Ben Affleck

Movie Actor

Ben Affleck was born in Berkeley, California, United States on August 15th, 1972 and is the Movie Actor. At the age of 51, Ben Affleck biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, movies, and networth are available.

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Other Names / Nick Names
Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt, Ben
Date of Birth
August 15, 1972
Nationality
United States
Place of Birth
Berkeley, California, United States
Age
51 years old
Zodiac Sign
Leo
Networth
$85 Million
Profession
Actor, Character Actor, Executive Producer, Film Actor, Film Director, Film Producer, Poker Player, Screenwriter, Television Actor, Voice Actor, Writer
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Ben Affleck Height, Weight, Eye Color and Hair Color

At 51 years old, Ben Affleck has this physical status:

Height
192cm
Weight
98kg
Hair Color
Dark Brown
Eye Color
Hazel
Build
Athletic
Measurements
Not Available
Ben Affleck Religion, Education, and Hobbies
Religion
Protestant
Hobbies
Listening to Music, Playing Baseball, Basket ball, and video games
Education
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, University of Virginia, University of Vermont
Ben Affleck Spouse(s), Children, Affair, Parents, and Family
Spouse(s)
Jennifer Garner ​(m. 2005; div. 2018)
Children
Samuel Garner Affleck, Violet Affleck, Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck
Dating / Affair
Cheyenne Rothman (1990-1997), Gwyneth Paltrow (1997-2000), Jennifer Lopez (2002-2004), Enza Sambataro (2004)
Parents
Timothy Byers Affleck, Christine Anne Boldt
Siblings
Casey Affleck (Younger Brother) (Actor)
Other Family
Myron Hopkins Strong Affleck, Jr. (Paternal Grandfather), Nancy Louise Byers (Paternal Grandmother), O’Brien “Obie” Boldt (Maternal Grandfather) (Democratic activist & professor of political science at the City University of New York), Elizabeth Shaw (née Roberts) (Maternal Grandmother)
Ben Affleck Life

Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt (born August 15, 1972) is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter.

Two Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards have been among his honors.

He began his career as a child and appeared in the PBS educational series The Voyage of the Mimi (1984, 1988).

He appeared in Dazed and Confused (1993) and several Kevin Smith films, including Mallrats (1995). Chasing Amy (1997) and Dogma (1999).

When Affleck and his childhood friend Matt Damon received the Golden Globe and Academy Award for writing Good Will Hunting (1997), they also appeared in and winning the latter at the age of 25, he became the youngest winner in the category.

He then established himself as a leading man in studio films, including the dramatic comedy Forces of Nature (1999), the war drama Pearl Harbor (2001), and the spy thriller The Sum of All Fears (2002). Affleck received a Golden Globe Award for his role in the noir biopic Hollywoodland (2006), despite a career downturn, during which he appeared in Daredevil and Gigli (both 2003).

Gone Baby Gone, his directorial debut, was well received.

He later wrote, co-wrote, and appeared in the crime drama The Town (2010).

Affleck directed, co-produced, and starred in Argo (2012), the best British Globe and BAFTA Award for Best Director, as well as the Academy Award for Best Picture.

He appeared in the psychological thriller Gone Girl in 2014 and played the superhero Batman in both Batman vs. Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017), as well as a stint in Suicide Squad (2016).

His subsequent acting appearances were in the action thriller The Accountant (2016) and Triple Frontier (2019), and he wrote and appeared in the gangster film Live by Night (2016). Affleck is the co-founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, a grantmaking and advocacy-based nonprofit group.

He is also a stalwart of the Democratic Party.

Pearl Street Films co-owners Affleck and Damon.

Early life

Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born in Berkeley, California, on August 15, 1972. His family moved to Massachusetts when he was three years old, and his brother Casey was born in Falmouth, before settling in Cambridge. Christopher Anne "Chris" Boldt, his mother, was a Harvard-educated elementary school teacher. Timothy Byers Affleck, his father, was "mostly unemployed." He worked as a carpenter, auto mechanic, bookie, electrician, bartender, and janitor at Harvard sporadically. He had been an actor and stage manager with the Boston Theater Company in the 1960s.

During Affleck's youth, his father had a self-described "severe, persistent problem with alcoholism," and Affleck has recalled him consuming "all day, every day." His father was "very difficult," and Affleck felt a sense of "relief" at the age of 11, when his parents separated and his father left the family home. His father continued to drink heavily and eventually became homeless, spending two years on Cambridge's streets. When Affleck was 16, his father established a rehabilitation center in Indio, California. He worked at the hospital for a year to maintain his sobriety and worked there as an addiction counselor.

