Ben Affleck detours back to directing with ‘The Town’

There are no second acts in American lives, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote. He obviously didn't know Ben Affleck.

Once whirling at the center of a tabloid-media hurricane, reveling in a high life that Gatsby himself would have envied, Affleck rode fame's rocket from its heights (a screenwriting Oscar at age 25 for Good Will Hunting, an engagement to Jennifer Lopez) to its inevitable splash-down (flops like Gigli and a breakup with J. Lo).

End of Act 1.

"That's about when I realized I didn't want to be the guy in the tabs. So I changed my life," the stubble-faced star says, sitting down for a bit of breakfast at lunchtime in his restaurant of choice, a retro diner where the waitresses actually are waitresses, not models handing out head shots.

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