Fortunately for you, I've read the interview, so you don't have to. Here's everything you need to know about the State of the Ben, as cherry-picked from the pages you'll now never have to see:
1. Ben is modest.
I guess I just thought, Ive seen it done enough, he says of directing... "Im a writer. An amateur photographer. An actor."
2. Ben is desperate.
I got a really nice e-mail from him saying how much he wanted me to do it, says [Ed] Harris... You could tell immediately how important the film was to him... I like people who have something at stake when they work.... Its pretty simple, [Affleck] says... If people dont go see it, Im fucked.
3. Ben's dog has the shits.
Add to that the fact that his German shepherd, Hutch, got into a container of Metamucil this morning and sprayed diarrhea all over his Brentwood homeand you have one run-down 35-year-old man.
4. Did I mention he's modest?
Listen, he rasps, shaking an empty oyster shell in the air for effect. Ive gone out and directed a movie and made it really fucking good.
5. Ben has an awesome home life.
That other thing is [daughter] Violet, currently exhaling tiny snot bubbles a few miles away. And Garner, his wife. And a home, be it or be it not covered in dog shit.
6. Ben can see into the future.
"I mean, a shitty movie comes out on 2,800 screens?" Affleck says. "Ive been there and its embarrassing.