Affleck was born in a politically engaged, liberal household. Casey and his brother were surrounded by people who worked in the arts; the boys were often attended theater performances with their mother; and were encouraged to make their own home movies. Affleck's "very bright and intensely curious" child was later remembered by David Wheeler, a family friend. Because of their mother's acquaintance with a Cambridge-area casting director, the brothers auditioned for roles in local commercials and film productions, and Affleck first performed professionally at the age of seven. His mother saved his money in a college trust fund in the hopes that her son would one day become a teacher, fearing that doing was an unstable and "frivolious" profession. When Affleck was 13, he produced a children's television show in Mexico. During a year spent traveling around the country with his mother and brother, he learned to speak Spanish.

Affleck performed in theater productions and was inspired by drama instructor Gerry Speca as a Cambridge Rindge and Latin high school student. He became close friends with fellow student Matt Damon, who had been with him since the age of eight. Despite the fact that Damon was two years older, the two had "identical aspirations" and both wanted to pursue acting careers. They travelled together to New York for acting auditions and saved money for train and airline tickets in a joint bank account. Although Affleck had high SAT ratings, he was still primarily an unfocused student with poor attendance. He spent a few months at the University of Vermont studying Spanish, which was chosen for its proximity to his then-girlfriend, but he left after fractured his hip while playing basketball. Affleck, 18, a senior at Occidental College, moved to Los Angeles to study Middle Eastern affairs.

Personal life

Jennifer Lopez was first dated by Affleck from 2002 to 2004. They became friends on the set of Gigli in December 2001, having first met each other at work parties. When Lopez filed for divorce from her second husband, Cris Juddd, in July 2002, they began a romantic relationship. Their friendship was heavily publicized, with tabloids referring to the pair as Bennifer, the first celebrity portmanteau of its kind. They appeared together in the music video for her album "Jenny from the Block" and the film Jersey Girl. This Is Me... Lopez' album This Is Me... Then was dedicated to and inspired by Affleck. They married in November 2002, but their planned wedding, which was postponed with four days' notice on September 14, 2003, was postponed with four days' notice due to "excessive media coverage." In January 2004, they called off the engagement.

Affleck and Lopez stayed in regular contact after their breakup and spoke highly of each other in public. Affleck's dissatisfaction with the media was one of the reasons for her divorce, but she referred to it later as her "first true heartbreak": "I think this time, different thing," she said. Both during the friendship and in the months after the break-up, Affleck characterized some of the media coverage as "rooted in bigotry, classism, and misogyny: "We were considered two particular groups of people." He challenged the "curious belief" that he should treat the relationship as a mistake and reflected on the prevailing tabloid culture at the time, "where it's about one person and everyone is concerned about them." Affleck admitted that "I did contribute to it" in a film "Jenny from the Block" music video and a joint promotional interview for Gigli. "Neither of them "anticipated" the degree of interest they would receive: "I believe Jen and I made a mistake in that we fell in love, we were excited, but maybe too late."

Affleck and Lopez began dating in April 2021, 20 years since they first met, and in April 2022, they announced their second wedding anniversary. They were married in Las Vegas on July 16, 2022, with Affleck becoming the stepfather to Lopez's twins, Max and Emme Muziz (born February 2008).

Affleck was married to actress Jennifer Garner from 2005 to 2018. They began dating in August 2004 and developed a relationship on the sets of Pearl Harbor (2001) and Daredevil (2003). They were married in 2005 in a private Turks and Caicos ceremony. The only guests were Victor Garber, who officiated the wedding, and Rainer Andreesen, his partner. Affleck and Garner have three children together: Violet Anne (born December 2005), Seraphina Rose Elizabeth (born January 2009) and Samuel Garner (born February 2012).

They announced their separation in June 2015, with Affleck living in a guesthouse at the family's house until mid-2017. They filed for divorce in April 2017 together, requesting joint physical and legal custody of their children, which was finally settled in October 2018. And if you're on the right path and you agree it's the right option," Affleck called the divorce "the biggest regret of my life" and "a painful journey." He also said that he never envisioned himself as a divorcee person and that he had been reluctant to divorce due to the consequences it would have on his children.

Although Affleck believes paparazzi attention is "part of the package" of fame, he has spoken out against photographs taken at his private residence and paparazzi interest in his children specifically, who, he claims, were the "big money" draw for photographers waiting outside his house. In 2013, Affleck and Garner hosted an event for lawmakers in favor of a bill that would shield celebrities' children from harassment by photographers; their six-year-old daughter gave a speech about her personal experiences. Garner also testified before the California Assembly Judiciary Committee in favour of the bill, which later became statute. Despite the laws, photographers still wait outside their children's kindergarten, and police assistance is still needed. Affleck argued in favour of United Kingdom-style legislation in 2014, which allows media organizations to blur children's faces in published photographs. Garner's long-time stalker, Steven Burky, who was arrested in December 2009 while trying to blend in with paparazzi outside of their daughter's preschool, has said there are "clear risks" involved in paparazzi attention. He was charged with two counts of stalking, but he denied it out of coercion due to insanity. He was declared insane in March 2010, was sent to a California state mental hospital, and was sentenced to ten years away from the Affleck-Garner family if released.

