Ben Affleck quotes

  • I want to thank my wife who I don't normally usually associate with Iran. I want to thank you for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases. It's good. It is work, but it's the best kind of work, and there's no one I'd rather work with!
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Iran #Wife #Want

  • There's a lot of noise in the world, and the internet magnifies that energy.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Energy #World #Noise

  • Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Bombs #Phantoms

  • All I do, really, is go to work and try to be professional, be on time and be prepared.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Trying #Be Prepared #Prepared

  • It's important for me to try my hand at philanthropy because I want to leave behind a record of someone who did more than just gobble up stuff for themselves. I realized that a life lived for yourself is not much of a life,
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Hands #Important #Trying

  • I'm much more interested in what an actor has to say about something substantial and important than who they're dating or what clothes they're wearing or some other asinine, insignificant aspect of their life.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Clothes #Dating #Important

  • Sure, I suffered a lot. But it's not like the end of the world and it's not who I am. I lead quite a pleasant life and I'm able to divorce a perceived reality from my actual experience of life.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Divorce #Reality #Who I Am

  • No matter how much you change, you still got to pay the price for the things you’ve done.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Done #Pay #Matter

  • Such a senseless and tragic day. My family and I send our love to our beloved and resilient Boston.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Inspiring #Boston #Our Love

  • My mother went to Radcliffe, and rather than just trying to get rich, she wanted to be a teacher and taught for over 30 years in the public schools. She's definitely got some war stories.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Mom #Mother #Teacher

  • If I ever woke up with a dead hooker in my hotel room, Matt would be the first person I'd call.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Would Be #Rooms #Firsts

  • I find forgiveness to be really healthy.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Healthy

  • I'm a writer. An amateur photographer. An actor.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Actors #Photographer

  • I'm sure I can make a movie that doesn't feel like a seventies movie! But the truth is, that's my favorite era in American filmmaking. To me, those were the great years.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Years #Eras #Truth Is

  • My mother gets all mad at me if I stay in a hotel. I'm 31-years-old, and I don't want to sleep on a sleeping bag down in the basement. It's humiliating.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Mother #Sleep #Years

  • I like roundtables because you can talk more directly to people. And you also can get kind of a vibe on what a journalist's take is on something, and have a conversation with them more.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #People #Kind #Conversation

  • 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.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Mom #Jobs #Couple

  • As an actor, you can steer a scene in another direction by playing it a little differently. And honestly? I like being an actor, and I want to keep having a career.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Careers #Actors #Want

  • Every single director-actor I talked to, from Warren Beatty to Clint Eastwood to George Clooney, said the biggest mistake they made is not shooting enough footage of themselves.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Mistake #Directors #Actors

  • I hate the whole reluctant sex-symbol thing. It's such bull. You see these dudes greased up, in their underwear, talking about how they don't want to be a sex symbol.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Sex #Hate #Talking

  • Everyone's entitled to express their political beliefs. I don't presume to tell anybody who to vote for. I am comfortable telling people what my opinions are.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #People #Political #Belief

  • Not that it entirely matters: There is a perception that all actors make their movies. A lot of people assume you're responsible. George Clooney told me actors get all of the blame and all the credit.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #People #Perception #Credit

  • I like acting for myself as a director. I act and I know that I'll have a chance to have some say in what gets used and that I'll be able to give myself enough takes and be on the same page as myself about how the scene should play.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Play #Giving #Acting

  • I've finally learnt how to say, 'No comment'. 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

    #Real #Learning #Curves

  • The trap for an actor is that you become too successful at what you're trying to do, and you can find yourself stuck there.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Successful #Finding Yourself #Trying

  • The first thing that I really understood politically and was old enough to get was the failed assassination attempt on Reagan.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Firsts #Enough #Understood

  • God help me if I ever do another movie with an explosion in it. If you see me in a movie where stuff is exploding you'll know I've lost all my money.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Money #Stuff #Helping

  • I just feel like sometimes I'm a force to be dealt with. My talents are sometimes overused and also sometimes underused. It's not easy being me.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Talent #Being Me #Sometimes

  • I grew up in a home environment where I wasn't getting esteem for anything I did.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Home #Environment #Grew Up

