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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 actor spoke following his time on stage at San Diego Comic Con 2017.
This week, there has been a lot of talk about Ben Affleck and his role in the DC Extended Universe as the Caped Crusader and World's Greatest Detective, Batman. We saw the actor debut in the role in 'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice' and whilst he was pegged as one of the best parts of the film and the DCEU in general, rumours continued to swirl about his future.
Ben Affleck makes his return as Bruce Wayne in 'Justice League'
Clearing up recent rumours that he would be exiting the DCEU at the nearest opportunity, following news that he would no longer be involved in the production of the upcoming solo Batman flick, Affleck told Entertainment Weekly: "Trying to do that, and direct, would probably be too much. Something would be compromised. I think it came off, optically, to the broader world, like lack of interest or enthusiasm. When in fact I love this character. I think getting Matt Reeves to come in and do it is really, really exciting. Matt hasn’t really unveiled his full vision yet. He wanted to wait until 'Apes' came out, and he was obviously consumed with that. So I’m looking forward to hearing what his story is."
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Matt Reeves discusses the newest project in the DC Universe
The DC Extended Universe has been in a state of limbo since Ben Affleck shocked the masses by walking away from the director's chair for The Batman, though things seem to be getting themselves back on track. Matt Reeves stepped in as director, and with his latest feature-length 'War For The Planet Of The Apes' being over and done with, it means he can now move onto pastures new.
Reeves has been evasive on just what he has planned for The Batman, but in a recent MTV interview, he explained he planned on moving away from the script that Geoff Johns and Affleck had previously planned, saying: "It's a new story. It's just starting again. I'm excited about it. I think it's going to be really cool."
Continue reading: Matt Reeves Confirms The Batman Is Starting From Scratch
The first installment in the DC hit-franchise is still fresh in our minds, but details are emerging about the sequel.
Wonder Woman may still be showing on the silver screen, but it seems as though the sequel to the hit film is already in the works with multiple reports that Diana Prince will again find herself in a war zone, this time in the 1980s Cold War. The rumours started courtesy of inside sources at ScreenRant, with suspicions being confirmed by The Wrap.
In amongst the rumours is also the news that Chris Pine could return as Steve Trevor in the second instalment of the franchise. No other news has been made available, but we already know that Patty Jenkins is working on the DC film with boss Geoff Johns.
Continue reading: Wonder Woman Sequel Set For Cold War Setting
After Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus seemingly went public with their relationship last week, how is Jen coping?
A new report by People citing multiple but varying sources suggests that Garner is staying in “mama-bear mode” for the sake of her three children whom she shares with Ben, but she isn’t particularly happy that he’s romantically involved with somebody from his past.
“It’s not an easy situation for Jen,” a source close to the situation revealed. The 45 year old expected Ben to start dating soon after they announced their official split and divorce back in April this year, as he “just can’t be alone”.
The movie star and his estranged wife, Jennifer Garner, split in 2015
Hollywood superstars Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have had a relatively pain free divorce so far with the parents-of-three involved in one of showbiz’s most amicable splits. However, things are moving forward and – two months after Ben moved out of the family home – he appears to be dating Saturday Night Live producer, Lindsey Shookus.
Ben and Jen have been slowly separatig for the past two years
Ben and Jen announced their separation two years ago, in 2015, but have remained on good terms as they continue to parent their three children, Violet, 11, Seraphina, 8, Samuel, 5.
The cast of Justice League (Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Zack Snyder, Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher, Henry Cavill) arrive at Warner Brother's CinemaCon 2017 event held at - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Wednesday 29th March 2017
Superman is missing from the 'Justice League' trailer.
The first major trailer for 'Justice League' has finally dropped and it tells us a lot about what to expect in the forthcoming DC movie. Following directly on from 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice', we meet the majority of the team and the dangers they're set to face.
[L-R] The Flash, Superman, Cyborg, Wonder Woman, Batman and Aquaman make up the Justice League
We see Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) having taken a long journey somewhere, most likely to track down Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) in an isolated fishing village. Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) is the first to unite with Bruce as he gathers the Justice League, both spurred by the brave sacrifice of their friend Clark Kent (Henry Cavill). Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) is a little shocked to be recruited, especially while he's got his own problems to deal with such as his father Henry Allen (Billy Crudup) being in prison.
In the wake of his friend Clark Kent's monumental sacrifice, Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince are determined to recruit the most powerful superheroes on the planet to help them fight a new menace that Lex Luthor predicted was coming to the Earth. They are the intrepid Arthur Curry or Aquaman, king of the sea; the young but lightning-fast Barry Allen, also known as The Flash; and the half-man half-machine known as Victor Stone or Cyborg. Together they must fight an army of parademons that have descended upon them, apparently in search of the Mother Box that transformed Victor Stone into the biomechanical creature he is. They are serving the villainous extra-terrestrial Steppenwolf, who will stop at nothing to get what he wants and take over the world. But as you can probably work out, these heroes have an advantage in that Superman is far from dead as they initially suspected.
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For some stars, aid work is their main purpose in life.
Part of being a celebrity means using your voice, your recognition and your wealth to make a difference in the world. It's almost an unspoken rule. But for some stars the likes of Angelina Jolie and Bob Geldof, humanitarian work almost becomes another career.
Whether it's poverty, disease, women's rights or climate change, there's always a major star out there using their popularity to raise awareness and money for it. Here are just a few of the world's most devoted celebrity humanitarians:
Angelina Jolie has visited some of the bleakest countries in the world
Ben and Jen are giving it another go, with People reporting that the A-list couple have called off their divorce.
The couple, who have been married for nearly 12 years and have three children together (Violet, 11, Seraphina, 8, and Samuel, 5), split back in June 2015, just a day after their tenth wedding anniversary, after it was widely reported that Affleck had had a relationship with the children’s nanny.
However, they have always been adamant that living arrangements would be focussed around the needs of their kids – with Affleck for a while said to have been living on the same property as Garner even after the separation.
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
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Date of birth
15th August, 1972
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