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The best day of the Good Will Hunting star's acting career was the day it died; it made him go off and become more interesting

Oh, we've had our ups and downs, me and Ben Affleck, over the years. Time was, back in his not-so halcyon tabloid years, during his tenure as garcon-du-jour with Aniston, Lopez etc, and as a succession of blockbuster flops tore the bark off his fame, I found myself rooting wholeheartedly for the total extirpation of his career. I groaned through Pearl Harbor, head in hands, wishing I could actually slap the screen. I spent Armageddon tightly clutching my thrice-filled and overflowing barf-bag, and during The Sum Of All Fears, when we saw the city of Baltimore nuked to ashes, I wanted to scream at the screen, as I relished Affleck's failure to save America. "In your face, Jack Ryan!"

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- John Patterson

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