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Matt Damon vs. Ben Affleck: Film Critics Are Forced to Pick a Favorite — IndieWire Critics Survey

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Matt Damon vs. Ben Affleck: Film Critics Are Forced to Pick a Favorite — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

From “School Ties” to “Live By Night” and this weekend’s “The Great Wall,” Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have each — for better and worse — left a considerable and ever-increasing footprint in the cultural landscape. But while the world is wide enough for both of them, our hearts are not. And so, we forced our panel of critics to choose: Ben Affleck or Matt Damon?

There can be only one.

Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse), Freelance with Rolling Stone, Vulture, Vox

This is a toughie. In terms of looks, both Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s faces remind me of between forty and fifty of my least-favorite classmates during
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Before he was Batman, Ben Affleck acted like he understood science for a living

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Before he was Batman, Ben Affleck acted like he understood science for a living
Ben Affleck is making the rounds promoting his latest film, The Accountant, and stopped by The Graham Norton Show. That was a big mistake. The host dredged up a role from Affleck's early acting days as a presenter on the educational program The Voyage of the Mimi. While Affleck mentioned he worked on the show as early as 10-years-old, the first clip Norton pulled up was a bit older (Affleck guessed 14) and just happened to include work from his first trip to England. But keep watching as Norton then brings out what he calls Affleck's "unengaged listening face" which he absolutely still uses today. There's some old clips of The Voyage of the Mimi on YouTube of course if you're interested in seeing more of this. Here's how one uploader described the show: Here's a little clip from the 1984 educational PBS TV series Voyage of the Mimi. This show consisted of two halves,
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Ben Affleck Painfully Relives Days as a Child Actor on 'Voyage of the Mimi' -- Watch!

Ben Affleck Painfully Relives Days as a Child Actor on 'Voyage of the Mimi' -- Watch!
Before Ben Affleck was an Oscar-winning filmmaker, he was just a young kid trying to educate the masses.

The 44-year-old actor makes an appearance on next week's episode of The Graham Norton Show, where he's forced to relive his painful -- and hilarious -- past as host of PBS' educational television series The Voyage of the Mimi.

Watch: Exclusive: Ben Affleck Opens Up About Co-Parenting with Estranged Wife Jennifer Garner: 'We Try Our Best'

"Much like my character in [The Accountant], I had some training in my early life, but this kind of training was training in making sixth grade math and science students suffer through belabored explanation of math and science concepts on a child's TV show," Affleck explained of his childhood role.

"I did it over a period of time," he said of the 13-episode series that aired in the '80s. "There's some where I'm 10, and some where I'm 13."

Watch the hilarious clip below:

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Ben Affleck Facts: 31 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the 'Gone Girl' Star

Ben Affleck has been tough to miss these past 20 years, and he's not slowing down anytime soon.

Since having early success as a child star in the '80s, Affleck reinvented himself alongside lifelong friend Matt Damon in "Good Will Hunting" (1997), not only starring in the film, but also winning an Oscar as co-screenwriter. After the life-changing experience, the young actor found offers piling in and soon starred in blockbusters like "Armageddon" (1998) and "Daredevil" (2001), just to name a couple. The actor has since found his stride as a director, but this fall, he's back in front of the camera in David Fincher's critically-acclaimed thriller "Gone Girl."

From his unlikely early roles to his family connection to Joaquin Phoenix, here are 31 things you probably don't know about Ben Affleck.

1. Ben Affleck was born Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, to Chris Boldt and Timothy Affleck.

2. His mother was
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16 Actors You Didn’t Know Started Young

Before high school prom, before their first kisses and dates, some actors were already hard at work in the business. Some of today’s most well-known actors have been working since they were just kids—since before they had all their adult teeth! I’ve watched Ben Affleck in everything from “Argo,” all the way back to “The Voyage of the Mimi.” (Though I must admit—“Voyage” was an educational program we were assigned to watch in elementary school.) The point is: these actors have sustained impressive careers since earlier than you might have imagined. Here are 16 actors that started in their teens or earlier! Click Here To View The Slideshow.
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20 Celebrities Who Started Out On Children’s Shows (That Weren’t The Mickey Mouse Club)

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It’s hard to catch a big break, and some stars get theirs performing for little ones. Everyone knows now that Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera all got their start on The Mickey Mouse Club, but did you know there are more children’s shows that spawned Disney stars than just ye olde Mmc? Long before they were Disney starlets, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato were adorable tykes on Barney & Friends? Or that Ben Affleck‘s first claim to fame wasn’t being an actor or a director; he was a passenger on The Voyage of the Mimi.

