The Argo actor and director, who is tipped for Oscar glory next year, has revealed he can’t bare to watch the hugely popular series Homeland starring Emmy-award winner Claire Danes because he was originally supposed to direct it, but was forced to turn down the opportunity.
The 40-year-old actor revealed he was asked to direct the pilot of the hit Showtime series, but turned the project down to spend quality time with his young family. Affleck and his wife Jennifer Garner, who was shooting a movie at the time the Homeland pilot was made, have an agreement that only one spouse can work at a time.
Affleck told The Hollywood Reporter “I was sure nothing would happen with the show. Now I hate the [f**king] show. I’ve never seen it.”
The father-of-three said he doesn’t plan on making the same mistake twice and will jump at the opportunity to direct the right TV show in the future. He joked “I’m going to attach myself to 14 pilots this year.”
The actor, who has been married to Butter actress Jennifer Garner for more than seven years and has three children Violet, six, Seraphina, three and eight-month-old Samuel, was honoured with a career achievement award at the Casting Society of America’s 2012 Artois Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Monday night.
His critically acclaimed movie Argo finally hit No. 1 at the US box office this past weekend and is tipped to sweep a number of prestigious awards worldwide next year. Homeland recently enjoyed a series high of 2.07 million viewers in the US last Sunday night.
You can’t win ‘em all, Ben.