Cheyenne Rothman, Affleck's first major relationship, began in high-school and lasted for seven years. After meeting at a Miramax dinner in October 1997, Affleck began dating actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who later worked together on Shakespeare in Love (1998). Though they first broke up in January 1999, Paltrow convinced Affleck to co-star with her in Bounce (2000) and the pair soon rekindled their friendship. In October 2000, the two people were divorced again. Paltrow and Co. were friends in 2015, according to Paltrow.

Affleck had a long-distance relationship with New York-based television producer Lindsay Shookus from mid-2017 to mid-2018; the pair briefly met in early 2019. At the time, Shookus was the head of Saturday Night Live's talent department, a show that Affleck has hosted five times since 2000. Ana de Armas, a Cuban actress who appeared on the set of Deep Water in the fall of 2019, aged from early 2020 to early 2021, was dated by Affleck.

In Affleck's family, there is a history of heroin use and mental illness. Both of his grandparents were alcoholics. At age 46, his paternal grandmother, who was addicted to both alcohol and barbiturates, died by suicide. His paternal uncle died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His aunt was a heroin addict. Due to his father's heroin use, Affleck attended Al-Anon support meetings as a child. His brother is a recovering alcoholic.

When Affleck was fifteen, his own drinking became a problem. His mother took him to a wilderness camp for at-risk youths in Outward Bound, having first considered a residential recovery program. In a 1998 interview, Affleck said that alcohol was "dangerous" for him. He started receiving residential drug therapy in 2001 and maintained his sobriety for a "couple of years" afterward. He refused to address his alcoholism in detail in subsequent years, but later described it as a time when he "drank moderately." "I thought, 'I want to just drink like a normal person." I like to have wine at dinner.' "I was able to for about eight years." Affleck began to drink "more and more" and, eventually, was drinking until he "passed out" on a nightly basis. "Before dating Affleck, Jennifer Garner was filming 13 films, her producer, Gary Winick, recommended that she join Al-Anon, a group for people living with addicts." If she supported Affleck's fight against alcoholism during their marriage and then divorced, this would be extremely helpful later. Following a publicly reported relapse and intervention, Affleck returned to residential therapy in 2017 and was back to residential therapy in 2018. TMZ filmed him stumbling on a Los Angeles street in late 2019; the following day, he confessed to a brief "slip" after more than a year of sobriety. "I wish it didn't happen," he later referred to the incident as "embarrassing." I wish it wasn't on the internet for my kids to see."

Affleck has anxiety and depression, and he has used antidepressants since age 26. He used alcohol to quell a persistent sense of "discomfort" and said it "took me a long time to properly admit to myself that I am an alcoholic." He follows a twelve-step course. "I think the benefit, if you are a recovering addict," Affleck said during the press junket for The Way Back in 2020, is that he didn't have to be who you are." It doesn't have to be the word on your head." He talked about the benefits of growing up with an often absent, alcoholic father's influence on him while doing interviews for The Tender Bar (2021), a film that has similarities to Affleck's own family history, and how it partially influenced his own decisions and struggles with alcoholism. According to Affleck, he has been active and sober since early 2020.

Affleck won the 2004 California State Poker Championship, winning the first prize of $356,400 and qualifying for the 2004 World Poker Tour final tournament. He was one of many celebrities, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, who competed in Molly Bloom's high-stakes poker games in the mid-2000s. After a string of victories prompted suspicion that he was counting cards, a legal gambling tactic that casinos have frowned on, Affleck was asked to refrain from playing blackjack at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas in 2014. Affleck has denied any tabloid claims of a gambling addiction.

Affleck's family lineage was Protestant, but his family was not religious. Each of his three children was baptized as members of the United Methodist Church as infants. He named the Gospel of Matthew as one of his life's best books in 2008, and as a blogger in 2012, he described himself as agnostic. In 2015, Affleck and his family began attending weekly Methodist church services in Los Angeles. When asked about his faith in 2020, Affleck said it "has been a struggle for me": "I don't have a sense of an anthropomorphized guy up there pushing buttons, which is difficult for me," Affleck said, but the twelve-step program is faith-based. As an alcoholic, faith has greatly helped me recover.

Affleck's ancestry is based on English, Irish, Scottish, and German. Heinrich Boldt, Affleck's presumed maternal great-grandfather who died in Prussia in the late 1840s, mistakenly discovered the Curmsun Disc.

In 2014, Affleck appeared on PBS' Finding Your Roots, the PBS genealogy program Finding Your Roots. Affleck responded positively when told that an ancestor was a slave owner in Georgia. It gives me a sagging feeling to have a genetic link to it. However, we're aware that this is, as a part of our history, we're used to saying, 'It's just dry history, and it's all over now.' Affleck felt anxious about the segment, which was not present in the final version, according to leaked emails from the 2015 Sony email hacking scandal. "We concentrated on what we felt were the most interesting aspects of his ancestry," the show's host, professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., said. According to PBS' internal probe, Affleck wielded "impressive control" over the editorial process and that the show's designers, including Gates, had breached PBS guidelines by incorrectly withholding facts. After a fact-checker and a "independence genealogist" were added to the show's workforce, the show was temporarily postponed, resuming. The episode of Affleck was missing from the show's online archive.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society discovered in 2009 that Affleck is the 11th cousin of President Barack Obama's 44th cousin.

