Ben Affleck may be one of the most celebrated people in Hollywood, but that doesn't mean he wants his and Jennifer Garner's kids to go into show business.

"I would do whatever I could to discourage that," the Argo director and star told me last night at the Producers Guild of America Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. "My kids have enough issues of being exposed in ways that I don't want them to be exposed, in magazines and shows and stuff."

Daughter Violet is seven years old, Seraphina is four and their third, son Samuel, turns 1 on Feb. 27.

Jennifer Garner, Samuel Affleck


When they get older, it may be another story. "You know, if you're interested in drama, there's great theater classes and stuff and that's what's appropriate," Affeck said.

And even if Affleck doesn't bring his kids along to the many awards shows he's been honored at over the last couple of weeks or so, they're definitely with him in spirit. The little ones started a tradition earlier this month just before the Critics Choice Movie Awards of writing on their dad's hands for good luck.

After showing the doodles on his hands last night, Affleck said he wasn't sure if this would continue to be a regular thing. "Probably not all the time," he laughed. "They might get tired of it. They're just doing it all day long."

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