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Photos and Quotes of Ben Affleck in Esquire Magazine

Ben Gives Esquire an Honest Play by Play of His Life

Ben Affleck looks a little worked up on the cover of April's Esquire, but while he did express a few frustrations, in the interview he remained a perfect gentleman. He talks about his new movie State of Play, which opens on April 17, and how he's actually "a pretty boring guy" in real life. Here's more:

  • On his personality: "What's the most radical twist — or the most surprising thing about myself — is that none of the stuff you read, none of it has anything to do with me, with my life, my work. I'm a very straightforward, pretty boring guy. And that's just the f**king truth. Because who I am, as a person, in my everyday life, wouldn't sell any magazines. And even when I've been in circumstances like relationships ended, where that seemed like high drama, the truth was much more pedestrian when you got right down to it."
  • On why he drove a rental to the interview: "The thing about the car is this, I drive you in [my personal] car and you describe it. You notice something I haven't — you pick up on something, some inelegant little smear, or get a glimpse of my daughter's art from school, some little forgotten whatever. And maybe it hurts someone in my family, somewhere, somehow, and then it's like, 'F**k it, the next [reporter] doesn't get in the car.'"
  • On why he did HJNTIY: "It's four days' work. Four days, you know? Directing, that's years. Years. But four days? You're in, you're out. You know, they asked, and I thought it was a funny script. And I wanted to work with Jennifer Aniston."
  • On working: "I work harder now than I ever have in my life, because I got a family. I worry about that. Yeah, I worry about the world, but not all the time. Sometimes I'm just really selfish, just like anyone else."

Ben's passionate opinions make it hard to believe he's as boring as he says, but it's sweet to read how important it is to keep his precious family protected and provided for.




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spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
Esquire magazine always have some really good front covers :)
blondie829 blondie829 8 years
love him.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
"On why he did HJNTIY: "It's four days' work. Four days, you know? Directing, that's years. Years. But four days? You're in, you're out. You know, they asked, and I thought it was a funny script. And I wanted to work with Jennifer Aniston."" Love it.
mimisnowball mimisnowball 8 years
I read the article, and I believe him when he says he's 'normal' , just like everyone else " and much more pedestrian" than everyone thinks. I believe most people just refuse to believe that about him and make up stuff constantly (still) about him. He refuses to read the internet or articles about himself and I certainly dont blame him for that.
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
I like Ben too. I went to Esquire's web site and read the rest of the article. "Affleck will tell you straight out that one thing he hates is that he can't take his child to school without a bunch of sweatpants-wearing, camera-wielding, junior-college-dropout paparazzi poaching the schoolyard, yelling at the two of them, "Where's Jen?" "Where's your mommy?" It scares him. It alarms him that there are idiots in the world who can make money by getting a rise out of a child who's probably due some certainty that her mom is just where she's supposed to be." I like him more because he mentioned this.
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
Love him!
doogirl doogirl 8 years
I totally respect the rental car thing. It takes a real man to step up and protect his family. Kudos to Affleck!
caroline_1 caroline_1 8 years
God, i love him.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
that's really funny about his reason for not driving his own car - but i have to admit that it makes a lot of sense. i like ben - and i'm so happy that his life turned out the way that it has
Idalia Idalia 8 years
I really like him. He is a good actor but has also been recognize for both writing and directing. He is a smart guy, very few actors can do it all. He also seems like a down to earth guy, different from when he was with JLo. Kudos to him!
Kitten98 Kitten98 8 years
I love Ben Affleck. He's intelligent, passionate and great looking. But I also think he's the answer to a lot of blind items.....
clew001 clew001 8 years
i will always love him. hahah.
Don't like him as much as I used to. The car rental was such a smart idea. LOL.
Stoned Stoned 8 years
I thought he was the answer to a lot of blind items. haha!
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
He looks good here! I've always liked him.
nowayjose22 nowayjose22 8 years
i believe that he's a good guy who got caught up in the hollywood shit. so all is well. and i want to see more directorial work from him!
bluestar bluestar 8 years
I like him.
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