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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.
The pair announced their separation in October 2015
When Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced their separation after a decade of marriage, many fans were left bereft by the break-up of one of Hollywood’s seemingly strongest unions. Then when the couple remained friends, there were the inevitable hopes for reconciliation. However, a new report has revealed the divorce is back on and "not one thing" has changed.
The couple are still planning to divorce, two years after announcing their separation
Despite announcing their divorce in 2015, neither has filed papers on the action; however, 44-year-old Garner is now reportedly filing for divorce from her Batman star husband, Affleck.
Affleck was recently confirmed to be NOT directing 'The Batman', despite many rumours that he would be doing so.
Amid increasing reports that Ben Affleck is losing creative control of his involvement in the upcoming stand-alone Batman movie, further reports are suggesting that the star is considering quitting his role as The Caped Crusader altogether.
Having already ruled himself out of directing The Batman, something that had been rumoured for months, and added to recent reports that the script for it that he’d been working on was being re-written, it’s now being rumoured that the 44 year old star is looking to quit as Batman entirely.
According to entertainment news site Collider, three separate sources involved with studio Warner Bros. have stated over the last four days that Affleck is seeking to extricate himself from the prestigious role.
Continue reading: Is Ben Affleck Thinking Of Quitting His 'Batman' Role?
The director is said to be top of Warner Bros’ list.
Last week Ben Affleck announced he was stepping down as director of the upcoming Batman solo movie.
Now, according to reports, the project might have found itself a new helmer, Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves.
Ben Affleck will star as Batman in an upcoming solo movie
Continue reading: Is Matt Reeves Going From 'Planet Of The Apes' To 'The Batman'?
The actor will remain as producer and star of the project.
Ben Affleck has announced he will not be directing the stand alone Batman movie after all.
Tentatively titled ‘The Batman’, Affleck was tipped to helm the project last year, but now the actor has said he will not be able to juggle the dual responsibilities of directing and starring in the movie.
Ben Affleck will not be directing the Batman solo movie
Continue reading: Ben Affleck Steps Down As Director Of Batman Solo Movie
He will star alongside Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill
Fawlty Towers legend John Cleese is to appear in the new Batman film, Justice League. The comedy icon will star alongside Batman and Superman themselves, Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in addition to Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons.
John Cleese is set to join the cast of the next Batman film
The Sun reported that the Monty Python actor was first linked to upcoming DC movie when he started following both Ben Affleck and director Zach Snyder on Twitter.
Continue reading: John Cleese Will Star In New Batman Film, Justice League
The nominations are in for the award season gong no one wants to receive.
The nominees for the 37th annual Golden Raspberry Awards, aka the Razzies, have been revealed and according to organisers 2016 was so bad for movies there’s more contenders than ever.
Leading the pack with nine nominations is Zoolander 2, described as a "15-years-too-late sequel”, which is up for nine awards, followed by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a "WTF comic-book battle royale,” which has eight nods.
Zoolander 2 leads the 2016 Razzie nominations
The actor finally addressed THAT meme following the critical beatings dished out to 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' last year.
For such a successful actor and director, Ben Affleck certainly seems to come in for more than his fair share of ridicule from the public and social media. Memorably, there was a ‘Sad Affleck’ meme that did the rounds after last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice got panned.
It turns out the 44 year old star hasn’t taken it to heart and views it all with a sense of humour. Indeed, he was the one who brought it up in a recent BBC Radio 1 interview for his new project Live By Night – the first time he’s addressed the ‘Sadfleck’ incident.
Ben Affleck responded gracefully to the 'Sad Affleck' meme that did the rounds last year
Continue reading: Ben Affleck Responds To 'Sad Affleck' Meme
He's always been a fan of Dennis Lehane.
For his new film, Ben Affleck returns to the work of author Dennis Lehane, whose novel Gone Baby Gone was the basis for his first directing job in 2007. The new film is 1920s gangster drama Live by Night. He opens up about working from source material of that calibre.
Ben Affleck stars in 'Live By Night'
"Obviously I'm not the first person to discover Dennis Lehane. He's had great directors adapt his work," Affleck says, referring to Clint Eastwood (Mystic River) and Martin Scorsese (Shutter Island). "His dialogue is really sharp and crackles, the characters are punchy and sexy. Everything just sort of jumps right onto the screen. You don't have to do a lot of work to adapt that stuff because it's just written in a cinematic way in the novel."
Continue reading: Ben Affleck Felt Lucky While Making Live By Night
Miller starred opposite Affleck in 'Live By Night' - which had a script that required an entire day to shoot all the sex scenes.
Any movie star will tell you that the most awkward and potentially embarrassing aspect of their job is filming sex scenes.
Trying to remain cool and professional in a cramped room, half-naked with your colleagues and in front of dozens of crew members, cameras and lights… enough to make even the steeliest of nerves falter.
However, Sienna Miller reckons there’s one way to cure this – if both actors approach it with a sense of humour. She was cast opposite Ben Affleck in Live By Night, playing the Irish moll Emma Gould to Affleck’s gangster Joe Coughlin, and spoke at the red carpet premiere about having to film sex scenes for a whole DAY.
Ben Affleck launched his directing career 10 years ago with his film of Dennis Lehane's novel Gone Baby Gone, and he now returns to the author to adapt this Prohibition-era gangster drama. It's a big, beefy story with colourful characters and a snaky, expansive plot. And it's beautifully assembled by a skilled cast and crew. Even so, the film never quite generates quite enough energy to engage properly with the audience.
In 1927 Boston, Joe (Affleck) is a war veteran who has turned to crime to survive. But problems arise when he launches a torrid affair with the moll (Sienna Miller) of the Irish mob boss (Robert Glenister). With his life in danger, he turns to the rival Italian mafioso (Remo Girone) for a job, and is sent to Tampa to run their rum-smuggling operation. Working with his pal Dion (Chris Messina), Joe makes a success of a string of speak-easy bars and finds love with a the sister (Zoe Saldana) of a Cuban gangster. Then as he plans to open a huge casino, his gentlemanly agreement with the local police chief (Chris Cooper) is threatened. And it doesn't help that the boss in Boston begins to meddle.
Everything is assembled with a sumptuous sense of style, from the cool cars to the epic suits and hats. The film looks gorgeous, shot with muted colours that echo the subdued emotions of people who never quite say what they think. Of course, this creates a big problem, because it leaves Affleck's Joe looking like a blank slate, intriguing to watch but impossible to sympathise with. Nothing feels properly developed, with romances that seem to exist for no real reason and business relationships that appear to be based on some sort of unexplained subterfuge. The most riveting element of the story is Joe's clash with the KKK, a powerfully bull-headed group that refuses to play by the usual mob rules.
Continue reading: Live By Night Review
Date of birth
15th August, 1972
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