“It was a very difficult thing to go through”: Ben Affleck’s Parents Tried to Make Him Give Up Acting by Forcing Him to Meet a Failed Actor Only to be Proved Wrong Years Later

“It was a very difficult thing to go through": Ben Affleck's Parents Tried to Make Him Give Up Acting by Forcing Him to Meet a Failed Actor Only to be Proved Wrong Years Later

Ben Affleck is a juggernaut whose acting skills are unparalleled. Affleck began his journey in Hollywood by appearing in the PBS educational series The Voyage of the Mimi in 1984. He is a true Hollywood multi-hyphenate the industry needs in the long run.

Affleck shot to superstardom in 1997 with his epic performance in the American psychological drama Goodwill Hunting. He starred and co-wrote the movie with actor Matt Damon, which earned both stars their first Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. 

In a candid interview, Affleck revealed that once his parents set up a meeting for him with a failed actor and forced him to take crucial advice from him. He also claimed that in the early days of his career, his parents wanted him to learn the bitter truth about the industry.

Ben Affleck Revealed His Parents Once Forced Him to Listen to a Failed Actor’s Advice

Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck is one of the most in-demand stars and filmmaker in Hollywood. He has worked with several A-list celebs in big-banner movies and earned top billings for his acting chops. He is a rare star whose acting genius and directing talent have gained the attention of the film industry heavyweights. Affleck depicts his silver screen roles effortlessly and with his suave personality. 

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His acting legacy has secured him a leading star position in showbiz. But it wasn’t smooth sailing for him in the industry; he fought hard to be where he is today. In a self-admitting interview, Ben Affleck revealed that while he was still trying his luck in Hollywood, his parents set up a meeting for him with a failed actor. The actor claimed he felt forced to listen to his terrible industry anecdotes.

Affleck shared,

“When I was 17, my parents made me go out; to dinner with a really bitter failed actor and listen to his experiences. It was a very difficult thing to go through. He had nothing but bad things to say about trying to be an actor, and I thought, well, I have to love it even if I don’t have success at all. It has to really be that important to me, and I have to want to do it that much.”

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon

In a sit-down interview, the Gone Baby Gone star revealed that he began his career at a young age,

“A friend of my mom’s was a casting director so, really as kind of a lark, I had a couple of acting jobs that had just enough exposure to give me the option to continue if I wanted to. I followed through with it. Then, basically, came the next stage—should I continue to act or not?”

He continued,

“As a teenager, the natural thing is to have friends, who have common interests, and so you fit together seamlessly. Before Matt, I was by myself. Acting as a solo activity where I’d just go off and do something, act in a little TV show or something, and no one understood it. None of the other kids knew what it was I did, how it worked, or anything. All of a sudden, I had this friend, Matt, and he gets it and wants to do it and thinks it’s interesting; and wants to talk about it. Soon both of us are doing it.”

Ben Affleck added that his initial journey began when he met his friend Matt Damon. Both have starred in several films together and earned critical awards for their show-stopping performances.

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A Brief Note on Ben Affleck’s Career

Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck is arguably one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. He is currently married to singer Jennifer Lopez. He has succeeded in multiple genres and has delivered several hit performances in iconic films.

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Throughout his storied career, he screamed success and appeared in classic hits like, Good Will Hunting, The Way Back, Armageddon, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and Chasing Amy. Affleck is one of the most successful and talented stars whose journey in the film industry is fascinating and inspiring.

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