Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt, better known as Ben Affleck (born August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California) is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer.
He became known in the mid-1990s, after his involvement in his friend Kevin Smith's The View Askewniverse, first with the film Mallrats and later playing the lead role in Chasing Amy in 1997. Affleck became an Academy Award winner for his screenplay with BFF Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting in 1997. He has established himself as a Hollywood leading man, having starred in several big budget films, such as Armageddon (1998), Pearl Harbor (2001), Changing Lanes (2002), The Sum of All Fears (2002) and Daredevil (2003). In 2003 he starred in the bomb Gigli, which at the time killed his career as a big star.
He's since rebuilt his acting career from the ground up by focusing on less glamorous roles than his earlier career, earning back a lot of cred with an award-winning turn as the troubled George Reeves in Hollywoodland, and had a full-on Career Resurrection in 2007 with his directorial feature film debut Gone Baby Gone which was both a critical and commercial success and with the reviews of 2010's The Town has proved that he's a force to be reckoned with. In 2012, he made the fact-based thriller Argo which is said to be his best yet and won an Oscar for Best Picture.
On August 22, 2013, Affleck was cast as Batman in the DC Extended Universe, appearing for the first time in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He subsequently appeared in Suicide Squad and Justice League, then left the franchise to focus on personal issues, but agreed to return for The Flash, thus he will go down as the actor who had played the Caped Crusader the most in live-action films (although always in ensemble films), currently held by Christian Bale with all three instalments of The Dark Knight Trilogy.
Affleck is also known for his high profile relationships, with Gwyneth Paltrow in 1998, with Jennifer Lopez in the early 2000s (that one attracted worldwide media attention in which Affleck and Lopez were dubbed as "Bennifer"), which made arguably one of the earliest public examples of the Portmanteau Couple Name being used by the mainstream media. Following the breakup with Lopez in 2004, he began dating Daredevil co-star Jennifer Garner. "Bennifer 2.0" was more successful, eventually leading to marriage and three kids - two daughters and a son before separating in 2015. Later, Affleck dated Ana de Armas, then went back to Lopez 17 years after their affair ended. Affleck is an outspoken supporter of liberal politics.
He is the older brother of actor Casey Affleck.
- School Ties (1992) as Chesty Smith
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1993) as Basketball Player #10
- Dazed and Confused (1993) as Fred O'Bannion
- View Askewniverse:
- Good Will Hunting (1997) as Chuckie Sullivan - Academy Award winner for Best Original Screenplay with Matt Damon
- Shakespeare in Love (1998) as Ned Alleyn
- Armageddon (1998) as A. J. Frost
- Phantoms (1998) as Sheriff Bryce Hammond
- Reindeer Games (2000) as Rudy Duncan
- Joseph: King of Dreams (2000) as Joseph (voice)
- Boiler Room (2000) as Jim Young
- Pearl Harbor (2001) as Rafe McCawley
- The Sum of All Fears (2002) as Jack Ryan
- Changing Lanes (2002) as Gavin Banek
- Daredevil (2003) as Matt Murdoch / Daredevil
- Elektra (2005, Director's Cut only)
- Gigli (2003) as Larry Gigli
- Paycheck (2003) as Michael Jennings
- Jersey Girl (2004) as Ollie Trinke
- Hollywoodland (2006) as George Reeves
- Smokin' Aces (2007) as Jack Dupree
- He's Just Not That into You (2009) as Neil
- State of Play (2009) as Stephen Collins
- Extract (2009) as Dean
- The Company Men (2010) as Bobby Walker
- The Town (2010) as Doug MacRay
- To the Wonder (2012) as Neil
- Argo (2012) as Tony Mendez
- Runner Runner (2013) as Ivan Block
- Gone Girl (2014) as Nick Dunne
- DC Extended Universe as Bruce Wayne/Batman:
- The Accountant (2016) as Christian Wolff/The Accountant
- Live by Night (2016) as Joe Coughlin
- Triple Frontier (2019)
- The Way Back (2020) as Jack Cunningham
- The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) as Treat Morrison
- The Last Duel (2021) as King Charles VI
- Deep Water (2022) as Vic Van Allen
Tropes in his works:
- Awesome, Dear Boy:
- He enjoys being in Kevin Smith's movies so much that he acts for less than he usually gets paid.
- He also declared that he'll always jump at the chance to play Batman in a DCEU film when the call comes.
- Career Resurrection: Gone Baby Gone and The Town brought him back on the map, and his Oscar win for Argo solidified it.
- Creator Breakdown: Had a big one between the release of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and The Way Back(2020). The combination of the Troubled Production of Justice League, his highly publicized divorce with Jennifer Garner, the Executive Meddling and failure of his film Live by Night, and re-emergence of his alcoholism forced him to step down from directing, and later writing and starring, his solo Batman movie. He did recover through rehab and mending fences with his family, and is returning as Batman for The Flash and has openly talked about his recovery process.
- I Am Not Spock: He's come to endure this from his own son since starring in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and his son now apparently thinks he's actually Batman. This is to the degree where the son mistakes any Fed-Ex delivery guys for The Joker (as the uniform is purple) and Ben has had to pay the poor soul $20 to stage a fight on the lawn for his son's benefit.
- The only actor, thus far, to don both the costumes of Batman (obviously), and Superman (as George Reeves in Hollywoodland).
- Meme Acknowledgment:
- A lot of people on the streets have let him know that he was the bomb in Phantoms.
- He's also learned to not stay silent during interviews with Henry Cavill, otherwise people will put Simon & Garfunkel music over it.
- Reprising his role as Holden in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, he smirks at the camera when he says he doesn't remember the name of Bruce Wayne's mom.
- Off the Wagon: He'd originally quit drinking in 2001, but the stress from playing Batman, along with his divorce from Jennifer Garner, led him to drink again, and played a big part in his walking away from writing, directing and starring in The Batman (2022).I showed somebody The Batman script. They said, I think the script is good. I also think youll drink yourself to death if you go through what you just went through again.
- One for the Money; One for the Art: One of the reasons he took the role of Batman was in exchange for Warner Brothers financing any movies he wanted to direct. The other reasons on the other hand...
- Out of Holiday Episode: Surviving Christmas, starring Affleck, a movie that takes place during Christmas, was released on October 22, 2004. It originally was slated for a Christmas 2003 release, but it was pushed back to avoid competing with another film of his, Paycheck.
- Production Posse: Aside from Clerks he's appeared in all of Kevin Smith's View Askewniverse movies.
- Romance on the Set: A serial offender at this. A number of his high profile romances started on movie sets, namely with Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Garner and, more recently, Ana de Armas.
- Self-Deprecation: Whenever he's Adam Westing he's bound to make jokes at his and his career's expense.
- Star-Derailing Role: A combination of the failure of Gigli and his infamous appearance in Jennifer Lopez's "Jenny From The Block" music video caused him to fall out of the public's good graces for a while.
- Star-Making Role: The Oscar win for Good Will Hunting and the blockbuster success of Armageddon really put him on the map.
- Those Two Actors:
- As he and Matt Damon are good friends and old high school buddies, they've frequently collaborated.
- He's also been in several movies and an Axe body spray commercial with Scoot McNairy.
- Tom Hanks Syndrome: He got his start in comedies and campy blockbusters, but moved towards serious dramatic roles such as Hollywoodland, State of Play, Gone Baby Gone etc.