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BEN AFFLECK (Gavin Banek) will next be seen starring in Paramount's "The Sum of All Fears," following in the steps of Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford in bringing to life the Tom Clancy hero Jack Ryan. He has completed production on Martin Brest's "Gigli" starring opposite Jennifer Lopez.

Affleck recently partnered with Matt Damon, Chris Moore and Sean Bailey to form LivePlanet, Inc. Their first endeavor, "Project Greenlight," aired on HBO and drew critical raves for its behind-the-scenes look at the challenges faced by a first-time filmmaker, chosen from an internet screenwriting contest to make his feature film debut. Affleck and Bailey also co-wrote the interactive drama/reality hybrid pilot "Push, Nevada," which was recently greenlit by ABC. Five additional scripts of "Push, Nevada" have been ordered; the show will be produced by Touchstone Television and LivePlanet.

Affleck came to prominence in Kevin Smith's comedy Chasing Amy. He captured an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe Award in 1998 for his script, "Good Will Hunting," which he co-wrote with Damon. He segued into big-budget action with "Armageddon," and was among the ensemble cast of the Academy Award®-winning "Shakespeare in Love." Affleck went on to star in the romantic comedy "Forces of Nature" the fantastical comedy "Dogma," the Wall Street drama "Boiler Room" the suspense thriller "Reindeer Games" the romantic drama ''Bounce'' and the epic ''Pearl Harbor.'' His other film credits include ''Going All the Way," "Mall Rats," "Cruz," "Dazed and Confused" and "School Ties."

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