Two women accused Affleck of inappropriate conduct during the 2017 Me Too campaign. During an on-air appearance on TRL Uncensored in 2003, actress Hilarie Burton said, Affleck "wraps his arm around me" and then comes over and tweaks my left boob." "I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton, and I sincerely regret." Affleck "grabbed my ass at a Golden Globes party in 2014," Annamarie Tendler, a makeup artist, said. He tried to play it like he was politely dismissing me out of the way.

In reaction to the Harvey Weinstein film, Affleck promised to donate any future profits from his early Miramax films to charities helping victims of sexual assault, and said he was only aware that Weinstein "was sleazy and a bully." Rose McGowan responded with a tweet, saying, "You lie." After being sexually assaulted by Weinstein at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997, she told Affleck, 'Goddamnit, I told him not to do this.'" "I never saw Rose at any hotel in Sundance," Affleck said in a leaked email regarding McGowan's case. She never told me nor did I ever suggest that she was assaulted by anyone." In a 2019 interview, Affleck said, "I don't want to get into other people's personal stories because I feel like those are their stories and they're entitled to say as much or as little of those as they please." Rose is an actress I like. I support her. I love and respect her tenacity, but I wish her the best." McGowan outlined her views in 2020: "It's not like I'm raging at Ben Affleck." 'I was just raped,' I never told him.' It's just more to show how everyone is aware of and everyone is interested in it, whether knowingly or proactively."

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Ben Affleck Career

Career

Affleck acted well throughout his childhood, but not in the sense that I had a mom who wanted to bring me to Hollywood or a family that wanted to profit from me," he said. "I guess I chanced into something." He first appeared in The Dark End of the Street (1981), directed by a family friend, Jan Egleson. His greatest achievement as a child actor was as the star of PBS' The Voyage of the Mimi (1984) and The Second Voyage of the Mimi (1988), which were designed for sixth-grade science classes. In both Massachusetts and Mexico, Affleck lived "sporadically" on Mimi from the age of eight to fifteen. He appeared on the ABC after school special Wanted: A Perfect Man (1986), The television film Hands of a Stranger (1987), and a 1989 Burger King commercial.

Affleck left New York for a short time in search of acting work after high school. Affleck directed student films at Occidental College in Los Angeles later this year. He had a string of "knock-around parts, one after the other." He appeared in Patrick Duffy's television film Daddy (1991), made an uncredited appearance as a basketball player in Buffy the Vampire Slayer film (1992), and appeared in School Ties (1992). Aaron Henry (1994), a high school quarterback in the NBC television series Against the Grain (1993), and a steroid-abusing high school football player in Body to Die For: The Aaron Henry Story (1994). In Richard Linklater's cult masterpiece Dazed and Confused (1993), Affleck's most prominent function during this period was as a high school bully. Linklater needed a sympathetic and imposing actor for the villainous role, and although Affleck was "large and imposing," he was "so smart and full of life." "I just loved him." Affleck later said that Linklater was instrumental in demystifying the filmmaking process for him.

Affleck's first film role was as an aimless art student in the college drama Glory Daze (1995), with Stephen Holden of The New York Times remarking that his "affably mopey performance strikes just the right balance between obnoxious and sad sack." He appeared in filmmaker Kevin Smith's comedy Mallrats (1995) and became friends with Smith during the shooting. Affleck was concerned that he would be relegated to a career of "throwing people into their lockers," but Smith gave him a leading role in the romantic comedy Chasing Amy (1997). Affleck's breakthrough was made in the film. Janet Maslin of The New York Times praised Affleck's "wonderful ease" in his role, combining "good looks with cool comedy timing" in the role. Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman called it a "healthy and quick-witted" performance. Todd McCarthy of Variety found him "good" when Affleck appeared in the coming-of-age drama Going All the Way (1997), while Janet Maslin of The New York Times said that his "flair for comedic self-doubt made a good impression."

