Ben Affleck Turns 40: What He's Doing These Days

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Ben Affleck Turns 40: What He's Doing These Days
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Happy birthday, Ben Affleck! The actor will celebrate the big 4-0 on August 15, if you can believe it. The married father of three first came on our radar screens back in 1995 with "Mallrats," "Chasing Amy" and later, "Good Will Hunting."

Since then, we've watched him go from Jennifer Lopez and "Gigli" to his current project, the gritty political thriller "Argo." What else is he up to these days?

More Babies?

Affleck and wife Jennifer Garner welcomed their third child - a boy, Samuel - into the world back in February. Apparently he wants to even out the genders, because Garner says he does want another child.

"The fact that Ben wants another IS true…" she told Extra while promoting her new film "Timothy Green." "I can tell you that would be a pretty uphill battle with me. I am not anticipating having any more kids!"

Apparently Affleck is quite the domestic dad, too: He did all the housework while Garner went back to work.

"Ben took a break, he came, he did the school drop-offs and pick-ups and bedtimes," she added.

All together now: Awww!

More Directing?

"The Dark Knight Rises" director Christopher Nolan squashed rumors that he would return to the Batman franchise to direct "Justice League." So, that left only one viable option, according to Variety: Affleck.

Wait, what? Yep, apparently he's the only person approached to direct the film, according to the industry publication, because he's "ascended high on the studio's list of filmmakers who can be trusted with prime properties" and that he is "expected to discuss the project with studio brass in the coming days."

The question is whether or not Affleck will take on the film. Some publications have said he's already said no to it, while others say he hasn't decided. Stay tuned.

Presenting at the Do Something Awards

Affleck has been pretty involved in philanthropic causes over the past few years, including work with his own Congo-based charity Eastern Congo Initiative. Now, Affleck's rewarding someone else for their good work: He presented a $100,000 award during the Do Something Awards Sunday night in Santa Monica, Calif. The awards will air on VH1 on Aug. 21.

Why is giving back so important for him?

"…Ultimately these aren't just causes - they're humans beings who need our help," he told Good Housekeeping of why he does the work.

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