date=June 24, 2014 |accessdate=June 29, 2014}}</ref> In 2014, Affleck was asked to refrain from playing blackjack at the [[Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (Las Vegas)|Hard Rock Hotel]] in Las Vegas, after a series of wins aroused suspicion that he was [[card counting|counting cards]], which is a legal gambling strategy frowned upon by casinos.<ref>[http://www.people.com/article/ben-affleck-hard-rock-blackjack-ban Ben Affleck Banned from Blackjack at Hard Rock After Counting Cards]. People.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> He has repeatedly denied tabloid reports of a gambling addiction.<ref name="people3">Lynch, Jason. (March 29, 2004) [http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20149669,00.html The Single Guy – Jersey Girl, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez]. People.com. Retrieved on 2014-06-05.</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/ben-afflecks-hollywood-ending-20040401?page=3|title=Ben Affleck's Hollywood Ending|date=April 1, 2004|publisher=}}</ref>
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|''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armageddon_(1998_film) Armageddon]''
 
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The surname "Affleck" is of Scottish origin.<ref name="autogenerated3">{{cite news|url=http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0403/16/lkl.00.html |title=CNN.com - Transcripts |publisher=Transcripts.cnn.com |date=March 16, 2004 |accessdate=August 27, 2014}}</ref> He also has English, Irish, German, and Swiss ancestry.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.movies.ie/ben-affleck-interview-for-the-town/|title=Ben Affleck Interview for THE TOWN - Interviews |publisher=Movies.ie |accessdate=August 27, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.businessinsider.com/largest-ethnic-groups-in-america-2013-8|title=The Largest Ancestry Groups in the United States|publisher=Business Insider|date=August 13, 2013|accessdate=March 27, 2015|first1=Liz|first2=Gus|first3=Dina|last1=O'Connor|last2=Lubin|last3=Spector}}</ref> Affleck appeared on the [[PBS]] genealogy series ''[[Finding Your Roots]]'' in 2014. When told during filming that an ancestor had been a [[slavery in the United States|slave owner]] in Georgia, Affleck responded: "God. It gives me kind of a sagging feeling to see a biological relationship to that. But, you know, there it is, part of our history ... We tend to separate ourselves from these things by going like, 'It's just dry history, and it's all over now.'"<ref>{{cite web|url=http://gawker.com/the-slave-owning-ancestor-interview-ben-affleck-didnt-w-1699609881 |title=This Is the Interview About His Ancestor Ben Affleck Tried to Suppress |first=Gabrielle |last=Bluestone |publisher= |deadurl=yes |archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20160510153724/http://gawker.com/the-slave-owning-ancestor-interview-ben-affleck-didnt-w-1699609881 |archivedate=May 10, 2016 |df=mdy }}</ref> Later, a representative for Affleck told host [[Henry Louis Gates Jr.]] via email that Affleck "was uneasy about the slave owner" and the information was not included in the show's final cut.<ref name="bbc.co.uk">{{cite web|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/32431219/ben-affleck-reveals-the-name-of-his-slave-owning-ancestor|title=Ben Affleck reveals the name of his slave-owning ancestor|publisher=}}</ref> This became public knowledge during the [[Sony Pictures Entertainment hack|2015 Sony email hacking scandal]].<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11546891/Ben-Afflecks-slave-owning-ancestor-censored-from-genealogy-show.html |title=Ben Affleck's slave-owning ancestor 'censored' from genealogy show |work=The Telegraph |date=April 17, 2015 |accessdate=May 26, 2015 |location=London |first=Nick |last=Allen}}</ref> He later said: "I was embarrassed. The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth."<ref name="bbc.co.uk"/>
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In a 2003 interview, Affleck described himself as a "lapsed [[Protestantism|Protestant]]" from a mostly [[Episcopal Church (United States)|Episcopalian]] family,<ref name=dyny>{{Cite news|last=McGee|first=Celia|url=http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/nydn-features/wild-jen-ben-opens-celia-mcgee-article-1.527155|title=Wild about Jen; Ben Opens Up to our Celia McGee|work=[[Daily News (New York)|Daily News]] |location=New York |date=December 18, 2003|accessdate=September 13, 2010}}</ref> and he later listed the [[Gospel of Matthew]] as one of the books that made a difference in his life.<ref name="oprah1">[http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/Ben-Afflecks-Books-That-Made-a-Difference Ben Affleck's Books That Made a Difference]. Oprah.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2014.</ref> As infants, each of his three children were baptised as members of the [[United Methodist Church]] in his wife's hometown of [[Charleston, West Virginia]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://news.nationalpost.com/arts/movies/miracles-from-heavens-jennifer-garner-on-her-emotional-role-in-miracles-from-heaven-and-keeping-it-professional|title=Jennifer Garner on her latest emotional role and keeping it professional as a mom, on and offscreen|publisher=}}</ref> In 2015, he and his family began attending Methodist church services in Los Angeles.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.people.com/article/ben-affleck-jennifer-garner-spend-family-day-together|title=Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck Spend Family Day Together on Sunday: 'Things Seemed Much More Relaxed Between Them'|publisher=}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.people.com/article/ben-affleck-jennifer-garner-spend-easter-together|title=Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Celebrate Easter Together as a Family with Easter Egg Hunt|publisher=}}</ref>
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Affleck gained recognition as a writer when he won the [[Academy Award]] and [[Golden Globe Award]] for [[Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay|Best Original Screenplay]] for ''[[Good Will Hunting]]'' (1997), which he co-wrote with [[Matt Damon]]. He received a [[Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture|Golden Globe]] nomination for his performance in ''[[Hollywoodland]]'' (2006). He directed and starred in ''[[Argo (2012 film)|Argo]]'' (2012), which won him the [[Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture|Golden Globe Award]], [[BAFTA Award for Best Direction|BAFTA]], and [[Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film|Directors Guild Award]] for Best Director, and the [[Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama|Golden Globe Award]], [[BAFTA Award for Best Film|BAFTA]], the [[Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture|Producers Guild Award]], and the [[Academy Award for Best Picture|Academy Award]] for Best Picture.<ref name="latimes1">{{Cite news|url=http://goldderby.latimes.com/awards_goldderby/2010/09/the-town-ben-affleck-oscars-academy-awards-news.html|accessdate=October 2, 2010|work=[[Los Angeles Times]]|title=Ben Affleck: Welcome Back to Oscar town | date=September 21, 2010| archiveurl= https://web.archive.org/web/20100925215303/http://goldderby.latimes.com/awards_goldderby/2010/09/the-town-ben-affleck-oscars-academy-awards-news.html| archivedate= September 25, 2010 | deadurl= no}}</ref>
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|''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gone_Baby_Gone Gone Baby Gone]''
 
