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Ben Affleck (born Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt, 15.8.1972)
Ben Affleck is an American actor, screenwriter and director. His younger brother is the actor Casey Affleck. Ben Affleck first rose to prominence in the 1990s, with his appearance in Kevin Smith's Mallrats and has since earned himself an Oscar for his role in Good Will Hunting.
Childhood: Ben Affleck was born in Berkeley, California. His mother, Christine, is a teacher and his father, Timothy, has been a drugs counselor, social worker, mechanic and a janitor. He was also formerly an actor, with the Theatre Company of Boston.
The Affleck family moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts when Ben was young and his parents divorced in 1984.
When he was 10 years old, Ben Affleck met Matt Damon, who lived in his neighbourhood and the pair have remained friends since. Both actors attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Affleck later attended the University of Vermont.
Acting Career: As a child, Affleck worked on The Voyage of Mimi, a kid's TV series. He also appeared in a number of television movies and in the 1990s, he landed roles in Lifestories: Families in Crisis and a number of films, including School Ties (1992), which also featured Brendan Fraser and Matt Damon.
In 1993, Affleck appeared alongside Parker Posey and Matthew McConaughey in Richard Linklater's left-field coming-of age comedy, Dazed and Confused.
The early 1990s also marked the start of Affleck's collaboration with the director Kevin Smith, appearing in 1995's Chasing Amy and 1997's Mallrats. He later went on to take the lead in Jersey Girl, another of Smith's projects.
After getting a small one-line part in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer film, Affleck went on to work once again with his friend Matt Damon, in Good Will Hunting. The film, which also starred Robin Williams and Minnie Driver, won the Best Original Screenplay Academy Award.
Following the success of Good Will Hunting, Ben Affleck landed a number of successful starring roles in films such as Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and Changing Lanes. However, his career soon took something of a nosedive, with the release of box office flops such as Gigli, in which he co-starred with his girlfriend at the time, Jennifer Lopez. His festive release, Surviving Christmas suffered a similar fate in the hands of movie critics and the cinema-going public.
In 2006, Ben Affleck staged a comeback with the film Hollywoodland, a biopic about the life of George Reeves. His performance won him the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival.
The following year, Ben Affleck made his directorial debut with Gone, Baby, Gone, which starred his brother, Casey Affleck. That year, he also starred in Smokin' Aces, after which he gave up smoking, having been forced to smoke so heavily during the filming of the movie.
Personal Life: In 1998, when Gwyneth Paltrow had finished dating Brad Pitt, she had a high profile relationship with Ben Affleck, though the romance was short-lived.
In 2002, Affleck began dating Jennifer Lopez. Their engagement was announced that same year. Their relationship was constantly under the media's spotlight but the couple never made it to their wedding, which had been planned for September 2004. They split up prior to that date.
Following his relationship with Lopez, Affleck dated his Daredevil co-star, Jennifer Garner. In May 2005, Garner's pregnancy was announced. In June 2005, they married in the Caribbean. In December that year, garner gave birth to their daughter, Violet Anne Affleck.
When the comedian Sarah Silverman made a joke video for her boyfriend, Jimmy Kimmel, entitled 'I'm F*cking Matt Damon', Affleck agreed to appear in Kimmel's response, entitled 'I'm F*cking Ben Affleck.' A number of celebrities featured in the video, including Macy Gray, Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz.
Ben Affleck seen alone and with his brother Casey Affleck at the Premiere of 'Manchester by the Sea' held at Samuel Goldwyn Theater - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Monday 14th November 2016
While this slick dramatic thriller plays with some intriguing ideas and themes, it never actually breaks the surface, relying on silly plotting and simplistic moralising. It also uses autism as little more than a plot point. Still, it's sharply shot and edited to create plenty of interest, with comical asides and some intense action. So it's entertaining even if it's both preposterous and shallow.
It centres on Christian (Ben Affleck), a mild-mannered autistic accountant with a big secret: he's not only cooking the books for top gangsters around the world, but he's also an efficient killer. In his day job, he's hired by Lamar (John Lithgow) and his sister Rita (Smart) to locate an anomaly in their robotics company's books. Working with company accountant Dana (Anna Kendrick), Christian crunches the numbers and finds more than anyone expected. Meanwhile, Federal Agent Ray (J.K. Simmons) wants catch this mythical mob accountant-killer before he retires, so he coerces analyst Marybeth (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) into tracking him down. But just as they close in on Christian, so does hyperactive hitman Brax (Jon Bernthal).
The script by Bill Dubuque (The Judge) never even remotely holds water. Christian's autism provides some intriguing flashbacks, which build throughout the movie to a climactic moment, as his militaristic father cruelly treats his condition by sending him to Karate Kid-style training in Indonesia with his silently annoyed little brother. Where a real autistic child would revert into the horror of all of that, Christian emerges as adeptly skilled at engaging with everyone he meets and also able to fight more efficiently than experienced military commandos, whom he kills by the dozen as Brax and his army surround him. No, it makes absolutely no sense, but as a movie it's a rather amusing waste of time.
