Guests: Episodes with Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck, born Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt on August 15, 1972, in Berkeley, California, is a multi-talented American actor and filmmaker. Raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Affleck struck up a lifelong friendship with neighbor Matt Damon. He began his career modestly with roles in a Burger King commercial and the PBS miniseries “The Voyage of the Mimi.” His first significant break came in the ’90s with roles in films like “Dazed and Confused” and “Chasing Amy.”

The turning point of his career was “Good Will Hunting” (1997), a script he co-wrote with Damon. The film earned the duo an Academy Award for best original screenplay and catapulted Affleck into Hollywood stardom. He went on to appear in box office hits like “Armageddon” (1998), “Shakespeare in Love” (1998), and “Pearl Harbor” (2001), as well as taking on the role of CIA agent Jack Ryan in “The Sum of All Fears” (2002). Despite some career setbacks like the critically panned “Gigli” (2003), Affleck regained his footing with films like “Hollywoodland” (2006) and “State of Play” (2009).

In the 2010s, Affleck showcased his versatility with roles in “The Company Men” (2010), “To the Wonder” (2012), and “Gone Girl” (2014). He also took on the iconic role of Batman in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2016) and “Justice League” (2017 & 2021). As a director, he received critical acclaim for films like “Gone, Baby, Gone” (2007), “The Town” (2010), and the Oscar-winning “Argo” (2012).

Affleck didn’t just limit his talents to acting and directing; he also ventured into production. He notably produced the reality show “Project Greenlight,” which focused on nurturing aspiring filmmakers. In 2023, his film “Air,” about Nike’s historic endorsement deal with Michael Jordan, received widespread acclaim.

Beyond the screen, Affleck is politically active, often appearing at Democratic rallies and talk shows. He’s also known for his philanthropic efforts, particularly towards ending violence in Congo.

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