He’s not a bad actor. And he’s made some good movies. But is there something that Ben Affleck does that’s better than anybody else?
He’s not charismatic, like his friend Matt Damon.
He’s not interesting, like his brother Casey.
Or does he just suffer by comparison? Would he be better off if he wasn’t associated with more talented people?
Or does he suffer because he keeps putting himself in situations that call for something special, and he just doesn’t have it.
Ben Affleck’s top 3 performances are probably Chasing Amy, Good Will Hunting, and Argo.
In other words, he was best playing…
– the romantic lead in an edgy indie comedy, before he was a star;
– the supporting best friend of a guy with whom he is friends in real life;
– a hamstrung operative in a political thriller with plenty of plot events and interesting suppoeting characters.
Ben Affleck has never been the lead in a good movie where you couldn’t imagine anybody else playing the part.
Think about the iconic roles of Jack Nicholson, Christopher Walken, Al Pacino, and Robert DeNiro.
Now imagine a scenario where you could say the same thing about Ben Affleck.