Smokin' Aces may not be heating things up at the box office, but it has still been a smart move on Ben Affleck's part - it actually helped him quit smoking. That will definitely give him more energy to put into Jen, Violet, and the film he's written and directed, Gone, Baby, Gone. Ben recently stopped for a Q&A about family life, his GG Nom, and the upside of nepotism. Here's highlights:
- You may not have won, but congrats on the Golden Globe nomination.
I was very happy. My wife was up early with our child and [woke me up] to tell me I'd been nominated – and to get me to change the baby.
- You play a chain-smoking bail bondsman in Smokin' Aces. You're a smoker, right?
The whole week that I shot, I smoked, like, five packs a day. By the time the movie was over, I was so sick of smoking, I just didn't want to do it anymore, and I quit. I have this celluloid record of the last time I smoked.
- How was directing your brother Casey, 31, in Gone, Baby, Gone?
A pleasure. It was like directing anybody else, except I could fantasize that if it came down to it I could throttle him.