Ben Affleck admits he dyes his hair, explains how he got so gray

Ben with grayer hair on set on 10/8/09. He admits to dyeing it black.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to see The Town when it opens here in Germany next week. You guys in the US get it tomorrow so please don’t go posting spoilers in the comments on this or any other stories on it. You’ve been warned! At least we don’t have to wait over a month here to see the film as is usual for European showings, and I appreciate that. It looks like one of those gems that has it all: hard-hitting believable drama, gritty realistic crime action and beautiful guys to stare at. (The Departed is near the top of my list for that reason.) Affleck’s directorial efforts are earning praise and the film has a solid 85% on Rotten Tomatoes. Anyway people have noticed during the promotional tour that Affleck is sporting some gray hair along with his hot facial scruff and those washboard abs we get to see in the trailer. (At 1:03) He’s been asked about it and he has a sense of humor, explaining that he got it from directing and from his brother, Casey.

Was it tricky directing Bahstin taahk?
If you don’t do the accent well, it can really upend your movie. So you have to hire really good actors. I knew Jeremy Renner is great, so I wasn’t worried. And when [California-bred] Blake Lively came in, she read the scenes for me so well, I asked her what part of Boston she was from.

Any plans to work with your wife?
Jen is a great actress. I would be profoundly lucky to work with her. But something tells me that people don’t want to see real-life couples together at the movies.

What’s up with the gray hair?
It’s there, it’s present. I can acknowledge it! I didn’t have a single gray hair until I started directing movies. It gives you gray hair. That and my brother.

Just how real is Casey’s documentary, I’m Still Here?
Well [pauses and laughs], I’m not the best person to ask. All I can say is, I think it’s spectacular and says something really relevant about celebrity.

[From US Weekly, print edition, September 27, 2010]

Cinemablend and Buzzine have the details from a press conference Ben gave at the Toronto Film Festival, and it’s clear that’s where these quotes are from and that it wasn’t just an interview he gave to US Weekly. (only Cinemablend admits it was a press conference, Buzzine tries to pass it off as a one-on-one interview like US does, but it’s obviously not as the wording is the exact same.) In the full quote that US excerpts above, he admitted dying his hair for the film. “You’re asking why I dyed the gray? I thought it would look good. Vanity. I have a little bit of gray in my hair, yes. Thank you. It’s there, it’s present. I acknowledge it. Thank you. You know what it is? I didn’t have a single gray hair until I started directing movies. I started directing movies, and… here’s your gray hair. And my brother. Those things give me gray hair..”

The full quote from Ben on potentially working with Garner is in Buzzine, and it’s very complimentary toward her and much nicer than it sounds when it’s just excerpted like this. He said “My wife is a great actress, and I would be profoundly lucky to work with her. Something tells me that people don’t want to see real-life couples together in film. If I could pick a woman to work with, it would be my wife. She’s magnificent. She’s magnificent on her own, in her own movies, and maybe one day I’ll be lucky enough to direct her.” That’s really nice! I hope these two are doing ok, and that the rumors are just that. It must be hard to manage two jet-setting careers and raise two kids together, even with all the help they surely have. Now let’s get back to anticipating this film, as it just looks incredible.

Here’s Ben with grayer hair with Seraphina on 6/12/10 and with darker hair at the Boston premiere on 9/14/10. I think he looks hotter with darker hair, but I’ll take him either way. I think he’s back to heartthrob status. Credit:






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  1. jen says:

    he is not cute, beautiful or hot.

  2. gloaming says:

    He is cute, beautiful and hot.


    edit- If only he’d quit spray tanning.

  3. Malorie says:

    Agree with Jen: He is not cute, beautiful or hot.


  4. Lee says:

    Not feeling the love with him either.

  5. Fluffy Kitten Tail says:

    A bit off topic- JON HAMM IS ON THE TODAY SHOW!!!!


    Okay, back to your regular programming!

  6. mln says:

    He is a jerk I am sorry, but I have never liked him even before the JLo debacle he just seems to be a concieted douche that being said he has real talent and I fully intend to see the Town. BTW I hate to say someone is definitely cheating on their wife but I will say that it wouldn’t surprise me if the rumours were true.

  7. serena says:

    She’s Violet not Seraphina!

