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As director, Ben Affleck puts the froth far behind

Some actors grow up on camera. Ben Affleck appears to be growing up behind it.

Ten years ago, he was the pop-culture laughingstock of movies like “Pearl Harbor” and “Gigli,” derided for a very public relationship with Jennifer Lopez that sold millions of gossip magazines while inviting untold scorn. He had the swagger of a movie star, but it seemed unearned.

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