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austin_Film_Critics_Association_Awards Austin Film Critics Award for Best First Film]
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Film_Critics_Association Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Filmmaker]
 
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Board_of_Review_of_Motion_Pictures National Board of Review Award for Best Directorial Debut]
 
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|''Good Will Hunting''
 
|''All the following shared with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Damon Matt Damon]'':[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Award_for_Writing_Original_Screenplay Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadcast_Film_Critics_Association_Award_for_Best_Writer Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Writer]
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_Film_Critics_Circle Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Newcomer of the Year]
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Globe_Award_for_Best_Screenplay Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay]
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanitas_Prize Humanitas Prize] (Feature Film Category)
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Board_of_Review_of_Motion_Pictures National Board of Review Special Achievement in Filmmaking]
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satellite_Award_for_Best_Original_Screenplay Satellite Award for Best Original Screenplay]
 
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Nominated—[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Film_Critics%27_Circle London Film Critics' Circle Award for Screenwriter of the Year]
 
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Nominated—[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online_Film_Critics_Society_Award_for_Best_Original_Screenplay Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Screenplay]
 
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Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt (born August 15, 1972), better known as Ben Affleck, is an American actor, film director, writer, and producer. He became known with his performances in Kevin Smith's films such as Mallrats (1995) and Chasing Amy (1997). Affleck won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for the screenplay for Good Will Hunting (1997), which he co-wrote with Matt Damon, and has appeared in lead roles in such popular hits as Armageddon (1998), Pearl Harbor (2001), Changing Lanes (2002), The Sum of All Fears (2002) and Hollywoodland (2007).

Affleck is a critically acclaimed filmmaker. He directed Gone Baby Gone (2007) and The Town (2010),[2][3][4] playing the lead in the latter. He has worked with his younger brother, actor Casey Affleck, on several projects, including Good Will Hunting and Gone Baby Gone.

Affleck has been married to Jennifer Garner since June 2005. They have two daughters, Violet Anne, born December 2005, and Seraphina Rose Elizabeth, born January 2009, and are currently expecting their third child. He dated the actress Gwyneth Paltrow in 1998. His relationship with actress/singer Jennifer Lopez attracted worldwide media attention, in which Affleck and Lopez were dubbed "Bennifer". The two broke up in 2004.

Affleck has been actively involved in politics and charitable causes. He and Matt Damon also founded the production company LivePlanet.

Early life

Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California.[1][2] His family moved to Massachusetts when he was two;[3] living in Falmouth, where his brother Casey was born, before settling in Central Square, Cambridge.[4] His mother, Christopher Anne "Chris" (née Boldt),[5] was a Radcliffe College- and Harvard-educated elementary school teacher.[6][7] His father, Timothy Byers Affleck,[8] worked sporadically as an auto mechanic,[3] a carpenter,[9] a bookie,[10] an electrician,[11] a bartender,[12] and a janitor at Harvard University.[13] In the mid-1960s, he had been an actor and stage manager with the Theater Company of Boston.[14] During Affleck's childhood, his father had a self-described "severe, chronic problem with alcoholism"[15] and Affleck has recalled him drinking "all day, every day."[16] His parents divorced when he was 12,[15] and he and his younger brother lived with their mother.[8] When Affleck was 16, his father moved to Indio, California to enter a rehabilitation facility and, after gaining sobriety, worked as an addiction counselor at the facility for many years.[17][6]

Affleck was raised in a politically active, liberal household.[10][18] He and his brother were surrounded by people who worked in the arts,[19] were regularly taken to the theater by their mother,[20] and were encouraged to make their own home movies.[21] The brothers auditioned for roles in local commercials and film productions because of their mother's friendship with a Cambridge-area casting director,[12] and Affleck first acted professionally at the age of seven.[22] His mother saved his wages in a college trust fund[8] and hoped her son would ultimately become a teacher, worrying that acting was an insecure and "frivolous" profession.[23] David Wheeler, a family friend, was Affleck's acting coach and later described him as a "very bright and intensely curious" child.[22] When Affleck was 13, he filmed a children's television program in Mexico and learned to speak Spanish during a year spent traveling around the country with his mother and brother.[24]

As a Cambridge Rindge and Latin high school student, Affleck acted in theater productions and was inspired by drama teacher Gerry Speca.[25][26] He became close friends with Matt Damon, whom he had known since the age of eight, during this time.[27] Although Damon was two years older, the friends had "identical interests"[27] and traveled to New York together for acting auditions, saving money for train and airline tickets in a joint bank account.[28][29] While Affleck had high SAT scores,[8] he was an unfocused student with poor attendance.[30][31] He spent a few months studying Spanish at the University of Vermont, chosen because of its proximity to his then-girlfriend,[11] but left after fracturing his hip while playing basketball.[32] An 18-year-old Affleck then moved to Los Angeles,[23] studying Middle Eastern affairs at Occidental College for a year and a half.[33][34]

Film career

1981–1997: Child acting and Good Will Hunting

Affleck acted professionally throughout his childhood "but not in the sense that I had a mom that wanted to take me to Hollywood or a family that wanted to make money from me ... I kind of chanced into something."[35] He first appeared, at the age of seven, in a local independent film called Dark Side of the Street (1981), directed by a family friend.[36] His biggest success as a child actor was as the star of the PBS children's series The Voyage of the Mimi (1984) and The Second Voyage of the Mimi (1988), produced for sixth-grade science classes. Affleck worked "sporadically" on Mimi from the age of eight to fifteen in both Massachusetts and Mexico.[35] As a teenager, he appeared in the ABC after school special Wanted: A Perfect Man (1986),[37] the television movie Hands of a Stranger (1987)[35] and a 1989 Burger King commercial.[26]

After high school, Affleck moved briefly to New York in search of acting work.[35] Later, while studying at Occidental College in Los Angeles, Affleck directed student films.[10][38] As an actor, he had a series of "knock-around parts, one to the next".[35] He played Patrick Duffy's son in the television movie Daddy (1991), made an uncredited appearance as a basketball player in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie (1992) and had a supporting role as an anti-Semite in School Ties (1992).[39] He played a high school quarterback in the NBC television series Against the Grain (1993) and a steroid-abusing high school football player in Body to Die For: The Aaron Henry Story (1994). Affleck's most notable role during this period was as a high school bully in Richard Linklater's cult classic Dazed and Confused (1993).[40] Linklater sought a likeable actor for the supporting role and, while Affleck was "big and imposing," he was "so smart and full of life ... I just liked him."[41][42] Affleck later said Linklater was instrumental in demystifying the filmmaking process for him.[10]