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While taking his youngest child, Samuel, to an indoor playcentre in London, Affleck realised that young Prince George and Princess Charlotte were there too.
Ben Affleck has revealed that his young son Samuel recently had an impromptu playdate with the British royal children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
While in London, the Justice League actor took his four year old son to an indoor play centre, and noticed a few odd things about the place and people in it, as he recounted to chat show host Graham Norton in an episode being broadcast tomorrow evening (November 4th).
Ben Affleck and his two daughters, Violet and Seraphina
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Ben Affleck talks about his new movie The Accountant
In his new action thriller The Accountant, Ben Affleck tackles a role unlike anything he has ever done before. "It's definitely the most complicated and interesting character that I've played," he says of the maths savant Christian Wolff, who becomes entangled with the mob and US officials.
Ben Affleck in The Accountant
The role required quite a lot of research. "I went around and spent time with people who were at various places on the autism spectrum," Affleck says. "I observed behaviour and talked to them and engaged with them in everything from what their daily life is like to what type of movie they'd like to see about someone with autism. There were a lot of different responses, but really the value was in grounding the guy and making him like real people I had met, rather than just an imagined version of what it might be."
Continue reading: The Accountant Gave Ben Affleck Some Big Challenges
The pair will go trick-or-treating with the kids this month.
There's certainly no bad blood between Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner since they decided to call time on their 10 year long marriage last year. The actor gushed about his ex's parenting skills on the red carpet during the premiere for his latest film 'The Accountant' earlier this week in Los Angeles.
Ben Affleck says Jennifer Garner is a great mom
On Monday (October 10th 2016), Affleck told Extra that Garner was 'a great mom' as he discussed his Halloween plans for the kids later this month. The pair have been separated for 15 months, but they continue to live and parent their children together, occasionally going on trips out and having dinner as a family.
Continue reading: Ben Affleck Praises Jennifer Garner For Parenting Skills
Affleck was distracted at the red carpet premiere of his new movie 'The Accountant' by a reporter with the baseball on his phone.
He’s one of the most famous movie stars in the world, but Ben Affleck had his mind on other things as he attended the premiere of his latest movie The Accountant this week, holding up the red carpet arrival to watch baseball!
The 44 year old Hollywood A-lister arrived at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday night (October 10th) for the star-studded premiere of his new film, but decided to watch his beloved Boston Red Sox on a reporter’s phone as he made his way down the red carpet.
Ben Affleck at the L.A. premiere of 'The Accountant'
Continue reading: Ben Affleck Holds Up Premiere Of 'The Accountant' To Watch Baseball
West portrayed Batman in the 1960s TV series and 1966 movie.
Appearing at New York Comic-Con West, who also starred in the 1966 film Batman: The Movie, said that the current films could use a little more humour.
Adam West at New York Comic-Con
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Looking back, the Batman actor is glad he only found fame when older.
Ben Affleck has said he’s glad his career as a child actor didn't work out, because he was able to properly enjoy his childhood.
The 44-year-old began his showbiz career way back in 1984, but didn't find success until he was older.
Ben Affleck actually started his acting career back in 1984
Continue reading: Ben Affleck Is Glad His Acting Career Didn't Work Out As A Child
He admits it may change over the course of production.
Ben Affleck has finally confirmed the title of his upcoming solo Batman venture as simply 'The Batman'. At least, that's the current working title. The screenplay is still underway and production is in its very early stages, but the actor has promised to keep the world informed of any new developments.
Ben Affleck confirms 'The Batman' title
Affleck is the producer, writer, director and star of the forthcoming Batman movie; the latest instalment in the DC film universe and a sequel to Affleck's Batman debut 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'. The film is expected to be called 'The Batman', though given that it isn't expected to arrive in cinemas until... well, we don't actually know, it's not set in stone.
Continue reading: Ben Affleck Confirms His Movie's Working Title As 'The Batman'
Many critics complained about the movie’s dark and more serious tone.
Ben Affleck has defended his debut as Batman in Dawn Of Justice earlier this year, calling the film “the biggest hit of my career”.
Affleck, who will soon be directing a solo Batman movie, responded to critics who disliked the film’s dark tone, saying he believes tone is subjective and he found the criticisms ‘interesting’.
Ben Affleck as Batman
Star of Argo and Batman returns to the silver screen in gangtser themed thriller
Ben Affleck is returning to the director's seat for new film 'Live By Night' to work on another Dennis Lehane novel. The film, scheduled for a January 2017 release, set in prohibition era USA, follows Joe Coughlin (Affleck) -the son of a Boston police captain - as he turns into a notorious gangster.
Zoe Saldana and Ben Affleck in Live By Night
Lehane and Affleck first worked together when Affleck adapted 'Gone Baby Gone' in 2007; the neo-noir thriller gained good reviews and after two credits in panned films this year in Batman vs. Superman and Suicide Squad, Affleck is in need of a reputation restoring film. The film is already being tipped for an Oscar nod and with Affleck winning Best Producer and Best Film in 2012 for Argo it's understandable why.
Date of birth
15th August, 1972
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