Fug or Frrrowr the Fakeover: Ben Affleck


With gratitude to the member of Fug Nation who reminded me that these “for a role” makeovers should be called “fakeovers,” here is what Ben Affleck is up to lately:

No, he is not playing Barry Gibb, although I wish he were (and in fact, he and Jimmy Fallon really ought to have a Gibb-Off on Late Night). Apparently he’s in something called Argo, although I don’t know if the beard is in aid of that, or if he’s just having a Brian Wilson moment — and I don’t mean the kind way down in Kokomo. I’m more fascinated, generally, by the fact that his hair can even DO that. It reminds me of when he was dating HOLA LOVERS and everyone thought he got forehead plugs and started calling him Wigfleck. I seriously would not be surprised to learn he commissioned a downy toupee from the leftovers every time Bieber is shorn. You know, like when every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings? Every time Bieb’s clippers buzz, Affleck gets his bangs.

Even Violet is like, “But is it REALLY real? Like, what if I do this? If I pull on it right here? Will it come out? Will it move? How about this? Or this? What if I do this?”

Except the thing is… I mean, I find it kind of ridiculous on him, but I also secretly maybe don’t hate it. Is that crazy? I just might be a little tired of Slicked-Up Affleck, so Laid-Back Respected Director And Quasi-Hipster Affleck is sort of a nice change. Am I nuts? Do I need to apologize to myself?

Well?!?@?@?@@?

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  1. LG
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    Gah, beard, so hot. But I’m super biased. I even liked Kinsey on Mad Men.

    • Eliza Bennett
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      I love Kinsey too, there’s no shame in that. Well, maybe a little. But that last pic would cuteify anything, even a Katy Perry smurf wig.

  2. Carrie
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    That last picture is so adorable, he can do any damn thing he wants and I would approve because of it.

  3. Susannah
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    I too am a big fan of manly facial hair. Plus I just think the whole Garfleck tribe is friggin’ adorable.

  4. mj
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    He’s playing Dave Grohl in a Nirvava bio-pic. “Argo” is what the band members called Kurt when he dressed in his favorite Mr. Rogers cardi.

    • Emmy
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      Ha! I actually believed that, and went to look it up on imdb because it sounded interesting. Imagine my disappointment…

  5. Amy
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    YES to thick, dark hair & a short beard (please, no Brian Wilson)…. He looks too slick when he’s overgroomed. And that is truly one cute family!

  6. elle
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    I like a natural beard, it’s when they start all the clipping and shaping where I drop off.

  7. marie
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    i can never ever disapprove of anything he does, especially with that last picture of him and Violet…..

  8. mhorv4
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    I think it’s damn cute, it softens his jaw a bit. Maybe a bit cleaned up and with a bit shorter hair. Their kids are so adorable, but how could it be different with those genes.

  9. Simone
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    I can’t focus on anything but these adoreable children.

  10. Sajorina
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    Honestly, I’m not into facial hair, but as hot as he looked when he was dating Hola Lovers, I think that he did that just for her and THIS is the real Ben! And, I have to say… I kind of dig it! It’s manly, it’s rugged, it’s family man who brings home the bacon to mama Jen & the kiddies, it’s humble, it’s honest, it’s real (no Bieber bangs needed)!

  11. Jasmine
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    I like my Affleck like I like my men in real life– tall, hulking and a little bit shabby in the facial hair department. Also the entire clan makes my heart so happy, I can’t help but support pretty much anything this man does just because his kids are so effing cute.

  12. Emily
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    There’s a little too much on top, but I do kinda dig the beard. And when the whole family is so cute, and he’s so adorable with his girls, I don’t know if my judgment is what it would normally be. God they’re cute.

  13. Lynne
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    @mj, damn! You beat me to it. I was just coming here to point out how he could easily pass for Dave Grohl’s brother. I don’t hate this. Why don’t I hate this?

  14. Erika
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    The hair is maybe just a teensy bit long–but he looks damned cute. Love the t-shirt and jeans, and generally relaxed, happy look.

    • Erika
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      Then again, I lived in Portland in the early 90s and am I’m partial to that grunge loo if for no other reason than nostalgia… Now I’m getting all misty eyed thinking of Campbell Scott and Matt Damon in Singles…

      • Erika
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        Look. Grunge look. Don’t want to think about what a grunge loo would be like.

  15. sarah
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    I’m not not into this….

  16. Jenny Hutcherson
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    Hooooot. That is all.

  17. Sandra
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    Accessorizing with all his pretty ladies doesn’t hurt the overall effect AT ALL, but I’m kinda liking this anyway. He could stand to, you know, comb the hair, but one for the win column, for sure. And is that a baseball in his right hand? I hope he stands on Yawkey Way and chucks it through a window. And hits Larry Lucchino in the head.

  18. Fuh Ugh
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    I say give him a pass on his day off.

  19. Carolina Girl
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    That last picture makes me sad for all the things I missed with my father (cuz he’s an ass) and that the things my daughter is missing with her father (cus he’s an ass). So if Ben chooses to spend more time with his kids vs grooming, I say More Power To Him!

    • Sajorina
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      Awwww, I’m sure you’re both doing better without them! More Power To You!

  20. Amanda
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    Seriously, that last picture is bringing tears to my eyes. They all look great!

  21. gerri
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    Seriously, I think this is the sexiest he has ever looked.

  22. Groceries
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    Affleck and Grohl are both delicious side dishes poured into a dirty t-shirt and worn cords. I can’t resist!