Affleck's first starring film role was as an aimless art student in the college drama Glory Daze (1995), with Stephen Holden of The New York Times remarking that his "affably mopey performance finds just the right balance between obnoxious and sad sack."[43] He then played a bully in the comedy Mallrats (1995) and began to worry that he would be relegated to "throwing people into their lockers for the rest of my career."[44] However, he became friends with writer-director Kevin Smith during filming, and Smith wrote the lead role in his romantic comedy Chasing Amy (1997) for Affleck.[35][45] Chasing Amy was a landmark moment for the actor.[44] Janet Maslin of The New York Times praised the "wonderful ease" with which Affleck played the role, combining "suave good looks with cool comic timing."[46] Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly wrote of a "wholesome and quick-witted" performance.[47] Also in 1997, he starred as a recently returned Korean War veteran in the coming-of-age drama Going All the Way. Todd McCarthy of Variety found him "excellent"[48] while Janet Maslin of The New York Times noted that his "flair for comic self-doubt made a strong impression."[49]

The success of 1997's Good Will Hunting, which Affleck co-wrote and starred in, marked a significant turning point in his career. The screenplay originated in 1992 when Damon wrote a 40-page script for a playwriting class at Harvard University. He asked Affleck to act out the scenes with him in front of the class and, when Damon later moved into Affleck's Los Angeles apartment, they began working on the script in earnest.[27] The film, which they wrote mainly during improvisation sessions,[50] was set in their hometown of Cambridge and drew from their own experiences.[51] They sold the screenplay to Castle Rock in 1994, when Affleck was 22 years old. During the development process, they received notes from industry figures including Rob Reiner and William Goldman.[52] Following a lengthy dispute with Castle Rock regarding a suitable director, Affleck and Damon persuaded Miramax to purchase the screenplay.[9] The two friends moved back to Boston for a year before the film finally went into production, directed by Gus Van Sant and co-starring Damon, Affleck and Robin Williams.[50] Upon release, Janet Maslin of The New York Times praised the "smart and touching screenplay"[53] while Emanuel Levy of Variety found it "funny, nonchalant, moving and angry."[54] Jay Carr of the Boston Globe wrote that Affleck brought "a beautifully nuanced tenderness to a role that could have been two-dimensional."[55] Affleck and Damon won both the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.[10] Affleck has said that period in his life was "dreamlike": "It was like one of those scenes in an old movie when a newspaper comes spinning out of the black on to the screen. You know, '$100 Million Box Office! Awards!'"[32]

1998–2002: Leading man status

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Affleck with Michael Bay and Liv Tyler at the Armageddon premiere in 1998

1998's Armageddon established Affleck as a viable leading man for Hollywood studio blockbusters.[56] Good Will Hunting had not yet been released during the casting process and, after Affleck's screentest, director Michael Bay dismissed him as "a geek". He was convinced by producer Jerry Bruckheimer that Affleck would be a star[23] but the actor was required to lose weight, become tanned and get his teeth capped before filming began.[57] The film, in which he starred opposite Bruce Willis as a blue-collar driller tasked by NASA with stopping an asteroid colliding with Earth, was a box office success.[58] Daphne Merkin of The New Yorker remarked: "Affleck demonstrates a sexy Paul Newmanish charm and is clearly bound for stardom."[59] Later in 1998, Affleck had a supporting role as an arrogant English actor in the period romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love, starring his then-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow. Lael Loewenstein of Variety remarked that Affleck "does some of his very best work, suggesting that comedy may be his true calling,"[60] while Janet Maslin of The New York Times found him "very funny."[61] Shakespeare in Love won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, while the cast won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast. Affleck then appeared as a small-town sheriff in the supernatural horror film Phantoms.[35] Stephen Holden of The New York Times wondered how actors like Affleck and Peter O'Toole were "bamboozled into lending their talents to a junky little horror film": "Affleck's thudding performance suggests he is reading his dialogue for the first time, directly from cue cards."[62]

Affleck and Damon had an on-screen reunion in Kevin Smith's religious satire Dogma, which premiered at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. Janet Maslin of The New York Times remarked that the pair, playing fallen angels, "bring great, understandable enthusiasm to Mr. Smith's smart talk and wild imaginings."[63] Affleck starred opposite Sandra Bullock in the romantic comedy Forces of Nature, playing a groom-to-be whose attempts to get to his wedding are complicated by his free-spirited travelling companion. Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly remarked that Affleck "radiates a sweetness that can't be faked ... He has the fast-break charm you want in a screwball hero."[64] Joe Leydon of Variety praised "his winning ability to play against his good looks in a self-effacing comic turn."[65] Affleck then appeared opposite Courtney Love in the little-seen ensemble comedy 200 Cigarettes.[66]

Interested in a directorial career, Affleck shadowed John Frankenheimer throughout pre-production of the action thriller Reindeer Games (2000).[23][67] Frankenheimer, directing his final feature film, described Affleck as having "a very winning, likable quality about him. I've been doing this for a long time and he's really one of the nicest."[68] He starred opposite Charlize Theron as a hardened criminal, with Elvis Mitchell of The New York Times enjoying the unexpected casting choice: "Affleck often suggests one of the Kennedys playing Clark Kent ... He looks as if he has never missed a party or a night's sleep. He's game, though, and his slight dislocation works to the advantage of Reindeer Games."[69] He then had a supporting role as a ruthless stockbroker in the crime drama Boiler Room (2000).[70] A.O. Scott of The New York Times felt Affleck had "traced over" Alec Baldwin's performance in Glengarry Glen Ross.[71] However, Emanuel Levy of Variety praised his "bravura turn"[72] while Peter Rainer of New York Magazine said he "does a series of riffs on Baldwin's aria, and each one is funnier and crueler than the next."[73] In his final film role of 2000, Affleck starred opposite his girlfriend Paltrow in the romantic drama Bounce (2000). Stephen Holden of The New York Times praised "the understated intensity and exquisite detail of his performance ... His portrait of a young, sarcastically self-defined "people person" who isn't half as confident as he would like to appear is close to definitive."[74] Also in 2000, he provided the voice of Joseph in the animated Joseph: King of Dreams.

