Ben Affleck covers Entertainment Weekly's Entertainer of the Year issue, and not surprisingly, the Argo actor/director has been honored with the title this year.
Despite the critical and commercial success of the film, Ben had his doubts before it hit theaters. "I had very low expectations for Argo‘s performance," he tells EW. "I just hoped that over time people would find the movie. Also, being at a place in my life and my career where I know what I’m trying to do, it’s different than being 26. When you’re younger and have the early success that I had — it sounds like the worst Hallmark cliche — but I didn’t have anyone to share it with. I don’t mean I wanted someone to sit by the fire with. But when you have a family and children, you kind of see yourself reflected in them. I want to make the kinds of movies that my kids are proud of. I have higher standards, in a way, for them.”
So what about the shaggy hair and beard he sported for the film? It definitely wasn't hit with his family! “My wife [Jennifer Garner] is a very polite and kind woman. She and the kids did not like the beard. It had an exposed wire vibe. It was hated in my home.”