Ben Affleck is clean shaven and slimmed down in new charity video with Matt Damon

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have been in Ireland filming an historical fiction rape revenge movie. We know Ben is back in LA because he was recently photographed greeting Ana de Armas at the door of his house while wearing a shirt with the Cuban saying “asere ya, gracias” on it. I thought Ana was just about to move in with Ben. I guess that didn’t happen yet.

Ben and Matt have released a new video to benefit Matt’s charity Water.org and Ben’s charity The Eastern Congo initiative. That’s below. They’re auctioning off a chance to win a flight to LA and lunch with the two of them. I wish they would have emphasized that it will be distanced and masked. This video is otherwise cute and maybe they’re hoping lockdown will be over by then. I like how they rib each other. Ben says “come see Jason Bourne and Batman” and Matt responds “Robert Pattison will be there?

No, Jeremy Renner will though.” That part was pretty funny I have to admit. This video was recorded at least a week ago as Ben has almost a full beard in the photos of him with Ana yesterday. Ben looks very weird without a beard, like he’s plucked. I prefer him with facial hair and also a bit meatier. He’s an actor though and needs to lose and gain weight for his roles. He’s not at Christian Bale level in that department though. In the past he hasn’t always gotten it right.

Anyway welcome back Ben and I look forward to some thirsty photos with Ana. We’ve missed you guys and are sorry to have mocked you so much. Please go back to doing your thing so we can do that again.

Update: I asked my friend Rhiannon, who used to love Ben, for a quote on Ben’s new look. She writes “His face looks tighter than a dollar store Ken doll” and “I think he’s having a bad midlife crisis..” Karen says “he’s been in a midlife crisis for 10 years now.” (There’s more from Rhiannon on Ben in episodes 54 and 59 of our podcast!)

Here’s that video:

Look at them trying not to crack up, this is cute:
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  1. Snuffles says:

    I’ve always enjoyed their friendship. Glad they are still friends after being in such a tough industry.

  2. Tanesha86 says:

    Ben looks a good 10 years younger with no facial hair, I’m into it

  3. Abby says:

    Whoa Ben looks way way younger shaved and fit! I like Ben/Matt interactions.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      the two of them have such good chemistry; I’m sure a lot of that is because they’ve known each other for so long.

      but even when they were playing fallen “angels” in Dogma, their chemistry and back-and-forth was so good and so funny. the scene in the gun shop where they were discussing what Loki did at Sodom and Gomorrah is comedy gold.

  4. prissa0 says:

    “Plucked” LMAO!!!! I love that description – and yes he does. He looks healthy too and that’s really great.

  5. AnnaKist says:

    Wow. He looks really good, even though I like a bit of facial hair. I hope he stays healthy and off the grog. He makes really stupid choices when he’s on it. Eh, who doesn’t, though?

  6. Sunny says:

    Whatever he did to his eyes is so distracting it’s all I see anymore. Facelift? Botox on crows feet?

    • Bettyrose says:

      His upper lip doesn’t move when he talks. I’m guessing face lift.

      • Noodle says:

        I was just going to comment on his mouth. It could just be that the still photo was taken at just the wrong time, but he has Trump fish mouth here in these photos, especially that upper lip. Maybe the beard concealed it in the past.

    • E.D. says:

      I think it’s a combo of him losing weight and now his face looks super weird, especially around his mouth and the the new teeth he got way back when he became famous.
      I also think way too much Botox in the forehead and that’s why it now has that horrible shiny look.
      Dude looks better with a 3-day-growth on his mug but I am very happy to see him look fit and healthy.

    • clomo says:

      He looks very different to me too, his eyes look different, I have seen him unshaven in the past and it is not the missing facial hair. I wonder what he has done.

  7. My3cents says:

    Is that just weight loss, or did he do something? He just looks so different.

  8. OriginalLala says:

    That’s not just weight loss, he looks like he’s had some work done too. I’ve been wanting to get some treatments but a visit to the derm’s office seems like such a non-essential at this time

  9. Eenie Googles says:

    His forehead omg no

  10. LW says:

    I’ve always had a thing for affleck even though I know he’s messy at times. He’s lost too much weight. I like him with a little more scruff too.

