Ben Affleck's Most Awkward Smiles: See That One in Gone Girl and 9 From Real Life

Actor tends to maintain a neutral pose at public events, but when he doesn't, you can't look away

By Corinne Heller Oct 02, 2014 9:47 PMTags
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In addition to an, ahem, never-before-seen part of himself, Ben Affleck showcases his best Ben Affleck smile in the new film Gone Girl, which helped land him the leading male role.

The thriller contains a scene that shows the 42-year-old two-time Oscar winner's character, Nick Dunne, smiling awkwardly as he addresses the public about the disappearance of his wife, played by Rosamund Pike. Director David Fincher had told Playboy in an interview published in September that when casting the actor's role, a Google Images search showed him that Affleck had the smile he was looking for.

Gone Girl is set for release on Friday, Oct. 3.

READ: Gone Girl review roundup: Critics (mostly) like Ben Affleck thriller, but is it "misogynistic"?

Affleck, who is often followed by the paparazzi, especially when he is with wife Jennifer Garner and their family, tends to maintains a neutral expression at celebrity events or in other public situations.

So do many actors—and many men in general, which, apparently, is great for their love lives. A 2011 Canadian study found women are most attracted to men who look proud, powerful, moody or even ashamed and found those who appear happy least appealing. (The complete opposite was found to be true regarding male attraction towards, everybody, start updating those dating profiles!)

But man, when Affleck smiles, you just can't look away.

Check out nine of the actor's most awkward smiles seen in public.

1. The "Super-Pumped to Be Pumping Gas" Smile

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(Affleck smiles as he tends to his '66 Chevy Chevelle SS at a gas station in Los Angeles on May 7, 2014.)

2. The "Glenn Close May or May Not Be Touching My Butt" Smile

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(Affleck smiles as he walks with Glenn Close and Garner on the way to the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in West Hollywood on March 2, 2014.)

3. ...Yep.


4. The "Stay Cool, Man, Don't Get Lost in His Eyes" Smile

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(Affleck appears with Jared Leto at the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Jan. 18, 2014.)

5. Too late.

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6. The "I'm F--king Jimmy Kimmel" Smile

(Remember this glorious, star-studded moment in pop culture history? Skip to 2:18. Stay for Brad Pitt and Josh Groban.)

7. The "Sharing an Oscar and Prize for Best Facial Hair" Smile

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(Affleck and George Clooney pose at the 2013 Oscars in Hollywood, California on Feb. 24, 2013. They both won for Best Picture for Argo, which Affleck directed and Clooney co-produced. Affleck won his first Oscar in 1998, sharing the prize for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen with Matt Damon for their movie Good Will Hunting. Clooney won his first Academy Award in 2006 for his supporting role in Syriana.)

8. The "How Do You Like Them Apples?" Smile

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(Affleck and Damon pose In the press room with their Best Screenplay Oscar for Good Will Hunting at the 1998 Oscars on March 23, 1998.)

9. The "But Nothing Can Beat These Smiles" Smile

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(Affleck and Damon pose with their Golden Globe awards for Best Screenplay for Good Will Hunting at the 1998 Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 18, 1998.)