He acts, writes, directs, produces and
still retains a humble charm that has made him one of
the most sought after actors in Hollywood. Whether it's
a film that requires the part to be action, drama, romance
or comedy, Ben can rely on his versatile talent to deliver.
At the age of 30, Benjamin Geza Affleck has more than
30 movies under his belt. In 1997, he earned the Academy
Award for co-writing the Best Screenplay, Good Will
Hunting, and has won or been nominated for almost every
other major award in Hollywood. And then just a few
months ago, there came another honor, People Magazine's
Sexiest Man of the Year award. When Ben was 8 years
old, he met a kid that lived a few blocks away named
Matt Damon. Little did either of them know the magnificent
friendship or huge careers they would have just a few
years later. What they both knew was that they wanted
to act. Ben and Matt have remained close friends and
have collaborated on numerous projects and ventures.
Ben attended college at the University of Vermont, where
he studied Middle Eastern Studies, leaving before graduation
to pursue his acting career. He has worked steadily
ever since, giving ultimate devotion and substance to
his roles in Pearl Harbor, Good Will Hunting, Armageddon,
Reindeer Games, The Sum of All Fears, Boiler Room, Shakespeare
in Love, Bounce, Mallrats, Dogma, Chasing Amy, Project
Greenlight and now his latest film, DareDevil.
What made you want to do Daredevil?
Basically it stemmed from my youth in which I was
an early comic book fan, so playing the part came very
natural to me. The makers of the movie knew that I was
into DD. Itís a great spot and Iím really excited about it.
Did you have to work out much to fill the superhero role?
I regularly workout, but had to take extra time for
additional kung fu training with sticks.
How was it working with Jennifer?
Fabulous. She has a reputation for being down to earth
and itís well deserved. She is easy going and easy to
get along with.
Whoís your favorite Actor?
Thatís hard to say, as there are many that I admire.
I worked with Morgan Freeman once who is one of my favorite
actors. Also though, Pacino, Brando, DeNiro, Sam Rockwell
(Dangerous Mind) and Benicio Del Toro.
Your thoughts about the pending war?
Terrifying. Itís more important than anything else
and it concerns me. Things can change so weíll have
to wait and see. It would be a bad precedent for the
U. S. to act too independently. We need to take a proactive
stance, but we donít want to get in a position that
might destabilize international order. Itís a fine line
between prevention and peace. No one wants to see a
war. My hope is that Bushís strategy is aggressive deterrence.
I hope itís not necessary for one American to die; however,
I have worked with the CIA and understand how vulnerable
we are to terrorist attacks.
What do you think is the best part of Daredevil?
I think itís the most grown up and most real of any
of the comic book genre of movies. Out of the comic
movie adaptations, itís also probably the darkest. It
takes place in the real world in New York City.
What is your favorite part of the business; acting,writing, producing?
It’s all satisfying. Acting is where I initially started out; however,
contributing to authorship and ownership is extremely gratifying.
Producing is a business process and salesmanship. Each have their own appeal.
I would like to direct. There is a disproportionate amount of attention put towards actors.
There are cool job opportunities in other capacities still working on movies.
The expanding integration between computers and film making has caused the line to be almost
totally blurred. There is high demand for good people in computer graphics, photography, and
cinematography. They get to create original images that help bring a film to life.
I would think that would be a really fun and exciting way to spend your day.
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