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VIDEO: Ben Affleck Reveals Why He Would 'Discourage' His Kids from Acting

Ben Affleck is opening up about the downsides of fame and why he doesn’t want his children to get caught up in it.

The 44-year-old actor says he would “discourage” his and Jennifer Garner‘s kids – Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 4 – from getting into acting.

“I wouldn’t allow them to do it until they’re 18, and once they were 18, they can do whatever they want to do, but I would discourage it,” he told Extra‘s Mario Lopez.

“Overnight, I went from somebody no one ever heard of, to somebody that gets recognized on the street and could get a table at a restaurant,” Ben added, reflecting on his own journey. “I was 24 years old and it was a confusing time. I’ve got three kids now, and it’s a whole long road later. I have a much better perspective on it all, although it still can be confusing and difficult to deal with. There’s no map to it, you’ve just got to figure it out on your own.”

Watch the interview below.


Ben Affleck – Extra With Mario Lopez

See what else Ben had to share about some of his past troubles growing up in the Hollywood spotlight here.

Ben Affleck Talks About Troubled Past: 'I Flailed Around' for Years

Ben Affleck is opening up about some of his past troubles as he grew up in the Hollywood spotlight throughout his 20s and 30s.

“I’d always had a strong idea about my values and the direction I wanted to be headed in, then I ran into getting famous and it totally spun me around and I flailed around for a few years. When you’re a young man in your 20s, part of that is making mistakes and learning from them,” Ben told The Guardian. “I just made those in front of everybody, rather than privately. There’s stuff I look back on and kind of cringe at but I always tried to treat other people well. My parents imbued that in me and the mistakes I made were mostly just of the embarrassing kind.”

Ben went through public breakups and rumors of personal problems, though he has kept mostly private on any issues.

“I think becoming a father makes you see the world differently and it’s good,” Ben added of his kids with estranged wife Jennifer Garner, Violet, 11, Seraphina, 7, and Sam, 4. “I’m at peace with paying my own price, what I’m not at peace with is when it invades on my kids’ space and time. They didn’t make any bargains. I try to shelter them as best I can. That’s my only real gripe.”

Ben Affleck Gives Update on 'Batman' Solo Movie, May Not Direct

Ben Affleck just updated fans in a new interview that he may actually not direct the upcoming standalone Batman film, now titled The Batman.

“That’s the idea,” the 44-year-old actor told The Guardian when asked if he would be directing. “But it’s not a set thing and there’s no script. If it doesn’t come together in a way I think is really great I’m not going to do it.”

A few months ago, Ben also said the film had not yet been written.

“We’re still working on it, and I’m not happy enough with it yet to actually go out there and make a Batman movie, for which I have the highest of standards, I would say,” Ben said. “That’s something that would have to pass a very high bar for me. It’s not just like, ‘Yeah, that might be fun, let’s go try this out.’”

Ben‘s next appearance as Batman will come in the Justice League movie, in theaters on November 17, 2017.

Ben Affleck Says He Won't Make Mediocre Batman Movie

Ben Affleck won’t make a movie if he doesn’t like the script.

The 44-year-old actor says that’s true of Batman films too.

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“I’m not going to write and direct anything that I don’t think is good enough to be made,” Ben told EW (via Reddit). “I’m definitely going to make sure I have something that is special—there’s not enough money in the world to make a mediocre version of Batman worth it.”

Pictured: Ben shops at Barney’s New York on Friday (December 16) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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Ben Affleck Talks About Dating Jennifer Lopez During 'Gigli' Days

Ben Affleck was asked about his widely publicized movie, 2003′s Gigli, which was considered a flop by critics, and his relationship with Jennifer Lopez at the time.

“It could have been a bad movie no one cared about. Angelina Jolie had a bad movie that year and no one cared. But it was because I was dating Jennifer Lopez that made it a big f*cking deal. So not only was it just a bad movie but ‘they dated each other,’” Ben said during his TimesTalk earlier in the week. Angelina made two films in 2003: Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life and Beyond Borders.

“There was a reporter doing stand-up in front of the theater that Friday morning, [saying] ‘Here I am outside of Gigli, and as you can see, no one is here in line. I was like, ‘What is this, hurricane coverage?’” Ben added.

Ben and Jennifer Lopez were together until 2004.

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Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, & Ben Affleck Attend 'Live By Night' Screening in NYC

Elle Fanning strikes a pose as she arrives at the screening of her new film Live by Night on Tuesday night (December 13) at the Metrograph in New York City.

The 18-year-old actress was joined at the screening by her co-stars Ben Affleck, Sienna Miller, Chris Messina, and Chris Cooper.

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Ben wrote and directed the upcoming crime thriller – which is set to hit select theaters December 25 before a wide release on January 13.

FYI: Elle is wearing a Carolina Herrera dress, Gianvito Rossi shoes, and Tiffany & Co. jewelry. Sienna is wearing a Proenza Schouler dress and Tabitha Simmons shoes.

10+ pictures inside of stars arriving at the Live by Night screening…

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Ben Affleck Speaks Highly of Jennifer Garner & Their Kids in New Interview

Ben Affleck said some really sweet things while walking the red carpet for his movie Live By Night last night in New York City.

When asked about the most defining moment of his life, the 44-year-old actor answered, “In my career or otherwise, it is the birth of my children. The entrance of my children into the world. It’s a joy to hang out with them. I think the meaning of life is to make good people.”

Ben and Jennifer Garner have three children together: Violet, 11, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 4.

Ben also gave Jennifer a very sweet shout out during his interview, calling her the “world’s greatest mom.”

Also pictured inside: Jennifer out and about on Tuesday (December 13) in Brentwood, Calif.

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