    Hold up: I’m calling myself out. I remember once thinking Chadwick Boseman lost too much weight and told myself after he passed to quit judging that. So…..shame on me.

  11. souperkay says:

    I’ve had a thing for Ben since he was CT in Voyage of the Mimi so this is working for me. How often do you think Matt resents having to stand near Ben in real life, not a movie set where they would put Matt on apple boxes to match their eyelines?? A lot male actors are not especially tall, Ben is an exception and it must drive Matt crazy.

  12. whatWHAT? says:

    I’d rather have lunch with Robert Pattinson than either of these two.

    that said, I do like their friendship and how they rib each other. and Ben, IMO, looks good. I hope he’s staying healthy.

  13. Kcat says:

    Something is so weird about his mouth/jaw? Not sure what is going on.

  14. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    They’re both boneheads.

  15. Sass says:

    You cannot convince me that is Ben Affleck.

  16. Sunny says:

    Considering he’s such a heavy smoker, his skin looks suspiciously smooth, no?

  17. Astrid says:

    I didn’t even recognize Ben

  18. Green Desert says:

    “…tighter than a dollar store Ken doll” – CB, your friend Rhiannon sounds hilarious, that’s a great line. :)

    In all seriousness though, I hope that Ben has his demons under control. He seems happy with Ana, I hope they’re a good match.

  19. holly hobby says:

    He looks very weird in the Matt video. He looks more like himself in that picture with Ana. Fit but shlubby.

  20. Aa says:

    His forehead is full of wrinkles as he’s talking here so I think it’s the lack of facial hair that makes him look different

  21. Sarah says:

    I’m not sure I’d recognise him in the stills from the video!

  22. elle says:

    Something is weird/different. He looks like the love child of Ben Stiller and Lyle Lovett.

  23. Lena says:

    Surprised at people saying they think he looks good here. Maybe I’m just not into the Botoxed, face-lifted fake face shiny look. And he doesn’t look good/skinny. He looks unhealthy skinny.

    • MrsPanda says:

      I agree, he looks too gaunt and his cheeks are sunken. He looks ill to me too, hopefully it’s just from rapid weight loss/skin tightening procedures (& not from illness).

  24. Angie says:

    He looks ill, in my opinion!

  25. Bibi says:

    I dont mind him being plucked but that face needs a little bit of meat.
    You can alway ssee when someone has been loosing weight with a diet or they’re just slim. The meat/face fat isnt the same. skin looks thin and stretched with its diet I find. I also think Ben had a little facelift: check the jawline. the scar behind his ears is now probably gone so he could shave that beard off. he had that beard forever. Maybe that’s why he looks a little different. Compare his jawline to Matt, just beside. They shoudl look a little similar but they dont… hmmm
    what does “asere ya” mean? Couldnt find anything that made sense when I looked it up…

    • MangoAngelesque says:

      It’s a common greeting in Cuba, but doesn’t have a direct English translation. So I guess he was wearing it as a sweet “hello” gesture to Ana.

  26. Lisa says:

    That is not a good look

  27. Suz says:

    That’s what happens when you quit booze. Beyond less calorie intake, you eat better and you have more energy to be physically active. Weight loss happens. Good for Ben. It’s good for him, it’s good for his kiddos.

  28. Venus says:

    I’m East Asian and among Canto/Mandarin speakers there’s a term, homsuplo (pervy/sleazy), that fits Ben Affleck, in my eyes, perfectly. Anyway, Matt Damon is a really good actor and it’s always nice to see these lifelong friendships in somewhere as superficial and cutthroat as HW. That’s all I got.

  29. Carolnr says:

    Nice to see Ben & Matt together making fun of each other!
    I like Ben better with major scruff or full on beard then clean- shaven. The beard fills out his face better.
    Hopefully, Ben lost all this weight for a movie role only! He is too thin & looks so much better with a little meat on his bones!
    I watched the Way Back the other night & that puts in perspective how much weight Ben has lost!