For a lot of people, Hollywood is one of the strangest places on the planet. And it’s not because of all the movies, the controversies, the stories and the celebrities that it produces. Instead, it’s because often, it can’t make up its mind if someone deserves a second chance or not. While there are plenty of entertainers who end up lost in celebrity obscurity, there are others that get a second shot in their careers. Or in some cases, third or even fourth. A few names that come to mind are Robert Downey Jr. and Mickey Rourke.
But as many people know, Hollywood can both be a forgetful and forgiving place at the same time. That’s why there are people out there that still think Ben Affleck might have a chance of one day reaching the top of his career, despite everything that he has been going through personally lately. After all, he’s always been one of the biggest names in Hollywood and he has enough credits, accolades, and even friends in the business to back him up. With that being said, we’ve got 20 reasons why we think Hollywood will give Ben Affleck a second chance.
20 His Talent
First and foremost, there’s no denying that Ben Affleck has always been one of Hollywood’s greatest talents. He’s achieved all that he’s achieved for a simple reason: he’s the kind of actor that people do want to see on the big screen. Plus, he’s been a household name for almost three decades now, along with his fellow Hollywood actor and best friend, Matt Damon. No matter what goes on with Ben Affleck from a personal standpoint, he will always be applauded for the contributions he’s made to modern cinema, both as an actor and a director. That is something that no one can deny.
19 His Previous Credits
Ben also has his name attached to plenty of successful films from the past. He’s won Academy Awards for his work on the unforgettable Good Will Hunting and for his work in 2012’s Argo. He’s also gotten plenty of acclaim for The Town. Sure, he’s had a few flops, including Gigli, Jersey Girl, and more but for the most part Ben’s seen more career winners than losers. But at the same time, Ben gets his name attached to important movies because movie studios and bosses know that he has a name that can help sell tickets at the box office.
18 His Family
It’s without a doubt that Ben Affleck’s biggest strength is his family. And his family members are also the most important people in his life that don’t want to see him fail. After all, he’s got three children who look up to him as their own personal hero. Critics can say what they will about Ben Affleck, but there’s no denying that he wants to be the best person possible for his children. That’s why he’s not going to give up on himself, or on them for that matter. He’s got so much to live for and there are people that remind him of this every single day.
17 Jennifer Garner Will Always Have His Back
A lot of people consider Ben Affleck to be a very lucky man. Why? Because Jennifer Garner has proven to be the kind of partner that will stand by her man – or in this case her ex – regardless of what he may be going through in his life both professionally or personally. Plus, she realizes that he is also the father of her three children, all of whom she loves dearly. His health and happiness is just as important as that of their kids. No matter how many times he falls, she will never give up on him, and might just be there to pick him up, too.
16 As Will Matt Damon
As many people know, Hollywood is a fickle place. One moment you are in, and the next moment you are out. And the same can be said about Hollywood friendships: the majority of them don’t last forever. Luckily, Ben has someone who he could always count on, for better or for worse, and that’s his best friend Matt Damon. Matt has been there for the good times and he’s also been there for the bad times. When asked how Ben Affleck helped keep him grounded back in 2015, Matt told Sunrise, “It was like winning the lottery with your friend at the same time.”
15 He’s Been Down This Road Before
It’s safe to say that Ben Affleck has definitely been down this road before. They don’t call him the comeback kid for nothing. If he’s managed to dig his way out of his previous hole, he can easily manage to do the same thing now. Ben told Any Given Wednesday, “If you went by what people said… I wasn’t cool and I wasn’t talented, and I was like the lowest rung of cool and talented that you could possibly be in the public consciousness at that time. I had broken up with Jennifer Lopez and I had like three or four movies in a row that had bombed.”
14 He’s An Exceptional Actor
While there’s no doubt that a lot of people can discuss Ben Affleck’s talent and box office draw all day long, there’s no denying that he’s an exceptional actor. When he walks into a room, you can bet your bottom dollar that everyone is going to turn his way. His ex Jennifer Garner had this to say about him in Vanity Fair: “He’s the most brilliant person in any room, the most charismatic, the most generous. He’s just a complicated guy. I always say, ‘When his sun shines on you, you feel it.’ But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it’s cold. He can cast quite a shadow.”
13 And An Exceptional Director
And let’s not forget, Ben has also showed us what he’s made of behind the cameras, too. A lot of people enjoyed his films, Gone Baby Gone and Argo. That’s we so many people have a feeling that he’s got so much more to offer. And apparently, Ben knows this, too. It’s just a matter of when he will pull through again. He told Any Given Sunday, “That became my mantra ‘I’m just going to work harder than everybody else…’ My wife was really instrumental and helpful in me doing a lot of that work because I was just so focused [on it] and it was harder to balance family and all that.”
12 When He Puts His Mind To It, Great Things Happen
Ben even knows that if he puts his mind to something, great things will happen. After all, he’s got all of the resources that many other actors don’t have. And there are people out there willing to work with him, despite the ups and downs in his personal life. Ben told The Guardian, “I’d always had a strong idea about my values and the direction I wanted to be headed in, then I ran into getting famous and it totally spun me around and I flailed around for a few years. When you’re a young man in your 20s, part of that is making mistakes and learning from them. I just made those in front of everybody, rather than privately.”
