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Ben Affleck is known for co-writing and acting in Good Will Hunting, starring in Armageddon, and directing, co-producing and acting in Argo.
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The film marked the beginning of a difficult time in Affleck's film career and personal life.
Affleck and Lopez called off the wedding in early 2004, citing too much media attention as the reason for the split. That same year, Affleck starred in the sci-fi thriller Paycheck, which performed poorly at the box-office and was panned by critics. His next two films, Kevin Smith's Jersey Girl (2004) and the comedy Surviving Christmas (2004),
also struggled to capture the attention of audiences.
After his break-up with Lopez, Affleck began seeing his Daredevil co-star, Jennifer Garner. The two were engaged after nine months of dating, and married June 29, 2005. They welcomed their first daughter, Violet Anne, on December 1, 2005.
The next year was a busy one for Affleck: He starred in Smokin' Aces (2006); the critically acclaimed Hollywoodland (2006); the Kevin Smith-produced Clerks II (2006); and Man About Town (2006), all of which made a decent showing at the box office.
In 2007, Affleck worked on the other side of the camera as the director and co-writer of the film Gone Baby Gone. The film earned rave reviews from critics.
In January 2009, Garner gave birth to the couple's second daughter, Seraphina. Affleck also starred in three new projects, including the box office hit He's Just Not That Into You, as well as the action films State of Play and Extract. Their first son, Samuel, was born on February 27, 2012.
Affleck saw one of his biggest cinematic successes in 2012 with the release of Argo, a film about former CIA operative Tony Mendez, who led six American citizens to safety during the Iran hostage crisis in 1979. Affleck directed, co-produced and acted in the film, playing Mendez.
Argo earned Affleck a Golden Globe Award for best director. The film also won a Golden Globe for best picture in the drama category and the 2013 Academy Award for best picture. Argo also garnered Academy Award nominations in six other categories, including best adapted screenplay and best actor in a supporting role (Alan Arkin).
After his tremendous success with Argo, Affleck has chosen to take on an interesting mix of projects. He stars in the 2013 thriller Runner Runner with Justin Timberlake and Gemma Arterton. For his next directorial effort, Affleck has been working on film adaptation of Dennis Lehane's novel Live by Night.
In August 2013, Affleck made headlines for another project in the works. He has signed on to play Batman in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman with Henry Cavill as the man of steel. Reaction by many Batman fans to Affleck's casting was swift and harsh with some even starting a petition to remove from the role. But he has received tremendous support from within Hollywood from the likes of director Joss Weldon and Val Kilmer who starred in Batman Forever.
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