Affleck co-wrote and appeared in 1997's Good Will Hunting, a turning point in his career. Damon wrote a 40-page script for a playwriting class at Harvard University in 1992. He begged Affleck to act out the scenes with him in front of the class, and the pair began to write the script in earnest as Damon later moved into Affleck's Los Angeles apartment. The film, which they wrote mainly during improvisation sessions, was shot partly in Cambridge and drew from their own experiences. When Affleck was 22 years old, they sold the screenplay to Castle Rock in 1994. They received letters from business executives, including Rob Reiner and William Goldman, during the research process. Affleck and Damon convinced Miramax not to buy the screenplay after a lengthy controversy with Castle Rock over a good director. The two friends lived in Boston for a year before the film was released, directed by Gus Van Sant, and co-starring Damon, Affleck, Minnie Driver, and Robin Williams. Janet Maslin of The New York Times praised the "smart and touching screenplay," while Emanuel Levy of Variety found it "funny, nonchalant, moving, and angry" on its publication, while Emanuel Levy of Variety found it "funny, nonchalant, moving, and angry." Affleck's role as the working-class cousin of Damon's mathematical prowess was described by Boston Globe writer Jay Carr. Both the Golden Globe and Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay were eventually won by Affleck and Damon. "It was like one of those scenes in an old movie where a newspaper comes spinning from the black to the screen," Affleck said of this time.

You know, '$100 Million Box Office!

Awards!'

"He was the youngest writer (at the age of 25) to win an Academy Award for screenwriting."

Armageddon, who was born in 1998, established Affleck as a viable leading man for Hollywood studio films. During the casting process, Good Will Hunting was not even known, and director Michael Bay dismissed him as a "nerd." Affleck's manager, Jerry Bruckheimer, persuaded him that he should be a star, but he's been ordered to lose weight, become tanned, and have his teeth capped before filming began. The film, in which Bruce Willis played as a blue-collar driller tasked by NASA with preventing an asteroid from colliding with Earth, was a box office hit. "Affleck reveals a sexy Paul Newmanish charm and is clearly destined for fame," Daphne Merkin of The New Yorker wrote. In the period romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love, starring his then-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow, Affleck played an arrogant English actor in a supporting role. "Affleck does some of his finest work," Variety's Lael Loewenstein said, "he may be his true calling," while Variety's Janet Maslin found him "very funny." Shakespeare in Love received seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, in addition to Best Picture, and the cast received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast. In the supernatural horror film Phantoms, Affleck appeared as a small-town sheriff. "Affleck and Peter O'Toole's presence in the "junky" film made them realize that they were reading his script for the first time, without necessarily from cue cards," Stephen Holden of The New York Times wondered why actors such as Affleck and Peter O'Toole were able to appear in the film.

In Kevin Smith's religious satire Dogma (after being seen in Smith's previous films, Mallrats and Chasing Amy), which premiered at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, Affleck and Damon performed on-screen for a on-screen reunion. Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote that the pair, who were playing fallen angels, "bring a great, understandable apprehension to Mr. Smith's ethereal talk and wild imaginations." In the romantic comedy Forces of Nature (1999), Affleck played a groom whose plans to get to his wedding are complicated by his free-spirited traveling companion. Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly said Affleck "has the fast-break charm you want in a screwball hero," while Variety's Joe Leydon praised "his winning ability to act against his good looks in a self-effacing comedic role." In the little-seen ensemble comedy 200 Cigarettes (1999), Affleck appeared opposite Courtney Love.

Affleck shadowed John Frankenheimer during the early stages of the action thriller Reindeer Games (2000), if you're interested in a directorial career. Affleck was described as having "a winning, likable quality" in his last feature film by Frankenheimer, who was directing his last film. I've been doing this for a long time, and he's definitely one of the nicest guys around." He starred opposite Charlize Theron as a toughened criminal, with Elvis Mitchell of The New York Times applauding the unexpected casting choice: "Affleck often suggests Clark Kent as a Clark Kent... He seems as though he has never skipped a party or a night's sleep. He's game, but Reindeer Games' modest disruption is in the best interest." In the crime drama Boiler Room (2000), he played a supporting role as a ruthless stockbroker. A.O. Affleck was "traced" over" Alec Baldwin's appearance in Glengarry Glen Ross, according to Scott of The New York Times, while Peter Rainer of New York Magazine said he "does a string of riffs on Baldwin's aria, and each one is funnier and crueler than the next." In the animated Joseph: King of Dreams, he portrayed Joseph. In his last film role, Affleck starred opposite his girlfriend Paltrow in the romantic drama Bounce. "His portrait of a young, sarcastically self-identified 'people person' who isn't half as positive as he would like to appear" is "close to definitive," Stephen Holden of The New York Times praised the "understated intensity and exquisite detail" of his appearance: "His portrait of a young, sarcastically self-identified 'people person' who isn't half as positive as he would like to appear" is

Affleck and director Michael Bay reunited for the critically acclaimed war film Pearl Harbor (2001). A.O. Affleck and Kate Beckinsale "do what they can with their lines, and shine with the satiny shimmer of real movie stars," Scott said on The New York Times. However, Variety's Todd McCarthy said, "the blandly handsome Affleck couldn't say he'd never so much as been turned down for a date, much less that he'd ever said goodbye to his best friend." Affleck appeared in Kevin Smith's Daddy and Them (2001), made a cameo in the comedy Daddy and Them (2001), and appeared in the little-seen The Third Wheel (2002). In the thriller The Sum of All Fears (2002), Jack Ryan portrayed CIA analyst Jack Ryan. "While Mr. Affleck can be appealing in a role played by both Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin," Stephen Holden of The New York Times felt he was miscast in a role that has previously been played": "While playing earnest young men groping toward maturity, he simply lacks the gravitas for the character." Affleck had a "wonderful experience" making the thriller Changing Lanes (2002), and later cited Roger Michell as someone he learned from as a director. "The ride into a moral fog compels him to play more inwardly and reflectively than he has before." Variety's Robert Koehler said of it as one of his "most fully realized" performances: "The journey into a moral fog compels him to perform more inwardly and reflectively than he has ever."

