Ben Affleck caught my eye in the 1997 comedy romance Chasing Amy. He’s obviously a fan of the ladies despite an up and down success cycle with his films. Regardless, his acting has stayed superb and is often well worth the price of admission.
I previously posted my Top 10 Matt Damon Movies list here so I wanted to give these two lifelong best friends back to back shout outs, with a tragic interruption from one of my all time favorite entertainers.
Thank you to IMDB, Wikipedia and You Tube for their assistance in helping with the research I obtained for this post. So, let’s get started on my Top 10 Ben Affleck Movies!
10 Changing Lanes (2002)
Question – What did Ben Affleck do when he got so cold standing under the fire sprinklers for hours on end in the film’s final scenes?
This takes leaving the scene of an accident to an entirely new level of answering that question – don’t do it. How easily a few minutes of conversation could have outrun the long-term warfare these two engaged in against each other. In the end it works out and they are both enlightened but it came at such an unnecessary cost.
Answer – He wore a wetsuit under his clothing.
9 Daredevil (2003)
Question – What did Michael Clarke Duncan do specifically for his role?
Maybe some of the action sequences weren’t as up to par but there is a great appearance by an actor I absolutely love in Duncan. Top that off with some amazing chemistry between Affleck and the mega-hot Jennifer Garner (playing Elektra) and this is a darn good film! Despite Elektra’s (possible) mortal exit from the movie there were several hints to a sequel. Hence, it was followed up by the movie “Elektra”. Wow, Marvel films was just getting the fire stoked before it launched off into the Avenger’s world, huh?
Answer – He weighed 290 pounds. He was asked to gain 40 pounds for the role in order to fit the physique of Kingpin. In order to do this, he would lift weights for 30 minutes a day, and power-lifted with one or two reps a day, as well as eating whatever he wanted.
8 Hollywoodland (2006)
Question – What is unique about the Alvis automobile Reeves is shown washing in the film?
Continuing on with my Top 10 Ben Affleck Movies list, this caught my eye a few years back. It is based on a true story which is something I will always gravitate towards in film. I grew up seeing actor George Reeves as the first Superman I would know despite it being a few decades prior to my time. This was a fascinating docudrama on television’s original Man of Steel.
Answer – It is an extremely rare vehicle that was shipped to the location for the movie. It is the actual car that Reeves owned.
7 State Of Play (2009)
Question – Who are the people in the photos on display behind the desk in Cameron Lynn’s office?
From my perspective this movie virtually “came and went” so to speak in that there should have been a lot more discussion as to what a good film it was. I love any political thriller that doesn’t lose me with too many players and this one didn’t despite an insanely elite cast! Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, Jason Bateman, Robin Wright Penn, and Jeff Daniels. I know, right?
Answer – They are Helen Mirren’s own personal photos and show her with her sister, Kate, and husband Taylor Hackford.
6 Reindeer Games (2010)
Question – In 2007, who stated Reindeer Games was their least favorite film they had acted in?
For starters, Charlize Theron is smokin’ hot and there are so many twists and turns along with the suspense that I loved this movie! And well because. Charlize Theron! Oh and Ben Affleck and Gary Sinise too!
Answer – Charlize Theron.
5 Good Will Hunting (1997)
Question – What did Casey Affleck do that frustrated Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Gus Van Sant during filming?
Afflect was an absolutely perfect accompaniment and the fact that I knew he and Damon were best friends in real life made the film seem that much more real. These guys would lay on the tracks for each other and I know friends like that in my life. I hope you all do too. Thank you Ben Affleck.
Answer – He ad-libbed most of his lines making them much funnier and better than what was originally written for him and the others finally realized it and agreed.
4 Armageddon (1998)
Question – What is unique about the shuttle crew wrapping Rockhound in duct tape after he gets space dementia?
Some of the early cat and mouse pursuing and an overbearing father addressing his future son-in-law with the shotgun approach (literally) is hysterically funny. More fathers should take that approach at the outset with gentlemen callers as a fair warning. Well, without actually shooting them if no harm has been done yet. This film is filled with so much fun and entertainment with Affleck coming through as a hero in the end.
Answer – This is, in fact, NASA protocol for immobilizing a crazed crew member.
3 The Sum Of All Fears (2002)
Question – Who rescued President Fowler from the wrecked motorcade?
Several critics felt this was the best Jack Ryan role to date. Sorry, I’m still partial to Alec Baldwin in “The Hunt For Red October”. Affleck did a terrific job and is it just me or can any actor/actress fail along side Morgan Freeeman on the big screen? I biasedly say “no”!
Answer – Those were real U. S. Marines along with two Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters.The mission conducted by the Marines in this scene is what to expect when executing a TRAP (Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and/or Personnel). TRAP missions are most likely to be assigned to a Marine Expeditionary Unit. All Phil Alden Robinson had to do was point at the overturned limo and say “The President is in that car!”
2 Argo (2012)
Question – In an interview with Piers Morgan, what were former American President Jimmy Carter’s thoughts on the film?
This fascinated me as I was in the school government and we not only watched these events unfold live on tv but were able to study a great deal about them later on.
Answer – The President said that he believes the film was a “great drama” and it deserved to win an Oscar for best film. However, Carter noted that although “90 per cent of the contributions to the ideas and the consummation of the plan was Canadian,” the film “gives almost full credit to the American CIA. With that exception, the movie’s very good,” Carter said, but “the main hero, in my opinion, was Ken Taylor, who was the Canadian ambassador who orchestrated the entire process.”
1 Pearl Harbor (2001)
Question – Ok, this is really cool. How did they achieve the scenes during the Doolittle Raid where it appears the actors are actually flying the B-25’s?
This film caps off my Top 10 Ben Affleck Movies at #1 and is yet another tribute to a subject I’ve studied most of my adult life; that being WWII. While lacking in spots here and there the lengthy film is essentially broken up into three “chapters”. The focus is on two flyboys and the mutual woman they have both fallen in love with. War isn’t fair.
He’s fallen head over heels, love at first sight for his soon to be girlfriend (Kate Beckinsale). She’s working as a nurse when she accidentally gives him a double dose of inoculation to his bare bum. As his words begin to slur he wishes to say, “I really, really like you…” and instead the title of this post is what comes out of his mouth.
Answer – They actually are. No CG was used. Alec Baldwin, Josh Hartnett and Ben Affleck were all given basic flight training so they could handle the planes. To get the various shots of the actors in the pilot’s seat, the “real” pilot would simply pilot the plane to the desired destination, and then switch seats with the actor, who would take the controls while the camera crew moved alongside to get the shot. The actor and pilot would then switch seats again.
What is your favorite Ben Affleck movie?
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