  • My mother taught public school, went to Harvard and then got her master's there and taught fifth and sixth grade in a public school. My dad had a more working-class lifestyle. He didn't go to college. He was an auto mechanic and a bartender and a janitor at Harvard.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Mother #Dad #School

  • I'm always described as 'cocksure' or 'with a swagger,' and that bears no resemblance to who I feel like inside. I feel plagued by insecurity.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Swag #Insecurity #Bears

  • I like to think that if I were gay I would be out. Rupert Everett-style.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Gay #Thinking #Style

  • I feel like fame is wasted on me.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Fame #Feels

  • There's something really great and romantic about being poor and sleeping on couches.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Sleep #Romance #Poor

  • I'm not the type of guy who enjoys one-night stands. It leaves me feeling very empty and cynical. It's not even fun sexually. I need to feel something for the woman and entertain the vain hope that it may lead to a relationship.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Fun #Night #Cynical

  • I'm human, just like anybody else.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Humans

  • Marriage hasn't been my thing. But gay people, knock yourselves out!
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Gay #People #Gay Pride

  • Rumors about me? Calista Flockhart, Pam Anderson, and Matt Damon. That's who I'm dating.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Dating #Rumor #Damon

  • My movies are unadorned, they're not particularly fancy, I think they're kind of workmanlike in some ways, focusing on the writing and the acting.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Writing #Thinking #Acting

  • I've never held myself up particularly high when I had movies that worked, and I never held myself all that low when I had failures.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Lows

  • I'm not the most loathsome man in the world. I've dropped to number nine.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Men #Numbers #World

  • One guy told me I was a great actor, I just would never be on the cover of a magazine.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Guy #Actors #Magazines

  • The best cure for a hangover is something one straight man can't do for another straight man.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Hangover #Men #Cures

  • You get old, you slow down.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Slow Down

  • You have to look also to the media, where you have a vast majority of the loudest and most influential political voices in America media from people who came from the entertainment world.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Media #Voice #America

  • There is nothing worse that a thirteen-year-old boy. You're embarrassed by your parents, and you're trying to find your independance because, deep inside, you are so dependent on your mom.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Mom #Boys #Years

  • Yes, I'm going to be the President of the United States. You know why? You think you can get chicks by being in the movies? You can really get chicks by being the President.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Thinking #Usa #President

  • But when I felt like I had something to prove? Then I got up early every morning and worked all day long. I didn't know if I had any more talent than anyone else directing, but I knew I could work hard at it, and so I did.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Morning #Hard Work #Long

  • My father has positional vertigo, and if he flies he gets really dizzy, so he has to drive out to California, which he does a couple times a year. We talk, but we e-mail mostly.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Couple #Father #Years

  • Jen came first, and then they wanted to cast somebody that would... Kevin liked the idea of having a kind of The Ghost of That Character kind of haunt the movie in a way throughout, by having Raquel look so much like her. And also, it was sort of serendipity. I mean, she was also the best actress. I mean, as you can see Raquel has a pretty appealing, engaging kind of precocious, sparkly quality that's... it was just luck really that she happened to the film.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Character #Mean #Ideas

  • It wasn't my childhood fantasy to work with Truffaut or be in obscure films. I like Midnight Run better than I like The Bicycle Thief. It was films like Die Hard and Bladerunner that made me want to be an actor.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Running #Childhood #Midnight

  • You're basically the sum of all the experiences you've ever had, and they're sort of shaken up in you and reproduced in the things you create, and that includes seeing movies.
    -- Ben Affleck

  • To answer the question, though: I didn't always want to direct. I just liked the idea of it. If a friend was making a short and needed someone who knew screen direction, I would jump in. It would be horrible, but it led to a short, then another, and another. It was like student films.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Ideas #Would Be #Answers

  • People decided that I was the frat guy, even though I've never been inside a fraternity, or the guy who beat them up at school, even though that wasn't me at all.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #School #People #Guy

  • No actor forgets the times he couldn't get a job. I think everyone doing this operates from that fear. You don't want that momentum to stop when you get it
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Jobs #Thinking #Momentum

  • On the day he had colonic irrigation: 'I feel I lost my virginity that day in so many ways.'
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Way #Lost #Irrigation

