Ben Affleck Is Batman
Affleck has proven himself as not only one of Hollywood’s premier actors but also as an Oscar-winning director and screenwriter with Argo. That film marked an enormous turning point for Affleck who now sees himself as a newer version of Batman.
Affleck stars as Uncle Charlie in this film adaptation of J.R. Moehringer’s memoir. As Uncle Charlie, Affleck displays remarkable social awareness while sensing even subtler cues among his hard-drinking patrons at their local tavern.
Early Life and Education
At age seven, Affleck was cast in an independent film by a family friend and began appearing in local TV productions. Later he attended drama classes at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School where he met lifelong friend Matt Damon.
Early in his acting career, Affleck appeared in several small TV appearances before landing a starring role in the PBS miniseries The Voyage of Mimi (1984). From there he went on to star in Dazed and Confused (1993), Richard Linklater’s high school stoner comedy that became a cult classic, Mallrats (1995) directed by Kevin Smith as well as Chasing Amy (1997) with Kevin Smith himself playing the lead. 1998 saw major roles in Armageddon as well as working together with Damon for critically acclaimed Good Will Hunting (1997); both actors co-wrote as well as co-wrote/acted alongside Damon on co-wrote/acted performance.
After Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon and Damon quickly rose to Hollywood A-list status, appearing together in movies such as Dogma (1999) and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001). Additionally, they shared co-starring roles on HBO’s Project Greenlight series where first-time filmmakers competed to get their films made.
In 2023, they returned together on-screen for Air, a historical action film about Nike’s deal with basketball icon Michael Jordan. Affleck directed and played Nike co-founder Phil Knight while Damon played sports marketing executive Sonny Vaccaro.
Affleck also boasts an active career as a professional poker player, having amassed over $2.1 million from live tournament winnings (including winning $264k at 2016 Coco Poker Open’s $1,500 no-limit hold’em event), both live and online.
Achievement and Honors
Over three decades, Affleck’s acting and writing abilities have garnered him many accolades and honors in his three decade long career. First recognized for cowriting Good Will Hunting alongside childhood friend Matt Damon which won both Academy and Golden Globe awards as best original screenplay, Affleck first gained mainstream renown when cowriting this movie with Matt Damon which earned both awards.
He continued his filmography with roles in several popular flicks such as Armageddon and Shakespeare in Love (for which he won an Academy Award), appearing alongside Jennifer Lopez (his ex-partner) in Jersey Girl and marrying costar Garner later that same year.
More recently, Affleck won the top directororial prize at the Directors Guild of America awards for Argo and was reunited with Damon on Ridley Scott’s medieval drama The Last Duel (2021). Additionally, Affleck is currently working on another movie about sports legend Michael Jordan’s historic contract with Nike.
While reviews for Manchester by the Sea remain positive, Affleck’s personal life has recently come under scrutiny due to two women filing sexual harassment suits against him.
Gorka claims that Affleck and Phoenix often had crew members stay at their apartment instead of paying for hotels during filming, which led to her experiencing daily sexual innuendoes and unwelcome advances from them.
Affleck’s acting credits include Gone Baby Gone and Argo. More recently, in 2016, Kenneth Lonergan directed and wrote Manchester by the Sea which tells the tale of an uncle taking responsibility for caring for his nephew after their father passes away.
Ben Affleck is one of the highest paid actors worldwide. His roles in films like ‘Daredevil’ and ‘Gone Baby Gone’ have earned him significant remuneration, as have his collection of exotic cars which includes Porsche, Mercedes and BMW models.
He quickly made his mark in Hollywood after writing and directing Good Will Hunting with Matt Damon, which was inspired by their mutual dissatisfaction over receiving small supporting roles on previous movies. They later co-founded Pearl Street Films (later Artists Equity).
The couple has won numerous awards and accolades for their collaboration, amassing an estimated combined net worth of more than half a billion dollars and becoming one of Hollywood’s most powerful couples.