Affleck fascinates me as he seems to have the world at his feet and then make really odd decisions. Daredevil was a curve-ball after winning an early Oscar and this compounded with his relationship with JLo seemed to have the world turn against him awfully quickly. He spent ten years climbing out of that pit and built a rep as an excellent writer and director, bagging his second Oscar along the way. Then he did Batman and a billion memes were born.
I think the moral here is pretty clear.
What’s interesting about Affleck is that he’s very smart and likeable, but somehow audiences just don’t warm to him in front of the camera. He’s so much better being himself in an interview than he is playing a character on-screen and I feel it’s because - when he’s acting - he looks like a guy who’d be slapping around Marty McFly. His actual screen presence seems quite at odds with Affleck as a person, who’s very charming and funny, and I wonder if this is what audiences are bumping against. Take a look at this clip of him in Hollywood Kryptonite. There’s something very Jock about him when he’s acting, which doesn’t seem like Affleck as a person.