Ben Affleck was motivated to succeed at an early age by his actor father's failures.
The Armageddon star landed his first gig in U.S. educational science series The Voyage of the Mimi when he was 12 years old, around the same time his dad Timothy was trying to make it big.
Affleck insists he was so determined to avoid walking in his father's footsteps, he worked harder than ever to beat the family curse.
He tells GQ magazine, "I lived with this tremendous fear of failure because my father was a playwright and a director, and I think he did a couple of things as a child as an actor as well, and... he failed, basically. Not just being an alcoholic and stuff. He didn't do what he said he was going to do. He worked with guys who later became famous, like James Woods and Dustin Hoffman, and he wasn't successful. And that wasn't going to be me...
"That definitely drove me. It drove me and drove me and drove me... and I have it to thank for not giving up."