  • I think I'd rather tell the truth and say what I believe in and make people unhappy than sort of pretend to think something else to accommodate them and try to be liked. That's just the way it goes and I don't think I'm any great champion of anything, but if they're going to put me on a show, I'm going to say what I think.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Believe #Thinking #People

  • After 2000 or so, I started to realize I wanted to be doing something else. I didn't want to be in front of a camera. I was frustrated. I didn't think I would stop acting, but I didn't want to be seen.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Thinking #Frustrated #Acting

  • You know George M. Steinbrenner III is the center of all evil in the universe.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Evil #Universe

  • I kinda see my current position like this: Here's your five minutes in the toy store, so you gotta do all the good movies you can before 'Chuck Woolery' rings the bell.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Good Movie #Bells #Toys

  • On playing Batman and his daughter: If I was doing the sequel to Frozen I would be a hero. My two older daughters could give a sh-t about Batman and they've now passed that affection onto my son. He's always like, 'Papa, can I watch Frozen?' And I'm like, 'No, dude, it's not on again!'.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Daughter #Mother #Hero

  • Matt and I have set a date. Matt and I will tie the knot New Years Day in the town of Swampscott, Massachusetts. Reserve your hotel rooms now. I will be having a gay marriage.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #New Year #Gay #Ties

  • Memories, all those little experiences make up the fabric of our lives and on balance, I wouldn't want to erase any of them, tempting though it may be.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Memories #Balance #Fabric

  • It doesn't matter how you get knocked down in life, because that's going to happen. All that matters is that you gotta get up.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Happy Life #Matter #Knocked Down

  • You wasted $150,000 on an education you could have got for a buck fifty in late charges at the public library.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Hard Work #Library #Fifty

  • When I look up at the screen and see myself I always have to laugh. Not because I think I'm doing a horrible job, quite the contrary, I just feel it's so surreal to feel like one person can entertain so many at one time.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Jobs #Thinking #Laughing

  • The one benefit of having done all kinds of movies as an actor is, you learn the pros and cons of being tempted to do a really big movie because it costs a lot of money.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Cost #Actors #Done

  • It was a dreamlike time for me from December 1997 to March of '98. Before that, I was basically unknown. Then, bang! The starting gun fired, and everybody just started running. It was learn-on-the-job. And there were more opportunities for work than I had time to do them.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Running #Jobs #Gun

  • They say money can't buy happiness? Look at the smile on my face. Ear to ear, baby!
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Baby #Looks #Ears

  • I knew I had to get out of Boston and stop making movies there, at least for one movie, otherwise no one would ever consider me for a movie that took place south of Providence.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Boston #Providence

  • Its not who you love.  Its how.
    -- Ben Affleck

  • I have a promptness problem. I am a promptness-free zone.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Time #Problem #Promptness

  • Well I've never used that phrase before, but yes she is bootylicious.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Phrases #Used #Wells

  • There is currency to celebrity, or celebrity is a currency... You can spend it in a lot of ways, or you can squander it. You can be taxed, as well. I really started thinking long and hard about how to use that currency as long as I had it.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Thinking #Long #Use

  • Family is a wonderful thing, but it doesn't mean you can't do other stuff in your life. In fact, having a family makes whatever other thing you have that much richer. If it was just me, I'd be home alone and think, 'Well, something good happened at work,' but it's nicer to share it with people you love.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Dad #Home #Mean

  • There are two things for a marriage to be good. One is to work hard on it. The other one is to marry above you. And I succeeded at both of those.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Marriage #Hard Work #Two

  • I have three women in the house. I get to be wrong three times a day.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #House #Three

  • I remember back when I was a kid there was a comic strip called Plastic Man. His body was elastic and he could make his extremities as long as he wanted. As a youngster I didn't fully appreciate. But I'm now thinking Plastic Man was probably pretty popular with the ladies.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Kids #Men #Thinking

  • If you think Hollywood is depressing and corrupt, politics is really depressing and corrupt -- and fueled even more than Hollywood by money -- if that's possible.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Depressing #Thinking #Hollywood

  • I never really thought of myself as a beefcake kind of guy.
    -- Ben Affleck

    #Perspective #Guy #Kind