Is Ben Affleck the new Clint Eastwood? Shrugging off his rom-com beginnings, Affleck has slowly but surely been building a stellar directing career with such titles like Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo under his belt. His directorial credits to date have revealed a rare directing talent - complex, layered and most of all, unflashy. His newest project Live By Night , looks to further cement his reputation as a director to watch. Meet the man behind the camera of this prohibition-era gangster film, in our top five unexpected facts about Ben.
5. Ben is the only actor to play both Batman and Superman.
Whether in the red cape or blue, Affleck brings a particular intensity to these misunderstood superheroes that is worlds away from cartoon. His first superhero role was 2003’s Daredevil; and he even played the actor TV’s first Superman, George Reeves, in the acclaimed biopic Hollywoodland.
4. Ben has a Dolphin tattoo on his right hip.
Uncovered during a routine paparazzi scramble, once spotted, the whole world puzzled over its meaning. Finally, it was revealed to be a cover-up job over an old girlfriend’s name. Such a romantic!
3. Ben was a child star.
His first role was on the small screen in a Burger King commercial, before featuring in the 1984 TV mini-series Voyage of the Mimi. His first film role was as an extra in Kevin Costner’s Field of Dreams, alongside best friend Matt Damon. He then briefly appeared in the Cher vehicle, Mermaids - inauspiciously popping up in a prop photo in one of the scenes. Humble beginnings, indeed.
2. Ben has directed three actors in Oscar nominated roles.
Ben drew unforgettable performances out of Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone), Jeremy Renner (The Town) and Alan Arkin (Argo). They were each nominated for Best Supporting Oscars...and now we can look forward to see what he has done with Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina, Zoe Saldana and Sienna Miller in Live By Night.
1. Ben will do anything to work with a great Director.
He delayed directing Live By Night so he could take the lead in David Fincher’s Gone Girl. It was his dream to work with Fincher and not even his own film was going to get in the way. Interesting fact: Leonardo DiCaprio was set to star in Live by Night instead of Ben, but in the end decided to produce the film.