Affleck reunited with director Michael Bay for the critically derided war drama Pearl Harbor (2001). He later characterised it as a movie he did "for money – for the wrong reasons."[75] A.O. Scott of The New York Times felt Affleck and Kate Beckinsale "do what they can with their lines, and glow with the satiny shine of real movie stars."[76] However, Todd McCarthy of Variety said, "the blandly handsome Affleck couldn’t convince that he’d ever so much as been turned down for a date, much less lost the love of his life to his best friend."[77] Affleck then parodied Good Will Hunting with Damon and Van Sant in Kevin Smith's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001),[78] appeared in the comedy Daddy and Them (2001)[79] and the little-seen The Third Wheel (2002).[22] He portrayed Jack Ryan in the thriller The Sum of All Fears (2002). Stephen Holden of The New York Times felt he was miscast in a role previously played by both Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin: "Although Mr. Affleck can be appealing when playing earnest young men groping toward maturity, he simply lacks the gravitas for the role."[80] Affleck had an "amazing experience" making the thriller Changing Lanes (2002),[35] and later cited Roger Michell as someone he learned from as a director.[67][81] He was first drawn to the script while working on Pearl Harbor: "I hadn’t said a line of dialogue in a week, and everybody was at their wit's end, especially me."[82] Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian enjoyed the "strongly acted two-hander ... Affleck particularly shows how convincing he can be as the besuited corporate asshole."[83] Robert Koehler of Variety described it as "his most thoroughly wrought performance since "Chasing Amy" ... the journey into a moral fog compels him to play more inwardly and thoughtfully than he ever has before."[84]

Affleck became more actively involved with television and film production in the early 2000s. He and Damon had set up Pearl Street Films, named after the street that ran between their childhood homes,[85] in 1998[86] but their next production company LivePlanet, co-founded in 2000 with Chris Moore and Sean Bailey, sought to integrate the internet into mainstream television and film production.[87][88] LivePlanet's biggest success was the documentary series Project Greenlight, aired on HBO and later Bravo, which focused on first-time filmmakers being given the chance to direct a feature film. Project Greenlight was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program in 2002, 2004, and 2005.[89] Push, Nevada (2002), created and written by Affleck and Bailey,[90] was an ABC mystery involving an I.R.S. agent searching for embezzled money in a small town. It placed a viewer-participation game within the frame of the show.[91] Caryn James of The New York Times praised the show's "nerve, imagination and clever writing ... Sheer wit and suspense are what make "Push" the season's liveliest and best new series."[92] However, Robert Bianco of USA Today described it as a "knock-off" Twin Peaks and remarked: "There is some fun to be had here [but] "Push" is one of those shows that thinks quirkiness is a virtue in and of itself."[93] The show was cancelled by ABC due to low viewing figures.[94] Over time, LivePlanet's focus shifted from multimedia projects to more traditional film production.[88] They signed a film production deal with Disney in 2002; it expired in 2007.[95][96]

2003–2005: Career downturn and tabloid notoriety

While Affleck had been a tabloid figure for much of his career and was named Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine in 2002,[22] he became the subject of increased media attention in 2003 due to his relationship with Jennifer Lopez. The actor remarked that the situation filled him with a sense of "dread ... People are going to grow weary of this."[97] By the end of the year, Affleck had become, in the words of GQ, the "world's most over-exposed actor."[98] His newfound tabloid notoriety coincided with a series of poorly received films.

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Affleck visiting US Marines in Manama, Bahrain in 2003

The first of these films was Daredevil (2003), in which Affleck starred as the blind superhero. Affleck was a longtime comic book fan,[99] and had written a foreword for Kevin Smith's Guardian Devil (1999) about his love for the character of Daredevil.[97][100] The film was a commercial success[101] but received a mixed response from critics. Elvis Mitchell of The New York Times said Affleck was "lost" in the role: "A big man, Mr. Affleck is shriveled by the one-dimensional role ... [Only his scenes with Jon Favreau have] a playful side that allows Mr. Affleck to show his generosity as an actor."[102] In 2014, Affleck described Daredevil as the "only movie I actually regret."[10] He next appeared in the romantic comedy Gigli (2003), co-starring Lopez. Gigli received almost uniformly unfavorable reviews, with Manohla Dargis of the Los Angeles Times remarking: "A passable actor but a lousy star – the bigger the movie, the worse he comes across – Affleck doesn't have the chops or the charm to maneuver around (or past) bad material."[103] Affleck has repeatedly defended director Marty Brest since the film's release,[104] describing Brest as "one of the really great directors".[105] In his final movie role of 2003, Affleck starred in the thriller Paycheck (2003). Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian remarked upon Affleck's "self-deprecating charm. Is there no one who can find this man a script?"[106] Manohla Dargis of the Los Angeles Times commented: "Ben Affleck has had such a rough year (or so I've read) that it almost seems unfair to pick on either his newest film or latest nontabloid performance." Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly felt the film offers further proof that Affleck "comes most alive playing men whose handsomeness covers reserves of nastiness."[107]

Affleck's poor critical notices continued in 2004 when he starred in the romantic comedy Jersey Girl, directed by longtime collaborator Smith. Stephen Holden of The New York Times described Affleck as an actor "whose talent has curdled as his tabloid notoriety has spread."[108] However, Joe Leydon of Variety found his onscreen role as a father "affecting"[109] while Mike Clark of USA Today remarked that the father-daughter scenes "bring out the best in Affleck."[110] Later that year, he starred in the holiday comedy Surviving Christmas. Holden of The New York Times remarked that the movie "found a clever way to use Ben Affleck's disagreeable qualities. The actor's shark-like grin, cocky petulance and bullying frat-boy swagger befit his character."[111] Allison Benedikt of the Chicago Tribune described Affleck as a "great talk show guest, bad actor" and categorised Surviving Christmas as a film "in which it just doesn't matter, in which he can simply be Ben."[112]

At this point, the quality of scripts offered to Affleck "was just getting worse and worse" and he decided to take a career break: "I was a little bit exhausted of myself and my life, so I wanted to try to control it or manage it."[70][113] The Los Angeles Times published a piece on the downfall of Affleck's career in late 2004: "While the critics see Affleck as a big piñata and the tabloids see him as a reader magnet, few industry professionals seem to be gloating over Affleck's travails." Various producers and agents were interviewed, with Harvey Weinstein commenting: "He's one of the sweetest people I've ever met in this industry ... a great guy with an incredible personality and talent. I think the sky's the limit when he wants to focus. And he will."[114]

