Inside the Renaissance of Ben Affleck

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But 20 years later—and celebrating his 50th birthday on Aug. 15—the actor, director, Oscar-winning writer and producer, father and, once again, husband is crushing it much harder, and he can sense it.

Professionally speaking, his performance for 2020’s The way backHe won the best acting review of his career for his performance in “The Coach,” in which he plays an alcoholic high-school basketball coach who fails to keep his son’s young son on the right track. He and Matt Damon put their writing heads back together and emerged with The Last Duel, which also got good reviews but maybe just wasn’t what the popcorn-chugging crowd was looking for. And he earned a Golden Globe nomination earlier this year for The Tender BarHis first acting nod since 2007.

“I’m very happy, I’m in a very happy time in my life,”Affleck, smiley, but not intending to elaborate. Telled MoreLast October, the premiere of The Tender Bar. “Life is good.”

Affleck is also still suiting up as Batman, serving as the thread holding the DC movie galaxy together in at least one more film, plus he’s got a handful of projects lined up as an actor and/or producer, including an announced remake of Witness for the ProsecutionHe also directs that we be Here for.