In the early 2000s, Affleck became more involved in television and film production. In 1998, He and Damon created Pearl Street Films, which was named after the street that ran between their childhood homes and their childhood homes. LivePlanet, Sean Bailey and Chris Moore's co-founded in 2000, aims to bring the Internet to mainstream television and film production. The biggest success of LivePlanet was its documentary series Project Greenlight, which aired on HBO and later Bravo, focusing on first-time filmmakers who had the opportunity to direct a film. In 2002, 2004, 2004, and 2005, Project Greenlight was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program. Push, Nevada (2002), written and produced by Affleck and Bailey, was an ABC mystery drama series that brought a viewer participation game into the program's frame. Caryn James of The New York Times lauded the show's "nerve, imagination, and clever writing," but USA Today's Robert Bianco described it as a "knock-off" of Twin Peaks, according to Robert Bianco of USA Today. After seven episodes due to low viewership, ABC cancelled the show due to low ratings. LivePlanet's focus shifted from multimedia to more traditional filmmaking over time. In 2002, Affleck and his co-started a film production contract with Disney; the contract came to an end in 2007.

Although Affleck had been a tabloid figure for a long time, his 2003 appearance in The film In fact, he attracted more media attention due to his friendship with Jennifer Lopez. In the words of GQ, Affleck had become the "world's most overexposed actor" by the end of the year. His tabloid fame coincided with a string of poorly received films.

Daredevil (2003), which Affleck appeared as the blind superhero, was the first of these series. Affleck was a long-running comic book enthusiast and, in 1999, he wrote a foreword for Kevin Smith's Guardian Devil about his obsession for Darevil's character. The film was a commercial success, but critics had mixed reactions. Affleck was "lost" in the role, according to New York Times reporter Elvis Mitchell: "Only his scenes with Jon Favreau show him his generosity as an actor." Affleck referred to Daredevil as the only film he regretted making in 2014. In the romantic comedy Gigli (2003), he appeared as a low-ranking mobster, co-starring Lopez. The film was almost universally panned, with Los Angeles Times writer Manohla Dargis remarking that "Affleck doesn't have the chops or the charm to maneuver around (or past) bad stuff." Despite this, Affleck has consistently defended director Martin Brest since the film's debut, referring him as "one of the finest directors" in the film. In his last film role as a reverse engineer in the sci-fi thriller Paycheck (2003), Affleck starred as a reverse engineer. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian spoke out about Affleck's "self-deprecating charm" and wondered why he couldn't find better scripts. The Los Angeles Times' Manohla Dargis characterized it as "most unfair" to criticize Affleck given that he "had such a rough year."

In 2004, Affleck's poor critical notices began again as he appeared as a bereaved husband in the romantic comedy Jersey Girl, directed by longtime collaborator Smith. Affleck's "taliation has reduced as his tabloid fame has swelled," according to Stephen Holden of The New York Times, while Variety's Joe Leydon discovered his onscreen role as a father "affecting." He starred opposite James Gandolfini in the holiday film Surviving Christmas later this year. In The New York Times, Holden said that the film "found a clever way to showcase Ben Affleck's contradictory characteristics." The actor's grin, cocky petulance, and bullying frat boy swagger befits his persona. At this point, script quality to Affleck was "just getting worse and worse," and he decided to take a career break. In late 2004, the Los Angeles Times published a piece about Affleck's career's downfall. "Few industry professionals seem to be gloating over Affleck's work," the column said, rather than film critics and tabloid journalists.

Affleck began a career comeback in 2006 after marrying actress Jennifer Garner in 2005 and welcoming their first child. Following his role in the little-seen Man About Town and a minor role in the crime drama Smokin' Aces, Affleck received acclaim for his role as George Reeves in the noir biopic Hollywoodland. Rolling Stone's Peter Travers lauded "an award-caliber effort." This is a feeling, nuanced work from an actor whose work has been postponed." The Guardian's Geoffrey Macnab said he "beautifully" captured "the character's subtle blend of charm, vulnerability, and fatalism. At the Venice Film Festival, he was named for the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. He made a cameo in Smith's Clerks II in 2006.

