Career Peak – The point in an actor, actress or director’s career when they have given their best performance, reaching a point they will probably never match again!
The idea is to examine a persons film or television career and decide when their career peak was; the moment that they gave their best performance or produced their best work. This could be with their first movie; it could also be yet to come. Its designed to spark friendly debate too so if you don’t agree (or do, which would also be good) then feel free to add your suggestions below.
The reason for choosing Ben Affleck’s career to examine is a pretty obvious one. I’m a huge Batman fan and with him now joining the mixed bag of actors that have donned the cape and cowl, I thought it was a solid choice for my next career under the microscope. While I can’t say I’ve seen every Ben Affleck film, I’ve seen the biggest and most notable.
Ben Affleck – Career Peak: Argo
Looking back at Ben Affleck’s career, this is one of the easiest choices to make. If you actually examine the movies he made from when he seemed to launch his career into mainstream, Hollywood stardom with Good Will Hunting in 1997, Affleck has seemingly cruised through generic movie roles.
He has tried his hand at everything, from action hero, in movies like Paycheck, Armageddon and The Sum of All Fears, comedy actor, in Dogma, Mallrats and Surviving Christmas, and has even had a stab at a superhero with Daredevil. None of these movies are particularly awful, they just don’t stand-out or remain distinctive in anyones movie career.
Of course, Affleck has also had his career flops as well. There is no getting away from Gigli, which following soon after Daredevil, managed to put his career into a nosedive. To his credit though, Affleck has crawled, fought and managed to put himself back on top.
The Career Peak series isn’t necessarily just for acting and Affleck has shown he has a keen eye as a director which is why I put Argo just ahead of one of my favourite Affleck movies, The Town. In Argo, he puts in a solid, well-acted performance but also directs good enough to earn him the Best Picture award at this year’s Oscars. He is demonstrating that given a taut, well-layered script, he can turn it into a slick, well-delivered movie.
It’s probably a bit much to say that he has already reached his career peak, especially when he is almost definitely going on to direct more movies of the same style as both Argo and The Town but he is also about to tie himself into a huge franchise. Though it’s not as big (or as good, yet) as Marvel’s movie universe, DC and Justice League could well eclipse and take up all of Affleck’s time, meaning that his directing (or acting in his own movies) may begin to take a back seat.
Overall, Ben Affleck’s story is an impressive rise, fall and rise higher tale. He has made a lot of forgettable, popcorn movies that kept his status at “movie star,” bombed with a couple that lowered it to “untouchable” but has now resurrected his career to the point of “Hollywood great.” Unfortunately, that is as a director, not necessarily an actor so as he takes on Batman, I think he may have just reached his career peak.