11 He’s Almost Like Hollywood Royalty
Truthfully, a lot of people would like to think that they are part of some sort of mystical Hollywood royalty or that they are the Kings or Queens of the entertainment industry. And in some ways, you can say that Ben Affleck is a king – the Hollywood Homecoming King, that is. He told Graham Norton, “Everything sort of slows down and you’re spinning around. That was how it kind of felt [when] they said our names… I was 24 years old. I barely knew anything at all. I think it was in some ways trouble to get that much recognition early on… I think I certainly appreciated later on what it meant.”
10 Everyone Loves A Good Comeback Story
Sure, people go to Hollywood for the story that’s told on the big screen. And if there is one story they love the most, it’s a good comeback one. And for someone like Ben Affleck, he’s got his first name written all over one. He just needs to work on it, so to speak. He told Graham Norton, “I had been through so many ups and downs and humiliations and highs and lows at that point I had three children and I had the whole life, I appreciated it. I also knew what it meant and what it didn’t mean… It was a really nice night and I got to share that with people that I really loved.”
9 The Business Won’t Forget His Name
Say what you will about Ben Affleck, but there’s no way that the business will ever forget his name. But let’s face it, that’s mostly because he and his family are such a hot paparazzi target, too. Wherever Ben goes in Los Angeles, you can bet that someone with a camera is not too far behind. Ben told Jimmy Kimmel, “I think, in all seriousness, you can’t help but be critical of yourself when your work is thrown back in your face and you see yourself all the time. Especially with paparazzi pictures. They do the opposite of movies. They try to pick the one where you look the most bloated and grotesque. And then they run the headline. It’s, like, ‘Affleck Homeless for Life!’”
8 His Kids Are Important To Him
Sure, Ben Affleck has had plenty of roles in his life, but if there is one that is the most important to him, it’s his role as a father. There’s no denying that his three children are very important to him and that he wants to be there for them, every step of the way. Without his family, his career and other parts of his life wouldn’t mean very much. “When you have kids, what’s that expression, ‘Your heart is outside your body,’ all of a sudden you feel so vulnerable and this fear of a child being vulnerable is very very powerful,” he said to People Magazine.
7 He Might Just Need Time Off
There’s also the possibility that Ben Affleck might just need some well-deserved time off from the spotlight. After all, everyone could use a good vacation, regardless of what you do for a living. And for Ben, he’s just tired of all the scrutiny and the critics in his life. Ben once told Jimmy Kimmel, “I don’t own a skinny mirror or anything. I just avoid mirrors altogether. And occasionally, I catch a glimpse of this, like, strange, unshaven, middle-aged man. And I don’t recognize him at all. I’m horrified when I realize that actually the huge, shuffling, grey-haired homeless guy is me.”
6 Or Move From L.A. Altogether
Another possibility is that Ben and his ex-wife Jennifer Garner can simply just move away from Los Angeles and all of the toxicity that Hollywood brings on a day-to-day basis. A lot of Hollywood stars find that living in other parts of the country actually does help their overall health and mental wellbeing. In other words, they should get out while they still can. Ben told The Guardian, “There’s stuff I look back on and kind of cringe at but I always tried to treat other people well. My parents imbued that in me and the mistakes I made were mostly just of the embarrassing kind.”
5 He Has Movies In The Pipeline
Even though he’s not currently active in Hollywood right now, Ben does have quite a few movies that are in the pipeline, including his much-anticipated film, The Batman. He’s actually a producer of the movie, which is now in pre-production. He’s also the executive producer of another television series called City on a Hill, which is expected to hit the small screen in 2019. In other words, Ben just can’t walk up and leave. He’s got too much at stake here. He’s got a team of people counting on his return, whenever that will be. Fingers crossed it will be sooner rather than later.
4 And Future Projects In The Works
If that weren’t enough, Ben also has quite a few movies in the works, too. He is the executive producer of two television movies, one called Thirst and another called Witness for the Prosecution. And that’s something you can’t say about everyone. People want to see Ben do well, even if his personal life might not be standing at the same level. Now, that’s not to say that we should expect to see him on the red carpet at the awards shows. He’s got his work cut out for him. It might be plenty of years before we see Ben reach that level again.
3 He Has Too Much To Lose
Let’s face it: Ben Affleck is way too young to just walk away and leave Hollywood for good. He’s got so many more years in him, and yes, he’s also got too much to lose. His honor is one of them. Ben told The Guardian, “The press can become invasive and dishonest, and you have to put up with inconvenient stuff like that. I’m at peace with paying my own price, what I’m not at peace with is when it invades on my kids’ space and time. They didn’t make any bargains. I try to shelter them as best I can. That’s my only real gripe.”
2 He Doesn’t Want To Let Down His Supporters
There are a lot of people rooting for Ben Affleck, including those people in his inner circle, his ex-wife and his family. He doesn’t want to let anyone down, including the mother of his children. She’s given him so much happiness in his life in the form of their three kids. Plus, he has so much respect for Jennifer Garner. He said back in 2016, “We try our best. Jen’s great. She’s in Reno. Doing what she believes in. Which is great. Think it’s awesome. And I’m so impressed by it — her and everything she does. She’s a great mom and that’s how it is.”
1 He Wants To Make His Fans Proud
Now, no one knows what is in Ben’s future, but one thing is for certain: he’s got big plans. If we don’t see him in Hollywood, there’s a chance that we might see him somewhere else, like Washington. Ben told E! News back in 2016, “I like the idea of running for office I think there’s something really noble in public service. I’ve been disillusioned… it’s this relentless cash suck… Congress it’s a miracle they get anything done they spend so much time raising money. I will say that the great thing about November 2016 is that I all of a sudden became qualified to run for President.”