  23. labyrinthine
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    yay! fakeover! thanks! :D

  24. Anne B
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    Thoughts:

    1) HE’S playing Dave Grohl?
    2) I’m sorry. They couldn’t get someone, you know, HOT?
    3) Stubble + normal haircut is sexy. That’s “The Off-Duty Hamm”.
    4) If it’s not for a role, this is what many of us ladies call “The Give-Up”. Add sweatpants to complete the look.
    5) Still, it’s better than Ben’s Fisher-Price Snap-On Haircut from HOLA! days of yore.

  25. Anne B
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    @Carolina Girl, uffda.

    And also, hugs. <3

  26. that girl
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    @ Erika I think you mean Matt Dylan, not Matt Damon. Although for a second there I had to think about it!

  27. yeahandalso
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    he has been wearing wigs for YEARS. Notice how there are no pictures of him growing out his hair from The Town into this, just all the sudden one day his hair was two inches longer. I’ve seen some on-set pictures, it is a 70′s period piece and when it is all done on set it looks more 70′s feathered and not better, but more acceptable because at least it is a style and not a mop

  28. Eve
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    According to IMDB, Argo is about the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, and Affleck’s character is named Tony Mendez. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1024648/

    That said, there seems to be sufficient interest here for a Grohl biopic… Hollywood, are you listening?

    • Carol Elaine
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      Far fetched as it sounds, ARGO is actually based on a true story. One of my close friends is one of the stand-ins. I kinda can’t wait until it’s released, because it’s the type of movie I love, even without my friend’s involvement.

      I’ve never been an Affleck booster, nor am I all that into facial hair these days, but I have to admit that he looks kinda hot in these photos.

  29. Isabel
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    Adorable, and I never thought I would say that of Ben Affleck, ever!I love a good head of hair in any man, and like this way better than the slicked-up version. Scruffy = hot! I would prefer the beard to be somewhat more trimmed, but it does a nice job softening his square jaw. Clean shaven, with this full mop, he would have an enormous head I think. And it would look somehow incongruous (as in wig).

  30. jenelope
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    He looks exactly like a guy I work with whose changes to our software cause me no end of additional work, so I’m not really a fan of the look. Or of the idea that I just compared Ben Affleck to a Midwestern software engineer.

  31. Mo
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    Now I just wish HOLA LOVERS had worn something fug worthy this weekend.

  32. Halo
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    Hot. When Affleck is scruffy, he’s sexy. When he’s all scrubbed and brushed, he looks like an obnoxious chipster. YMMV.

  33. Nicole McIlroy Steeves
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    Love it. Very Joy of Sex, 70′s style. Hot-cha.

    • Anna
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      Hahaha, hell yes! Discovering my older brother’s ‘Joy of Sex’ when I was young instilled in me a lifelong love of shaggy bearded men.

  34. julia
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    I’m sorry, I can’t talk about his hair because I’m too distracted by how grown-up and lovely Violet is! I’m pretty sure they are my favorite famous family. Thy seem so normal! If they ever break up I’ll actually give a shit. SO DON’T DO IT GUYS

  35. Ann
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    I love how the kids look like REAL KIDS! (*cough Will Smith clan cough*)

  36. vandalfan
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    Nah, and I Ioves me a beard. This is a wig and a few missed shaves.

  37. Andrew S.
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    This is exactly my kind’ve man. SEXY!

  38. Kelsey A
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    Just me or does he bear a weird resemblance to Tom Brady in these pictures?

  39. Rachel
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    I’ve never been one to swoon over Ben Affleck, but I am now.

  40. Kary
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    Hot! He looks like my favorite hot hipsters at my favorite brunch place here in Portland. All we need now is a plate of waffles and a bloody mary and we’ll be WELL within my comfort zone.

    Also, what Jasmine said.

  41. jean
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    I think he looks gorgeous with a beard. It softens his massive jaw. And the hair sort of matches the look. I wonder if this is Jason and the Argonauts? Argo was the ship. In which case, full beard makes perfect sense.

  42. Maria
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    I don’t care about the beard, but I think he looks great with the bangs. Whilst respecting him as an actor, I never got excited about his looks – but the bangs do make him look hot.

  43. Joanie
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    I think he actually looks better this way. And also, I wish Jennifer would put that younger daughter on the ground and make her walk for a change. Girl is always carrying the child! And if the poor thing can’t walk, put her in a stroller. What’s she gonna do when the new baby comes along? Garner can’t be haulin’ all that double adorableness all the damn time!

  44. M.Amanda
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    First, I also immediately thought he looked like Dave Grohl. For the record, I will happily watch any movie with Dave’s name attached. Bring on the biopic.

    Second, it warms my heart to see that their girls dress normal, like my own daughter does, and not in scaled down versions of whatever was just on the runway.

  45. Jeneric
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    I would just like to point out that no matter how scruffy he is, he is also clean! Dudes of Hollywood, nay, the WORLD, take note- you can be scruffy and still look like you showered in the past year! That said, I think he looks kind of cute.

  46. crystal
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    I hate beards, but he looks pretty hot.

  47. JanetP
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    Hubby has a beard, so I gotta love on that, but also a receding (okay, receded) hairline. Ben’s looking good here.

  48. Katie
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    Call me crazy but it is a bit reminiscent of Matthew Fox/Jack from Lost towards then end when he starts getting a bit nutty!

    Maybe that’s why we’re on board? Somehow it just works! xoxo

  49. Carmen
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    Love the hair, HATE the beard.