2006–2015: Emergence as a director

After marrying actress Jennifer Garner in 2005, and welcoming their first child, Affleck began to stage a career comeback in 2006. While both Man About Town and Smokin' Aces were little-seen,[115] Affleck won acclaim for his performance as George Reeves in the noir biopic Hollywoodland. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone praised "an award-caliber performance ... This is feeling, nuanced work from an actor some of us had prematurely written off."[116] Geoffrey Macnab of The Guardian wrote: "He plays the part beautifully, capturing the character's curious mix of charm, vulnerability and fatalism."[117] Manohla Dargis of The New York Times found Affleck "more than up to the task" of portraying Reeves as a tragic figure but was dismayed that he had "given this exasperating film far more than it gives in return."[118] He was awarded the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor.[119] Also in 2006, he made a cameo in Smith's Clerks II.[120] While they remain fans of each other's work,[121][122] Affleck and Smith have had little contact since the making of Clerks II.[123]

Affleck made his feature film directorial debut with Gone Baby Gone (2007), a crime drama set in a working-class Boston neighbourhood, starring his brother Casey. Affleck co‑wrote the screenplay, based on the book by Dennis Lehane, with childhood friend Aaron Stockard, having first mentioned his intention to adapt the story in 2003.[124][125] It opened to enthusiastic reviews.[126] Jim Ridley of the Village Voice remarked: "Affleck has created something of a blue-moon rarity: an American movie of genuine moral complexity."[127] Claudia Puig of USA Today described it as "an auspicious debut as a filmmaker"[128] while Manohla Dargis of The New York Times praised the film's "sensitivity to real struggle ... Mr. Affleck doesn’t live in these derelict realms, but, for the most part, he earns the right to visit."[129] Similarly, Stephen Farber of The Hollywood Reporter praised the "thoughtful, deeply poignant, splendidly executed" film.[130] Amy Ryan received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.[131]

While Affleck intended to "keep a primary emphasis on directing" going forward in his career,[132] he returned to acting in 2009, starring in three features. In the ensemble romantic comedy He's Just Not That Into You, the chemistry between Affleck and Jennifer Aniston was praised,[133] with Ty Burr of The Boston Globe describing them as "the two most appealing people in the movie – both actors let their maturity show in unexpected ways."[134] Although the film generated mostly mixed reviews,[135] it was a commercial success.[101] Affleck played a congressman in the political thriller State of Play. Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe found him "very good in the film's silliest role"[136] but David Edelstein of New York Magazine remarked of Affleck: "He might be smart and thoughtful in life [but] as an actor his wheels turn too slowly."[137] He had a supporting role as a bartender in the little-seen comedy film Extract.[138] Claudia Puig of USA Today stated that Affleck "ought to do more quirky character roles rather than leading-man parts in action films."[139] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone described his performance as "a goofball delight"[140] while Manhola Dargis of The New York Times declared it as "a real performance."[141] In 2010, Affleck starred in The Company Men as a mid-level sales executive who is made redundant during the financial crisis.[142] David Denby of The New Yorker declared that Affleck "gives his best performance yet"[143] while Richard Corliss of Time found he "nails Bobby's plunge from hubris to humiliation."[144]

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Affleck on the set of The Town in 2010

Following the modest success of Gone Baby Gone, Warner Bros. developed a close working relationship with Affleck and offered him his choice of the studio's scripts.[145] He decided to direct the crime drama The Town (2010), an adaptation of Chuck Hogan's novel Prince of Thieves. He also starred in and co-wrote the film. A.O. Scott of The New York Times praised Affleck's "skill and self-confidence as a director"[146] while Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times praised his "genuine gift for directing."[147] Claudia Puig of USA Today remarked: "Affleck has a keen eye for cinematic stories ... He may be en route to master-filmmaker status."[148] Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times noted: "Affleck has the stuff of a real director. Everything is here. It's an effective thriller, he works closely with actors, he has a feel for pacing."[149] The film was a box office success.[150] Jeremy Renner was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor while Pete Postlethwaite was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor. Also in 2010, Affleck and Damon's production company, Pearl Street Films, signed a first-look producing deal at Warner Bros.[151]

Affleck soon began work on his next directorial project for Warner Bros. Argo (2012), written by Chris Terrio and starring Affleck, tells the story of the CIA operation to save six diplomats during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis by faking a production for a large-scale science fiction film. Anthony Lane of The New Yorker said the film offered "further proof that we were wrong about Ben Affleck"[152] while Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times was impressed by Affleck's "instinct for storytelling."[153] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone remarked: "Affleck takes the next step in what looks like a major directing career ... He directs the hell out of it, nailing the quickening pace, the wayward humor, the nerve-frying suspense."[154] The film was a major commercial success.[155] Argo won the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award for Best Picture.[156] Affleck won the Golden Globe Award, Directors Guild of America Award and BAFTA Award for Best Director, becoming the first director to win these awards without a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director.[157] Alan Arkin's nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor meant that Affleck's first three films all secured Academy Award nominations for an actor or actress in a supporting role.[158]

Affleck played a romantic lead in Terrence Malick's drama To the Wonder (2013). Malick is a close friend of Affleck's godfather and had offered notes on the Good Will Hunting screenplay in the 1990s.[159] Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian enjoyed "a performance of dignity and sensitivity"[160] while The New Yorker 's Richard Brody described Affleck as "a solid and muscular performer" who "conveys a sense of thoughtful and willful individuality without weighing himself down with the emphatic acting-out of character traits."[161] Affleck's performance as a poker boss was considered a highlight of the poorly-reviewed thriller Runner Runner (2013).[162] Andrew Barker of Variety said: "Affleck threatens to make this whole film worthwhile ... Runner Runner's appeal increases dramatically whenever Affleck enters the frame."[163] Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times remarked that it was "one killer of a character, and Affleck plays him like a Bach concerto — every note perfectly played."[164] Affleck then pushed back production on his own directorial project to star as a husband accused of murder in David Fincher's psychological thriller Gone Girl (2014).[165] Fincher cast him partly because he understood what it felt like to be misrepresented by tabloid media: "What many people don’t know is that he's crazy smart, but since he doesn’t want that to get awkward, he downplays it. I think he learned how to skate on charm."[166] David Edelstein of New York Magazine noted that Fincher's controlled style of directing had a "remarkable" effect on Affleck's acting: "I never thought I’d write these words, but he carries the movie. He's terrific."[167] Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter praised a "beautiful balancing act of a performance"[168] while Justin Chang of Variety found Affleck "perfectly cast as Nick Dunne": "It's a tricky turn, requiring a measure of careful underplaying and emotional aloofness, and he nails it completely."[169] In 2015, Affleck and Damon's Project Greenlight was resurrected by HBO for one season.[170]

