Ben Affleck's main priority is to protect his family.
The actor revealed in an interview with Playboy that he had a terrifying run-in with a paparazzo involving his two daughters, Serafina and Violet.
"It's wrong and disgusting to follow children around and take their picture and sell it for money. It makes the kids less safe," he told the magazine. "They used to take pictures of our children coming out of preschool, and so this stalker who had threatened to kill me, my wife and our kids showed up at the school and got arrested…there are real practical dangers to this."
When asked how close the stalker got, Affleck answered, "He was in the pack of paparazzi. They didn't know he was a guy who was threatening to murder our family. That makes me angry. It's a safety thing, and there's also a sanity thing."
The actor continued, "My kids aren't celebrities. They never made that bargain. We were offered a lot of money to sell pictures of our kids when they were born. You'll notice there aren't any. I make no judgment about people who decide differently…but for me it was a matter of principle."
The Oscar winner also shared that his children are frightened by the photographers who follow them on a daily basis.
"As their father it's my job to protect them from that stuff. I try my very best, and sometimes I'm successful. The tragic thing is, people who see pictures naturally think it's sweet. They don't see the gigantic former gang member with a huge lens standing over a four-year-old and screaming to get the kid's attention," Affleck explained.
"The kids are always looking down because they're freaked out and scared of these people. And so they yell. Which is fine if you're Lindsay Lohan coming out of a club, or me or any adult. With kids it's tasteless at best."