Ben Affleck about the “Faustian” price of celebrity
In a recent interview for The Guardian, Ben Affleck gets candid about the mistakes he has done throughout his life, the dreams fulfilled and the price he had to pay for all of that. “I’ve had my wildest dreams come true, but the price is the Faustian exchange you make where your identity is not your own”.
Affleck, now 44, says that he has done some mistakes in his 20s, but they were not the kind to collide with his values or his objectives. “I’d always had a strong idea about my values and the direction I wanted to be headed in”, he says in a recent interview to The Guardian. “When you’re a young man in your 20s, part of that is making mistakes and learning from them”, the Argo star and director added, explaining that most of his mistakes were “just of the embarrassing kind.”
Affleck’s acting career bloomed when he started dating Jennifer Garner, in 2005. A few years prior he had been in rehab, a story which leaked to the press and became one of the key-moments in describing his personal life. Before his relationship with Garner began, he has had highly publicized relationships with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez. Paltrow, who dated him from 1997 to 1999, later said about him: “He’s super intelligent and really, really talented. And he’s funny. But he wasn’t in a good place in his life to have a girlfriend…”.
Affleck and Garner married in 2005 and have three kids together: Violet, 11, Seraphina, 7, and Sam, 4. During his marriage to Garner, also a talented and successful actress, Affleck won two Golden Globes, two BAFTA Awards and an Academy Award for his movie Argo (2012).
The couple announced their separation in 2015. But while they are not a couple anymore, they are parenting under the same roof. “I think becoming a father makes you see the world differently and it’s good”, says the Suicide Squad and Batman actor, explaining that he understands the price he has to pay for being famous, as long as it does not interfere with his children directly. While calling the press “invasive and dishonest”, the actor and director says he can deal with it. “What I’m not at peace with is when it invades on my kids’ space and time. They didn’t make any bargains”.