Affleck's debut with Gone Baby Gone, a crime thriller set in a working-class Boston suburb starring his brother Casey as a private investigator searching for a young incarcerator in 2007. Affleck co-wrote the screenplay, based on Dennis Lehane's book, alongside childhood friend Aaron Stockard, who had first revealed his intention to adapt the story in 2003. It attracted raving reviews. Manohla Dargis of The New York Times praised the film's "sensitivity to real struggle," while Stephen Farber of The Hollywood Reporter described it as "thoughtful, deeply poignant, [and] splendidly executed."

Although Affleck intended to "keep a primary focus on directing" going forward in his career, he appeared in three films in 2009. The chemistry between Affleck and Jennifer Aniston was lauded in the ensemble romantic comedy He's Just Not That Into You. In the political drama State of Play, Affleck played a congressman. Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe said, "he's very good in the film's silliest role," but David Edelstein of New York City wrote of Affleck, "He might be smart and thoughtful in life [but] as an actor his wheels turn too slowly." In the little-seen comedy film Extract, he appeared as a bartender. Rolling Stone's Peter Travers described his appearance as "a goofball delight," while Manohla Dargis of The New York Times called it "a true spectacle." Affleck appeared in The Company Men as a mid-level sales executive who is made redundant during the 2008 financial crisis. Affleck's "best show to date," according to David Denby of The New Yorker, while Richard Corliss of Time found him "nails Bobby's fall from hubris to humiliation."

Warner Bros. developed a close working relationship with Affleck and gave him his pick of the studio's scripts following his modest commercial success of Gone Baby Gone. He chose The Town (2010), Chuck Hogan's version of Prince of Thieves, to direct the crime drama. He also rewrote the screenplay and appeared in the film as a bank robber. The film became a surprise box office hit, as well as earn further critical acclaim for Affleck. A.O. Scott of The New York Times praised his "skill and self-confidence as a true director," while Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times noted, "Affleck has the stuff of a true director." Everything is here. It's a thrilling thriller, he works closely with actors, and he has a keen eye for pacing." Pearl Street Films, Affleck and Damon's production company, also signed a first-look producing contract at Warner Bros.

Affleck's next directorial venture, Argo (2012) for Warner Bros, began shortly. The film, directed by Chris Terrio and starring Affleck as a CIA agent during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, tells the tale of the CIA's attempt to save six US diplomats during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis by faking a large-scale science fiction film. The film, according to Anthony Lane of The New Yorker, was "further proof that we were wrong about Ben Affleck." "Affleck takes the next step in what seems to be a big directing career," Rolling Stone's Peter Travers said. He brings the hell out of it, nitpicking the quickness, the wayward joke, and the nerve-frying suspense. Argo received the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and the BAFTA Award for Best Picture, a major critical and commercial success. The cast received the Screen Actor Guild Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Cast. Affleck himself received the Golden Globe Award, Directors Guild of America Award, and the BAFTA Award for Best Director, becoming the first director to receive these awards without being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director.

Affleck played a romantic lead in Terrence Malick's experimental drama To the Wonder the Following year, he appeared in Terrence Malick's experimental film Affleck. Malick, a close friend of Affleck's godfather, first met Affleck in the 1990s to give him tips about the plot of Good Will Hunting. "A performance of dignity and compassion," Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian described Affleck as "a solid and muscular performer" who "convenes a sense of thoughtfulness and willful individuality." In the poorly reviewed thriller Runner Runner (2013), Affleck's performance as a poker manager was regarded as a highlight. The Los Angeles Times' Betsy Sharkey said it was "one killer of a person" and Affleck portrays him as "one killer of a character," and Affleck portrays him as "one killer of a character" – every note is perfectly played." In David Fincher's psychological thriller Gone Girl (2014), he put off film on his own directorial venture to appear as a husband accused of murder. "While many people don't know is that he's crazy smart, he doesn't want it to be uncomfortable," Fincher says in part because he doesn't want it to be awkward." I believe he learned how to skate on charm." Fincher's controlled style of directing, according to David Edelstein of New York Magazine, had a "remarkable" effect on Affleck's performance: "I never thought I'd write these words, but he leads the film. He's a natural performer." "It's a tricky role, requiring a measure of careful underplaying and a hint of aloofness, and he nails it completely," Variety's Justin Chang found Affleck "completely cast": "It's a challenging role that necessitates a degree of careful underplaying and emotional aloofness." HBO revived Project Greenlight, a one-season revival of Affleck and Damon's Project Greenlight, in 2015.

Given Affleck's increasing fame as a filmmaker, his choice to appear in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice was regarded by Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times as "a somewhat surprising choice." Despite the fact that the casting announcement was met with widespread fan backlash, Affleck's role earned a warm reception. "A winning, charismatic presence," Variety's Andrew Barker found, while USA Today's Brian Truitt loved his "strong" and "surprisingly emotional" version of the character. Affleck revived his role as Batman later this year, making a brief cameo appearance in Suicide Squad (2016). In The Accountant, an unexpected commercial success, he appeared as an autistic accountant. Variety's Peter Debruge said Affleck's "boy-next-door" demeanor – "so normal and non-actorly" that the bulk of his performances were "a good match" for the role. Stephen Holden of The New York Times wondered why Affleck, "looking appropriately dead and ill," committed himself to the film.

