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By Sean O’Connell

Hollywood News

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Some of us are still getting used to talking about Ben Affleck, The Director.

Most of us grew up watching Ben Affleck, The Marquee Star. Ever since the fresh-faced Bostonian shocked the world (or, at the very least, the film industry) by winning an Oscar for his first screenplay of Good Will Hunting, Affleck has been an integral part of the Hollywood scene. Mostly, he was carrying popcorn blockbusters such as Daredevil or Armageddon. He earned indie cred collaborating with Kevin Smith on Chasing Amy, then fell victim to a string of poor acting choices that resulted in Gigli, Paycheck and Surviving Christmas.

In 2007, Affleck reinvented himself. He cast a fantastic ensemble for his adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s moody detective thriller Gone Baby Gone. Critics and audiences raved. Affleck followed that with The Town, an equally tough-talking Boston gang drama. It was as good, »

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