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Ben Affleck Cuts Down on Work to Avoid Unwanted Attention

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Ben Affleck Cuts Down on Work to Avoid Unwanted Attention
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Ben Affleck, once upon a time, was fodder for the blood-thirsty tabloid press. During his days as Jennifer Lopez’s main squeeze, the “Reindeer Games” actor couldn’t take two steps without running into either a paparazzo armed with a camera or a newspaper with his face plastered across the front of it. Of course, dating someone as famous as Lopez comes with its far share of consequences. Unfortunately for Affleck, all of that attention caused a good deal of stress.

Following their break-up, the “Phantoms” alumni decided to make some changes to his personal life. In order to keep himself out of the spotlight, Affleck cut down on his busy work schedule, got married to Jennifer Garner, had kids, and, for the most part, dropped out of sight. Additionally, his focus within the industry began to shift from acting to directing; both the 2007 thriller “Gone Baby Gone” and the 2010 heist flick “The Town” received positive reviews, much more so than anything Affleck had accomplished as an actor.

“It feels like being in a soap opera that you were unwittingly cast in and you have no choice about it. I get to watch my life like everyone else and think. ‘I can’t believe they did that’. And, for whatever reason, you become less special for movie audiences,” he once said in an interview. “It cheapens the brand if you want to look at it in a really crass sense. But I figure it has to go away at some point. Eventually someone will come along and have a sex tape or someone will play grab-ass with some kids and I’ll be off page one.”

Nowadays, the only time you see paparazzi photos of Affleck is during family outings. When he’s not spending time at home or working on one Hollywood project or another, he’s trying to raise awareness for the Eastern Congo Initiative, which is devoted to lowering child mortality rates.

“I’ve finally learnt how to say, ‘No comment’,” he said in regards to avoiding — and dealing — unwanted press. “To appear in the tabloids is a real learning curve and a steep one at that. You had better learn quick or you get burnt.”

Ben Affleck Cuts Down on Work to Avoid Unwanted Attention
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  • delicious

    Ben is not bothered by the paparazzi because he is a has been. He never was a good actor and so no one is after him to star in a movie anyway. His wife Jennifer is a much better actress, but she has dummied herself down by not taking on many devoted wife and mother. Not that this is a bad thing, but the reality is that they both are fast becoming yesterday’s news anyway. Better parents than movie stars and that’s a good thing.

  • http://yahoo Pamela Koch

    I think Ben Affleck is a great actor. I loved him best in Pearl Harbor and Jersey girl. I watch these movies whenever they are on. I saw the town, and I am looking forward to his new release in October, the drama based on a true story about posing as Hollywood movie makers to save hostages. So I guess its a matter of what kind of movies you like. I recently saw Thats my boy with Adam Sandler, and I love Adam Sandler, but that was the worse movie I ever saw, poorly written, vulgar, and tasteless. I loved Adam in Just go with it. You can’t expect to like every movie they make. You go Ben!

    • debbie

      How you described the newest Adam Sandler flick is how I felt about his Zohan movie!

  • http://camino oldgal

    I think Ben has made the right decision. Jennifer and the children are
    so much more important. I give him loads of credit for thinking of the
    family first. They are both good actors and when they are ready they will
    be back. Good Luck and God Bless

  • joey romero

    the hell with all actors that support Obama and his big government agenda………….

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