Sesame Street might be everyone’s first foray into television viewing, but for esteemed adult actors like Alan Arkin and Raul Julia, it was their first television paycheck! Jennifer Love Hewitt and Fergie once danced together on Kids Incorporated and Leonardo DiCaprio was reportedly fired from his first job on Romper Room.
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10 Things About... Batman star Ben Affleck

10 Things About... Batman star Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck is a man of many talents. His CV is crammed with impressive achievements - actor, writer, director, producer, international heart-throb, and now he can add another string to his already brimming bow - Batman.

His casting in the sought-after Hollywood role for the Man of Steel sequel was announced this morning (August 23) and sent social media into overdrive. The movie will mark the first time that these two superheroes have appeared on the big screen together.

To honour the latest Batman role, we've got 10 Affleck-related facts for you below...

1. Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt was born in Berkeley, California on August 15, 1972. He was born to mother Christine, who was a teacher, and father Timothy, a social worker turned director and actor. Affleck is of English, Irish, German, Swedish, Scottish and French ancestry and he has a younger brother, actor Casey, who was born after the family moved to Massachusetts.
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Throwback: See A 12-Year-Old Ben Affleck

Throwback: See A 12-Year-Old Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck turned 41 on Thursday, Aug. 15. The Oscar-winning actor, director, writer, political activist and father has met a resurgence of success over the past several years, and today we are celebrating another year of Affleck affection. Here are some gems about one-half of everyone's favorite bromance.

Ben Affleck was born Aug. 15, 1972, in Berkeley, Calif.

(Seen here in 1997 at 25 years old)

Affleck broke through with 1997's "Chasing Amy" and "Good Will Hunting," but he spent the '80s and early '90s occupying small TV and film roles. Here he is at 12, looking sufficiently confused about what glucose is on an episode of the PBS educational series "The Voyage of the Mimi."

(From 1984)

At 16 he could be seen delivering Burger King to a sultry young lady's doorstep.

(The YouTube page indicates this video is from 1980, which isn't possible given the star's age at the time. He told CBS in 2010 that he
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A YouTube History of Ben Affleck

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A YouTube History of Ben Affleck
Once upon a time, before Ben Affleck was an accomplished DGA Award–winning director with a movie increasingly favored to win Best Picture, he was just another kid-made-good from Boston. He was also a child actor. And maybe you forgot, but he was engaged to Jennifer Lopez for a while there. Ben Affleck has lived many lives, all of them broadcast before us in sometimes excruciating detail and now archived forever on YouTube. So here, please join Vulture for a walk down Ben Affleck Memory Lane to remember just how far he has come. (Warning: It gets rough around the 2004 mark.) 1984: The Voyage of the Mimi. A young Ben Affleck braves the Arctic Wind Tunnel for this PBS educational series. You can already see Argo taking shape: the bowl cut, the polo shirt, the "Serious Glucose Face" (an early precursor to the "Serious Ex-Fil Face"). Genius takes time. 1989:
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Hot Buzz Time Machine: Tiny Ben Affleck in Voyage of the Mimi

Ben Affleck, the star and director of this week's new movie The Town, is near and dear to my heart. A personal heartthrob since his Good Will Hunting days, Affleck has had his career ups and downs, but currently I think he's riding high, as he's proving himself as a capable auteur of heavyweight dramas. So in his honor, I'd love to direct you to one of his very first highs. 12 year-old Affleck plays host for The Voyage of the Mimi, an educational PBS series. Note the amazing bowl cut and sweet, eager-to-please demeanor. Watch and try not to squeal too much, will you?
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Gordon Gecko Has A Daughter

Am I excited to see the new Wall Street movie? No, not really. Does this casting news change anything? No, not really. Will I see the movie when it comes out? Of course, it.s Wall Street. I watched Gordon Gecko bend the market to his will like some morally-ambiguous Capitalist ninja in my Economics class. I can.t just write that off like Ben Affleck teaching me about the wonders of the sea in The Voyage Of The Mimi. Fourth grade Social Studies represent. According to The Latino Review, Pride & Prejudice actress Carey Mulligan will play Gordon Gecko.s daughter, the fiancee of Shia Labeouf.s character, in the upcoming Money Never Sleeps. Apparently, Winnie, no not Kevin Arnold.s dream girl, hasn.t spoken to her father since he got sent up the creek and still harbors ill-will over her brother Rudy.s suicide, no not the ...
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