Like a fine wine, Ben Affleck keeps getting better with age!

The 40-year-old Argo star and director is embracing the wisdom and confidence that's come from his many years in the movie business. On Monday at the National Board of Review Awards in NYC, Affleck told E! News why he finally feels like he's able to enjoy his success.

"I think I'm at the point now where I just got older," he said with a smile. "I've got a little gray hair. You develop a perspective. I've been doing this a long time—I've been doing this since I was a kid…I learned a lot of bad lessons and ran into a lot of bad ends, and finally I just got to a point in my life where I thought, 'I'm just going to do what I want to do and express myself as a director and an actor' and hope for the best, but not worry too much about what other people say."

Affleck is looking forward to taking his wife, Jennifer Garner, to awards shows this season. He said that while Violet, Seraphina and baby Samuel "are a little young" to realize where mom and dad are going, "they know, like, the idea that we're going on a date, but they don't know that we're doing a show where they give awards out and that kind of thing."

Listen up, kids: You've got really cool parents.

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