2016–present: Batman role and continued directing

The announcement of Affleck's casting as Batman in the 2016 superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was met with intense fan backlash,[171] but his performance ultimately received a positive reception. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times remarked: "All the Internet resistance to Affleck being cast as Batman seems silly when you see him ... There's not a moment when we don’t believe Affleck as Bruce Wayne or as Batman."[172] Andrew Barker of Variety found him "a winningly cranky, charismatic presence"[173] while Brian Truitt of USA Today enjoyed his "strong take" on the character: "Affleck's Batman is a surprisingly emotional one. [He] seamlessly moves between Batman and Bruce Wayne."[174] Affleck briefly reprised his role as Batman in Suicide Squad later that year. In late 2016, Affleck starred as an autistic accountant in Gavin O'Connor's action thriller The Accountant. The film was a commercial success, greatly exceeding box office expectations.[175] David Edelstein of New York Magazine remarked that Affleck "seemed less a lug in his last two films [but] he doesn’t rise to the occasion here ... A more imaginative actor might have found eccentric ways to let you glimpse the character's chaotic insides."[176] Stephen Holden of The New York Times wondered why Affleck, "looking appropriately dead-eyed and miserable," committed himself to the film.[177] However, Peter Debruge of Variety felt Affleck's "boy-next-door" demeanour – "so normal and non-actorly that most of his performances feel like watching one of your buddies up on screen" – was "a terrific fit" for the role.[178]

Affleck's fourth directorial project, Live by Night, was released in late 2016.[179] He also starred in the Prohibition-era gangster drama, which he adapted from the Dennis Lehane novel. The film received largely unenthusiastic reviews and failed to recoup its $65 million production budget.[180] David Sims of The Atlantic criticised Affleck's "stiff, uncomfortable" performance and described it as "a fascinating mess of a movie": "One of the film’s final set pieces, a chaotic shootout between warring mobs in an opulent Tampa hotel, is so wonderfully staged, its action crisp and easy to follow, that it reminds you what skill Affleck has with the camera. Next time, he should perhaps confine himself behind it."[181] Similarly, Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair enjoyed the supporting performances and the "excitingly staged" action scenes: "But there’s a clunking in the machinery, something Affleck the director maybe could have detected and fixed—had Affleck the actor not been blinding him to it."[182]

Affleck will reprise his role as Batman in Justice League in November 2017.[183] In 2018, he is expected to film a Batman film, directed by Matt Reeves.[184] Affleck initially intended to direct the film, in addition to starring in it, but later stepped down, saying in a statement that "I cannot do both jobs to the level they require."[185] He has two directorial projects in development. Warner Bros. acquired the rights to Nathaniel Philbrick's Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution in 2013 as a potential directing vehicle for Affleck[186] and, in 2016, it was announced that Aaron Stockard is writing an adapted screenplay for the project.[187] He is also attached to direct and star in Fox's adaptation of Agatha Christie's "The Witness for the Prosecution".[188]

Humanitarian work

Eastern Congo Initiative

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Affleck in 2011, testifying before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights

After travelling in the region between 2007 and early 2010, Affleck and Whitney Williams co-founded the nonprofit organization Eastern Congo Initiative in 2010.[189][190] ECI acts as a grant maker for Congolese-led, community-based charities[191] and offers training and resources to cooperatives of Congolese farmers while leveraging public-private partnerships with companies including Theo Chocolate and Starbucks.[192][193] ECI also aims to raise public awareness and drive policy change in the US.[194]

Affleck has written op-eds about issues facing eastern Congo for the Washington Post,[195][196] Politico,[197] the Huffington Post[198] and Time.[199] He has appeared as a discussion panelist at many events, including at the Center for Strategic and International Studies,[200] the Global Philanthropy Forum[201] and the Clinton Global Initiative.[202] During visits to Washington D.C., Affleck has testified before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights,[203][204] the House Armed Services Committee,[205][206] the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,[207] and the Senate Appropriations Committee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Projects.[208]

Other charitable causes

Affleck has been a supporter of the A-T Children's Project since 1998. While filming Forces of Nature, Affleck struck up a conversation with an onlooker, ten-year-old Joe Kindregan (1988–2015),[209] who had the rare disease ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T).[210] Affleck and Kindregan developed a friendship, communicating via e-mail and phone.[211] Kindregan and his family visited Affleck on many movie sets and attended many premieres.[212] Affleck was actively involved in fundraising for A-T[213][214] and, in 2001, Affleck and Kindregan testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, and Education, asking senators to support stem-cell research and to double the budget of the National Institutes of Health.[211] In 2007, Affleck was the keynote speaker at Kindregan's high school graduation ceremony in Fairfax, Virginia.[215] Kindregan appeared as an extra in Affleck's Argo (2012).[216] In 2013, in celebration of "Joe Kindregan's 25th birthday as well as our 15 years of friendship with Joe and his family," Affleck and his wife Jennifer Garner matched donations made to the A-T Children's Project.[217] Also in 2013, he appeared in CinemAbility, a film documentary which explores Hollywood's portrayals of people with disabilities.[218]

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Affleck speaking at a Feeding America rally in 2009

As part of USO-sponsored tours, Affleck visited marines stationed in the Persian Gulf in 2003[219] and troops at Germany's Ramstein Air Base in 2017.[220] He is a supporter of Paralyzed Veterans of America.[221] He held a benefit for the organization at the 2010 premiere of The Town,[222] and filmed public service announcements in both 2009 and 2014.[223][224] He has also volunteered on behalf of Operation Gratitude.[225][226]

Affleck is a member of Feeding America's Entertainment Council.[227][228] He made an appearance at the Greater Boston Food Bank in 2007.[229] Affleck spoke at a Feeding America rally in Washington D.C. in 2009[230] and filmed a public service announcement for the charity in 2010.[231] In 2011, Affleck and Ellen DeGeneres launched Feeding America's Small Change Campaign.[232] Also in 2011, Affleck and Howard Graham Buffett co-wrote an article for The Huffington Post, highlighting the "growing percentage of the food insecure population that is not eligible for federal nutrition programs."[233]

Politics

Political views

Affleck has described himself as "moderately liberal."[234] He was raised in "a very strong union household."[235] In 2000, he spoke at a rally at Harvard University in support of an increased living wage for all workers on campus. Affleck, whose father and stepmother were janitors at Harvard, urged the crowd to "make this a school where you don't have to avert your eyes in shame when you see a janitor in the hallway."[236] He later narrated a documentary, Occupation (2002), about a sit-in organized by the Harvard Living Wage Campaign.[237] In 2004, Affleck and Senator Ted Kennedy held a press conference on Capitol Hill, pushing for an increase in the minimum wage.[238] In 2007, he spoke at a press conference at Boston's City Hall in support of SEIU's unionization efforts for the city's low-paid hospital workers.[239] During the Writers' Strike in 2008, Affleck voiced support for the picketers.[240] He has criticised the Bush tax cuts on many occasions.[241][242][243]

