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Ben Affleck: The Ups And Downs

Kaitlyn Durocher |
March 11, 2013 | 10:34 a.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

As an actor, director, writer and producer, it is easy to say that Ben Affleck is more than a triple threat. Not only does Affleck write and direct movies, but he also stars in many of his own films. Fresh after his Oscars win, Affleck has a career that is easily recognizable for all he has accomplished. 

Affleck began his career as an actor for a Burger King commercial. A gig like that doesn’t seem too promising, but within a short amount of time, the actor was on to much bigger things. 

In 1993, Affleck made a breakthrough into the Hollywood scene when he landed a role in “Dazed and Confused” by Richard Linklater. 

Along with gaining recognition in the movie world, Affleck acted in numerous independent films that earned him many awards.  

For a while, it appeared as though Affleck would become a household-named celebrity. However, after his initial success and once his work in independent movies began to slow down, Affleck found himself frustrated with acting and being rejected so often. 

Ben Affleck in "The Man Life" (Pinterest)
Ben Affleck in "The Man Life" (Pinterest)

Eventually Affleck, along with his good friend Matt Damon, decided to take action and turn things around for themselves after facing a period of hardship in show business. The duo wrote “Good Will Hunting” and quickly acquired the fame they had been looking for. Ben’s role in the movie attributes greatly to his status today, and his involvement in that film is still one of his most remembered roles of his career. 

After the film was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won two of them, Affleck was then able to choose his roles in films instead of always having to audition for them. 

 “Pearl Harbor,” “Armageddon,” and “Shakespeare in Love,” are among the films that Affleck starred in thereafter, and suddenly, everyone in Hollywood knew who he was, and those who didn’t soon found out. 

However, while “Good Will Hunting” helped push his career along, Affleck was still the brunt of many different beliefs when it came to his role in the film. Many people mocked Affleck saying that Damon was the brains behind the script while Affleck was off smoking pot and was of little help. 

Criticism and rumors such as this were not the only ones that Affleck would have to deal with in his professional life. 


The public may have realized Affleck’s talents, but people also noticed his mishaps and flaws.

While dating actress and singer Jennifer Lopez, Affleck was criticized for going after J.Lo while she was already married to Chris Judd. 

After Lopez and Affleck split, the actor and director started dating and married actress Jennifer Garner. The couple now has three children - Violet, Seraphina and Samuel - and they are going on strong with eight years of marriage. 

Despite constant criticism in his personal and professional life, the actor worked hard to achieve the success that he has now. Not only is Affleck respected in the acting realm, but many also consider his work as a director to be equally impressive. 

“Gone Baby Gone,” the first movie Affleck directed, highlighted his skills as a film director and led him to direct numerous other movies. “The Town,” and “Argo” are Affleck’s most famous works. “Argo,” which came out this past October, earned Affleck the Best Director award at the Golden Globes and the Directors Guild Awards. The movie also received seven nominations for the 2013 Oscars, and won three: Best Film Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay and most importantly, Best Picture. 

Affleck’s role in the making of "Argo" and his talents on-screen made the film his most memorable piece in his career up-to-date.

“Argo” may seem hard to top, but with Affleck’s determination and adherence to success, the artist will more than likely be around for many years.  

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