Ben Affleck is an American actor, screenwriter, director and producer. In the 1990s Affleck cemented his stardom by winning an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (co-written with his longtime pal and also an actor Matt Damon) for Good Will Hunting. Affleck followed it up by turning himself into a leading action movie man with turns in Armageddon (1998), Pearl Harbor (2001), and The Sum of All Fears (2002). His career hit a rough patch in the mid-2000s with bombs like Gigli (2003), but Ben turned things around by branching into directing. He won an Oscar for Best Director for Argo (2012), then rejuvenated his action career by playing Batman in two films, Batman v Superman (2016) and Justice League (2017).
Born on August 15, 1973, Affleck is a Leo. His middle name is Géza.
Affleck is a hardline Democrat and has been since at least 1993, when he registered as a Democratic voter.
On numerous occasions Ben has said things that show he hasn’t changed his mind about being firmly in the socialist liberal camp:
“When I watch a guy I know is a big Republican, part of me thinks, I probably wouldn’t like this person if I met him, or we would have different opinions. That [bleep] fogs the mind when you should be paying attention and be swept into the illusion.” (1)
Ben’s politics views were instilled into him while a child. “I grew up in a house with a mother who was a teacher and a Freedom Rider — very left-wing Democrats living in a heterogeneous working-class neighborhood,” he said in a 2013 interview. “I picked up a lot of those values there, and I brought them with me when I showed up in Hollywood.” (2)
Would Ben Affleck ever run for political office? The actor doesn’t rule the possibility out, just not anytime in the near future. “I don’t give it serious thought, because it would take me away from what I consider to be the prime of my storytelling career,” he once said. “I don’t know what the future holds when I’m 55, 65 or 75. Right now it’s about making movies I believe in, that I think will thrill and entertain and be meaningful to audiences.” (2)
In 2014 Ben got heightened attention by the media when he appeared on an episode of the HBO talk show Real Time with Bill Maher. The topic of Islam was raised in a debate and Affleck went toe-to-toe with philosopher Sam Harris and host Maher. Affleck’s position was that a minority of Muslims had extremist views against western ideology, while Harris made the case for a larger group that had some beliefs that would be considered disturbing to western cultures.
Watch the replay of the incident:
1: Larry Elder
3: The Guardian
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