As political rumors swirl, EW asks: What does Ben really stand for?

By EW Staff
Updated April 25, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT
Credit: Ben Affleck: Laura Rauch/AP Wide World

Scott Brown and Brian M. Raftery

Arnold Schwarzenegger had better hurry with that proposed bid for California governor: He may face competition from Ben Affleck. Perhaps emboldened by his military service in ”Pearl Harbor,” the future Jack Ryan hints at his congressional ambitions in May’s GQ. We skimmed through Affleck’s oeuvre to pin down his political agenda.

”If you’re watching pornos in my mom’s room again, I’m gonna give you a f—ing beating!” (”Good Will Hunting”)
IMPLICATION Giuliani-esque crackdown on smut

”Then you may remain, so long as you remain silent.” (”Shakespeare in Love”)
IMPLICATION Don’t ask, don’t tell.

”I had better sex in prison.” (”Reindeer Games”)
IMPLICATION Backs penal reform

”Anybody who tells you money is the root of all evil doesn’t f—ing have it.” (”Boiler Room”)
IMPLICATION Likely Republican