    Anyway it’s so strange to see him with gray hair.. XD

  8. Kitten says:

    I’ll always like Ben Affleck. He still spends a lot of time in Boston and when he does, he treats the locals with kindness and humility, with none of the Hollywood pretentiousness one would expect. He’s just a chill guy.
    @C/B-I won’t spoil any of The Town for you but it is intense and if you like BA, this will definitely satisfy your crush! :)

  9. dread pirate cuervo says:

    I love grey on a man. Looks good on Ben. Being in the Kevin Smith stable “almost” makes up for him being a Red Sox fan.

  10. johnny says:

    He’s plainly attractive. I wouldn’t call him hot, cute or gorgeous. He and Jennifer Garner seem like a really boring couple. bleh.

  11. P.J. says:

    I think he’s tall, dark and handsome in a classic movie star way. But it might turn out that he’s a better director than actor.

  12. Cam says:

    The hotness is back! .
    And yes, PLEASE PLEASE dont post spoilers. Anyway I don’t think it will even be released here in South America, but I’m seeing it one way or another, it’s a MUST.

  13. DeanJolie says:

    meh. doesn’t do it for me but i see the appeal. that little girl is super cute. looks just like jen but softer.

  14. Macheath says:

    He’s got one heck of a long face.

  15. Lisa S. says:

    I think he’s cute.. he’s not my boyfriend Johnny Depp or my secret lover Gerard but he’s cute enough..

  16. Tazina says:

    I think he’s a handsome man. He’s a good dad and that makes him even more attractive.

  17. Atticus says:

    Gone Baby Gone is one of the best movies I’ve seen. Seems like Ben’s forte is directing and it’s good to see him have such great success with it.

    I like him way more than I did in his Paltrow and J Lo days. He seems pretty down to earth.

  18. Bodhi says:

    I think he is HAWT, hair dye or not! And being from Boston only makes him hawter!!

  19. xxodettexx says:

    yeah, he is aging gorgeously… but that is not seraphina, that is violet!!

  20. jc126 says:

    I wish I could like him, since he’s from Boston and all, but everyone I know who knows him says he’s a total douche.
    But premature gray SUCKS, believe me.

  21. Scarlet Vixen says:

    I think a little gray can be really sexy on men. It’s better than a receding hairline. :-)

  22. womanfromthenorth says:

    I think he is cute and will age gracefully(SP?) He reminds me of Eastwood in many ways.

  23. Lisa S, S.? says:

    Wow there are TWO Lisa S.’s now? Well this Lisa S. thinks Ben is cute, but only cute. But dear lord did you see the Ryan Gosling pics from TIFF? Top of my list now! Swoon!!

  24. Lisa St. says:

    Lisa S, I will go by Lisa St from now on.. and Johnny is still my boyfriend.. Yes, Ryan is gorgeous…

  25. Madison says:

    Ben a hearthrob? yeah maybe after a bottle of vodka. The problem with Gigli wasn’t that is was a movie with actors who were a real life couple, because that means that Mr and Mrs Smith would have bombed at the box office too, it didn’t. Gigli was an awful script, awful movie, bad acting, suck it up Ben and take responsibility for your bad movie choices.

  26. Rin says:

    I think he’s hot, but it’s rather besides the point. Hot guys are a dime a dozen. Its charisma which makes a man sexy. For example, Ray Stevenson as Titus Pullo = super king kamehameha hot. Ray Stevenson in the Punisher, not so hot. Same guy, one with charisma, one without.

    Ben Affleck hasn’t shown any of the charisma IRL which would make him someone to swoon over, but then again…he is from New England and they tend to be more reserved, I think…

  27. northern_lass says:

    Not sure if someone already mentioned this, but he’s with Violet in the “grayer” picture, not Seraphina :) She’s still a wee babe.

  28. maria says:

    I love her little pink Tretorns!

  29. locamochagirl says:

    OMG, SO HOT. And I LOVE him with Jennifer Garner. I hope they make it and don’t break up!

  30. LP says:

    When did he turn into Ben Stiller?!

  31. Premature and rapid unset graying isn’t natural its environmental. It’s stress induced so why shouldn’t he do something about it? if your grey hair has nothing to do with getting older and everything to do with your lifestyle such as stress, where you live and a bunch of other factors what’s wrong with correcting it by whatever means necessary?