Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt began his acting career as a child in 1984. His break came in 1993 when he played an aggressive senior in Dazed & Confused, which ushered in a string of roles in Kevin Smith movies. However, it wasn’t until the actor co-wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for Good Will Hunting that he and Matt Damon were catapulted from indie players to name stars.
At almost 6ft 4”, the poster boy for “tall, dark and handsome” quickly established himself as a leading man over the course of Armageddon, Forces of Nature and Pearl Harbour. After headlining several turkeys during a 3-year acting slump, which started with the ill-fated Daredevil, it was time to take stock of his collective film talents. While this dismal period could have become his downfall, Affleck instead saw it as an opportunity for growth, which probably shifted his focus to writing and directing.
Much like film icon, Clint Eastwood, Affleck’s directorial debut arrived well into his film career, with the critically-acclaimed Gone Baby Gone in 2007. At this time, he had just redeemed himself with a noteworthy performance as the late Adventures of Superman television star George Reeves in Hollywoodland, which signalled a major turning point for his acting and directing career.
After appearing in front of and behind camera in The Town, Argo and the epic gangster saga, Live by Night, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Affleck’s a king-of-all-trades. While he’s become more hit than miss over his career as an actor, his solid producer-writer-director credits make him a triple threat force in Hollywood.
With several roles as the Dark Knight lined up in Justice League, its sequel, and The Batman, after a so-so outing in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s time to forget Daredevil… let’s just hope it’s for the right reasons.
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