Affleck is pro-choice. In a 2000 interview, he stated that he believes "very strongly in a woman's right to choose."[18] In 2012, he supported the Draw the Line campaign, describing reproductive rights as "fundamental."[244] Affleck was a longtime supporter of legalizing gay marriage,[245] saying in 2004 that he hoped to look back on the marriage debate "with some degree of embarrassment for how antiquated it was."[246] Also that year, he remarked that it was "outrageous and offensive" to suggest members of the transgender community were not entitled to equal rights.[247] In 2005, he appeared alongside his openly gay cousin in a Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays print advertising campaign.[248][249] In 2007, Affleck filmed a public service announcement for Divided We Fail, a nonpartisan AARP campaign seeking affordable, quality healthcare for all Americans.[250]

Affleck appeared at a press conference with New York Senator Chuck Schumer in 2002, in support of a proposed Anti-Nuclear Terrorism Prevention Act.[251] In 2003, he criticised the "questionable and aggressive" use of the Patriot Act and the resulting "encroachments on civil liberties."[241] A reporter from The Washington Post overheard Affleck "railing about the Israeli invasion of Gaza" at a Washington party in 2009.[252] Steven Clemons, a participant in the conversation, responded: "He impressed me with his passion and the level of detailed understanding that he had about the dilemmas we face in the Middle East. He has his views — and he's not shy about broadcasting them, but he also listens to alternative takes ... What Affleck spoke about that night was reasoned, complex and made a lot of sense."[253] Later that year, in a New York Times interview, Affleck remarked that his views were closer to those of the Israeli Labor Party than Likud.[254]

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Affleck expressed concerns about conspiracy theories claiming Barack Obama was an Arab or a Muslim: "This prejudice that we have allowed to fester in this campaign ... the acceptance of both of those things as a legitimate slur is really a problem."[255][256] In 2012, he praised Senator John McCain's "leadership" in defending Huma Abedin against anti-Muslim attacks.[257][258] In 2014, Affleck engaged in a discussion about the relationship between liberal principles and Islam during an appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher.[259] In 2017, he said: "I strongly believe that no one should be stereotyped on the basis of their race or religion. It’s one of the most fundamental tenets of liberal thought."[260]

Affleck is a supporter of the Second Amendment.[234] In a 2012 interview, he said he owns several guns, both for skeet shooting[261] and for the protection of his family.[262] Affleck does not support the death penalty.[263]

In 2006, Affleck appeared alongside then-Senator Barack Obama at a rally in support of Proposition 87, which sought to reduce petroleum consumption in favour of alternative energy.[264] In 2007, he appeared in a global warming awareness video produced by the Center for American Progress Action Fund.[265] Also that year, Affleck admitted he was not "particularly good at being green"[266] and, in 2014, he named "a 1966 Chevelle" as his guilty pleasure.[10] In 2016, Affleck filmed an endorsement for Rezpect Our Water, an online petition to stop the construction of Dakota Access Pipeline.[267]

In the early 2000s, Affleck often expressed an interest in one day running for political office.[268] However, since 2007, he has denied any political ambitions and spoken repeatedly about the need for campaign finance reform.[269][270][260] In 2005, The Washington Post reported that Virginia Democrats were trying to persuade Affleck to run as a Senate candidate in his wife's home state.[271] His publicist dismissed the rumor.[272] In 2012, political pundits and Democratic strategists including Bob Shrum and Tad Devine speculated that Affleck was considering running for a Massachusetts Senate seat.[273] Affleck denied the rumor, joking: "Also won't be throwing my hat in the ring to run the U.N."[274][275]

Democratic Party activism

Affleck registered as a member of the Democratic Party in 1992 and has campaigned on behalf of a number of Democratic presidential nominees. He supported Al Gore in the final weeks of the 2000 presidential campaign, attending rallies in California,[276] Pennsylvania[277] and Florida.[278] On Election Day, he made an appearance on The Rosie O'Donnell Show, urging viewers to vote because "the president will appoint three or four Supreme Court justices ... I'm about to go vote."[279] It later transpired that Affleck was unable to vote due to a registration issue in New York, where he was then residing: "I'm going to vote twice next time, in true Boston fashion."[280]

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Affleck speaking at a John Kerry rally in Zanesville, Ohio in 2004

Affleck was involved in the 2004 presidential campaign of John Kerry. During the Democratic National Convention in Boston, Affleck spoke to many delegations, appeared on political discussion shows and attended fundraising events.[281][282] Affleck took part in a voter registration PSA,[283] and traveled with Kerry during the opening weekend of his Believe in America Tour, making speeches at rallies in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.[284]

Affleck appeared alongside then-Senator Barack Obama at a 2006 rally, introducing him as "the most galvanizing leader to come out of either party, in my opinion, in at least a decade."[264] He donated to Obama's presidential campaign in 2007.[285] Affleck hosted two fundraisers for Obama during the 2008 Democratic Primary.[286][287] Affleck urged voters to "help make history" in a MoveOn.org campaign[288] and made several appearances during the 2008 Democratic National Convention.[289] In the week of the presidential election, Affleck appeared on Saturday Night Live to playfully endorse Senator John McCain because "my support has the opposite effect."[290] Affleck did not actively campaign for Obama's reelection in 2012.[262] However, he stated: "I like the president, I’m going to vote for the president."[291] "I don't feel disappointed [in his performance]. I'm someone who views politics practically."[292]

In 2000, Affleck introduced Senate candidate Hillary Clinton at a Cornell University rally and helped fundraise for her campaign.[293] Affleck, who first met the Clintons at Camp David in 1998,[294] pointed to the First Lady's work with children, women and "working families."[295] Affleck supported Obama during the 2008 Democratic Primary, noting that Clinton had "moved toward the center" during the campaign.[269] He supported Clinton during the 2016 Democratic Primary.[296] In 2016, he recorded a New Hampshire voter PSA[297] and was named by the Clinton campaign as a 'Hillblazer' – one of 1,100 individuals who had contributed or raised at least $100,000.[298]

