Ben Affleck has made a name for himself in Hollywood as an A-list actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. Today, the award-winning actor turns 45 and here’s a list of some of his best performances in his career:
Under the obsessive eye of director David Fincher, Affleck gives a thrilling performance playing a husband who is the prime suspect of his wife’s disappearance. Fincher casting Affleck was perfect in a way since the role of a man running from media attention mirrors the actor’s own personal life.
Playing a guy who falls madly in love with a lesbian is the highlight of Affleck’s acting career (so far) because of the vulnerability he gives in the role. In his first time as the unquestioned lead, Affleck gets the outlet he needs from director Kevin Smith to show an unmolded talent worthy of stardom.
For his second directing effort, Affleck cast himself as the leader of a group of Boston crooks who are planning one final score. This was at a point where Affleck was concentrating on more serious roles for himself, and he proved to be quite the double threat as his work both in front of and behind the camera constitutes a highlight of his career.
Dazed and Confused
And while we’re on the subject of tough types, who can forget Affleck’s Fred O’Bannion in “Dazed and Confused”? The epitome of every schoolyard bully, O’Bannion loved hazing incoming freshman so much he was rumored to have failed his senior year so he could come back and do the hazing a second time. Affleck is sinister and funny in the role, launching his career.
Over the years, there have been many movies about making movies. Argo adds the fun new twist that it’s about people who are only pretending to make a movie, in order to get into Iran on the pretext of doing location scouting, in order to rescue a number of civilians who are hiding following a hostage crisis. Ben Affleck didn’t receive a Best Director nomination at the Oscars for this one, which feels like a major oversight considering Argo would go on to win Best Picture. While the film takes some liberties with the actual events, it does so in order to make a better movie, which it absolutely succeeds at doing. Once again, Affleck gets his actors to do great work and that makes a great movie, even if Affleck went so far as to cast himself as a Hispanic guy.
Good Will Hunting
While movie fans would have recognized Ben Affleck and Matt Damon prior to Good Will Hunting, even most of them would likely have had no idea just how talented the pair truly were. They wrote an absolutely phenomenal movie in Good Will Hunting. Will Hunting, played by Matt Damon, is a self-taught genius whose mathematical abilities are recognized by a professor at Harvard. However, Will Hunting is a bit of a hard case, and so he’s ordered to undergo therapy by the court, leading him to cross paths with Dr. Sean Maguire, played by Robin Williams. While Affleck’s role is as small as any movie on this list, the movie itself is still one of the best that he’s ever been part of. It won Robin Williams his long overdue Oscar, and got the two young writers the same award for their fantastic screenplay. It’s still the best film Ben Affleck has ever done.
We Wish Ben Affleck A Very Happy Birthday and Good Luck For the Justice League!