Ben Affleck is named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive. I could have told you that, says fiancee J. Lo, who says the 30-year-old actor will still be the sexiest when he's 100

By Gary Susman
Updated November 22, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST
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People magazine named Ben Affleck this year’s Sexiest Man Alive, which may come as a surprise to some readers, but not to the ”Sum of All Fears” star’s new fiancée. ”I didn’t need People magazine to tell me he’s the sexiest man alive,” Jennifer Lopez told the publication.” The difference between me and People magazine is that he’ll still be the sexiest man alive in my eyes when he’s 100 years old.”

The article also includes testimonials from Affleck’s ”Daredevil” costar Jennifer Garner, frequent director Kevin Smith (who saw Lopez and Affleck’s romance blossom on the set of ”Jersey Girl”), buddy Matt Damon, and mom Chris Affleck, who says the boyish 30-year-old has matured a lot recently. ”It’s no longer ‘I’m in love, but I’m young,”’ she says of her son’s attitude. ”It’s ‘I want to make a life now, I’m ready for this.” She also puts to rest rumors that she doesn’t approve of her son’s engagement to the not-quite-divorced Lopez. ”She’s just a lovely person,” mama Affleck says. ”She’s very connected to her family. She’s very warm. She’s like the ideal daughter-in-law.” She adds, ”I want grandchildren.”

Affleck follows Pierce Brosnan, last year’s choice as Sexiest Man Alive, and such previous winners as Brad Pitt and George Clooney. Other sex gods People unearthed this year include Enrique Iglesias, Tom Cruise, Kiefer Sutherland, Hugh Grant, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. (Well, power is an aphrodisiac, Henry Kissinger used to say.) The hunk-a-thon can be found at People’s website.

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