Affleck has supported a number of other Democratic politicians. In 2002, he donated to Dick Gephardt's Congressional campaign[299] and appeared in campaign literature for former classmate Marjorie Decker, running as a city councillor in Massachusetts.[300] In 2003, he made donations to the presidential campaigns of both Dennis Kucinich and Wesley Clark,[301] and, in 2005, he donated to the campaign fund of Deval Patrick, a candidate for Governor of Massachusetts.[302] In 2006, Affleck contributed to Cory Booker's Newark mayoral campaign.[303] Also that year, Affleck introduced Congressmen Joe Courtney and Chris Murphy at rallies in Connecticut.[304] In 2008, he donated to the Congressional campaign of Pennsylvania's Patrick Murphy[299][305] while, in 2010, he donated to the Senate campaign of Kirsten Gillibrand.[299] In 2012, Affleck hosted a fundraiser for Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren,[306] endorsed her in a Progressive Change Campaign Committee video,[307] and made a campaign donation.[308] In 2013, he hosted a fundraiser for Senate candidate Cory Booker,[309] and made donations to the campaigns of both Booker and Alison Lundergan Grimes.[310][311] In 2014, Affleck made a further donation to Grimes' Senate campaign through the Kentucky State Democratic Party.[312] In 2015, Affleck donated to the campaign of Senate candidate Kamala Harris while, in 2016, he donated to the Congressional campaign of Melissa Gilbert.[313]

Personal life

Family

Affleck began dating actress Jennifer Garner in mid-2004,[314] having established a friendship on the sets of Pearl Harbor (2001) and Daredevil (2003).[315] They were married on June 29, 2005, in a private Turks and Caicos ceremony.[316] Victor Garber, who officiated the ceremony, and his husband Rainer Andreesen were the only guests.[317] Affleck and Garner have three children: daughters Violet Anne (b. December 2005)[318] and Seraphina "Sera" Rose Elizabeth (b. January 2009),[319] and son Samuel "Sam" Garner (b. February 2012).[320] Affleck and Garner announced their intention to divorce on June 30, 2015.[321][322]

Post-separation, both Affleck and Garner continue to live with their children in a Cliff May-designed ranch house in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles.[323][324] Additional residences included an apartment in Manhattan, New York,[262] a ski chalet at the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Montana,[325] a beachhouse at Baker's Bay Golf & Ocean Club in the Bahamas[326] and a Greek Revival-style home with an 83-acre estate on the secluded Hampton Island near Savannah, Georgia.[327]

While Affleck believes paparazzi attention is "part of the deal" of stardom, he has spoken out against paparazzi interest in his children.[328][329] He has called for legislation to require paparazzi to maintain a certain distance from children and to blur their faces in published photos.[10]

Relationships

Affleck had a three-year relationship with actress Gwyneth Paltrow from 1997 to 2000. They began dating in October 1997,[330] after meeting at a Miramax dinner,[331] and later worked together on Shakespeare in Love (1998). Although they first broke up in January 1999, months later, Paltrow persuaded Affleck to co-star with her in Bounce (2000) and they soon resumed their relationship.[332] They separated again in October 2000.[333] In a 2015 interview, Paltrow said she and Affleck remain friends.[331]

Affleck had an eighteen-month relationship with actress/singer Jennifer Lopez from 2002 to 2004, during which they became engaged. They began dating in July 2002, after meeting on the set of Gigli (2003), and later worked together on the "Jenny from the Block" music video[334] and Jersey Girl (2004).[335] Their relationship received extensive media coverage.[336] They became engaged in November 2002[337] but their planned wedding on September 14, 2003, in Santa Barbara, California was postponed with four days' notice because of "excessive media attention".[338] They broke up in January 2004.[339][340] Lopez later described the split as "my first real heartbreak" and attributed it in part to Affleck's discomfort with the media scrutiny.[341][342] In 2013, Affleck said he and Lopez occasionally "touch base".[343]

Alcoholism and gambling

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Affleck at the 2008 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In a 1998 interview, Affleck stated that he no longer drank alcohol.[344] In 2001, he completed a 30-day residential rehabilitation program for alcohol abuse. When the story leaked to the press, a spokesperson said the actor "decided that a fuller life awaits him without alcohol".[345] Affleck later described the rehab stay as a "pre-emptive strike" given his family's history of alcoholism.[346] In 2017, Affleck completed another residential rehabilitation program,[347] saying in a statement that he had completed "treatment for alcohol addiction; something I've dealt with in the past and will continue to confront ... I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it."[348]

Affleck was tutored by poker professionals Amir Vahedi and Annie Duke in the early 2000s.[349] He won the 2004 California State Poker Championship, taking home the first prize of $356,400 and qualifying for the 2004 World Poker Tour final tournament.[350] Affleck played in private, high-stakes poker games held in Los Angeles-area homes and hotel suites in the mid-2000s.[351][352] In 2014, Affleck was asked to refrain from playing blackjack at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, after a series of wins aroused suspicion that he was counting cards, which is a legal gambling strategy frowned upon by casinos.[353] He has repeatedly denied tabloid reports of a gambling addiction.[354][355]

Ancestry

The surname "Affleck" is of Scottish origin.[213] He also has English, Irish, German, and Swiss ancestry.[356][357] Affleck appeared on the PBS genealogy series Finding Your Roots in 2014. When told during filming that an ancestor had been a slave owner in Georgia, Affleck responded: "God. It gives me kind of a sagging feeling to see a biological relationship to that. But, you know, there it is, part of our history ... We tend to separate ourselves from these things by going like, 'It's just dry history, and it's all over now.'"[358] Later, a representative for Affleck told host Henry Louis Gates Jr. via email that Affleck "was uneasy about the slave owner" and the information was not included in the show's final cut.[359] This became public knowledge during the 2015 Sony email hacking scandal.[360] He later said: "I was embarrassed. The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth."[359]

Religion

In a 2003 interview, Affleck described himself as a "lapsed Protestant" from a mostly Episcopalian family,[361] and he later listed the Gospel of Matthew as one of the books that made a difference in his life.[362] As infants, each of his three children were baptised as members of the United Methodist Church in his wife's hometown of Charleston, West Virginia.[363] In 2015, he and his family began attending Methodist church services in Los Angeles.[364][365]

Awards and honors

Affleck gained recognition as a writer when he won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting (1997), which he co-wrote with Matt Damon. He received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in Hollywoodland (2006). He directed and starred in Argo (2012), which won him the Golden Globe Award, BAFTA, and Directors Guild Award for Best Director, and the Golden Globe Award, BAFTA, the Producers Guild Award, and the Academy Award for Best Picture.[366]

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