Live by Night, directed, co-produced, and starred in, was released in late 2016. The Prohibition-era gangster drama, which was based on Dennis Lehane's book of the same name, received mainly critical feedback and failed to recover its $65 million production budget. It was described by David Sims of The Atlantic as "a fascinating mess of a film" and blasted Affleck's "stiff, uncomfortable" performance. "One of the last action scenes, its excitement is crisp and simple to follow," Affleck said, "it reminds you what talent Affleck has with the camera." In October 2016, Affleck and Damon performed on a one-off stage appearance at the Skirball Theater in New York's Skirball Theatre. In 2017, Affleck's return as Batman was included in the superhero film Justice League, which was released in 2017. Later, he described it as a "difficult" on-set experience. Snyder stepped down during filming due to the death of his daughter by suicide, the replacement actor's treatment of actors was criticized, and Affleck himself was struggling with drug problems. Affleck appears to have dissenting opinions from critics, as Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter said he'd rather be somewhere else than here.

Affleck did not work in 2017 when alcoholism reignited. He stepped down as editor, writer, and, eventually, as the actor of The Batman, saying he "couldn't crack it" and no longer felt "passionate" about the story. He later stated that alcoholism had also played a role in his decision. The filming of the drug-trafficking thriller Triple Frontier was postponed by six months in order to accommodate his care for "health problems." "Director J.C. Chandor gets a lot of mileage out of the Sad Affleck film, and perhaps both producer and actor lean into the concept," Rodrigo Perez of The Playlist said upon its debut in 2019. Affleck made a cameo appearance in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot later this year, though he had no contact with Kevin Smith since the inception of Clerks II in 2006. In Dee Rees' political drama The Last Thing He Wanted (2020), Affleck played a supporting role as a diplomat. Critics were critical of the Netflix film, with Tomris Laffly of Variety referring to Affleck's appearance as "oddly deleted."

Affleck's role as a recovering alcoholic in the sports drama The Way Back (2020) was widely praised. Affleck's "close to home" was the film's subject. During pre-production in 2018, he relapsed and the film was shot in the days after he had left rehab; Affleck agreed to put his salary in escrow and was led by a sober coach; "Affleck's self-conscious role was difficult to escape the film's "meta angle," Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair said, "Affleck plays his self-conscious role with a generous attitude," based not on histrionics or big actor scenes but rather on the intricate details of a man in a plateaued sadness." David Sims of The Atlantic praised his performance's "subtlety," "vulnerability," and "lumbering physicality," describing it as "the rawest and most natural" work of his career. Cinemas closed in the second week of the film's release, and Warner Bros. made it available on demand earlier than expected. At the 2021 Critics' Choice Awards, he was named the Best Actor. Also in 2021, Snyder's version of Justice League included a newly shot scene with Affleck.

In two 2021 films, Affleck played supporting roles. In Ridley Scott's medieval romance The Last Duel, he played a hedonistic aristocrat; he also co-wrote the film's screenplay with Matt Damon and Nicole Holofcener. Affleck, "hamming it up under a bleach blonde mop top," was "right joy every time he's on screen," according to Indiewire's Ben Croll. Bilge Ebiri of New York Magazine was wowed by Affleck's "impressive" performance as the "wonderfully skeezy Pierre," a memorably out-there creation that shouldn't work at all and yet became a source of uneasy delights. "He seems to have written the most amusing character in the film, but we'll allow it," Brian Truitt of USA Today said. In George Clooney's coming-of-age film The Tender Bar, Affleck appeared as a substitute father figure in December 2021. Clooney said he cast Affleck because he is "very smart," but "big goomba" also arrives at the London Film Festival premiere. Uncle Charlie was "an unforgettable character from his very first appearance on film" and "exquisitely inflected performance," according to Sheri Linden of The Hollywood Reporter. Pete Hammond of Deadline said it was "a part of him" and that he "beautifully and knowingly" produced "an unforgettable portrait of the uncle you wish you had." Kevin Maher of The Times said he dominated his role with "extraordinary subtly and depth": "He commands his entire scene, with quips, comedy reaction shots, or simply hang-dog charisma alone." Affleck was nominated for the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actor Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor for the role. Affleck and Ana de Armas appeared in Adrian Lyne's thriller Deep Water, a Maria Highsmith's adaptation.

Affleck has five projects in post-production. Michael Jordan's signing of Michael Jordan, actors Viola Davis and Damon, is Affleck's fifth directorial film, with Affleck playing Phil Knight in the supporting role. With Alex Convery, Affleck and Damon co-wrote the script. In Robert Rodriguez's action thriller Hypnotic, in which he plays a detective, Affleck will appear. In both Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2023) and The Flash (2023), he has filmed cameo appearances as Batman, and he will make a cameo appearance in Kevin Smith's Clerks III.

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