Ben Affleck started out like many actors do. He paid his first dues with forgotten fare no one remembers, and since it was the '80s, he even popped up in an Afterschool Special. But once the '90s hit, everything changed. (Well, they changed after his involvement in Danielle Steel's 'Daddy' in 1991.) He grabbed a role in School Ties, and then made himself the loathed butt-beater Fred O'Bannion in Dazed and Confused. Within a few years he joined the View Askewniverse for Mallrats, Chasing Amy, and Dogma, co-wrote and co-starred with long-time friend Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting, which earned him an Oscar, starred in the blockbuster Armageddon, and even found a loyal cult following with Phantoms (alongside one Peter O'Toole no less).

Once we entered the new millennium, it was easy to imagine a successful future career where drama still intermingled with comedy and silliness. But then "Bennifer" descended, and Ben's career quickly spiraled downward with the media attention, the oft-derided Gigli, and Jersey Girl, the unfortunate piece of road kill in the media drama. As the brunt of all jokes, it looked like Affleck was destined for a long and struggling career in B movies, waiting for that creme de la creme director to rediscover him.

But then he went on Saturday Night Live.
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