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Ben Affleck's brother 'taming ego'

Casey Affleck has joked about trying to keep his older brother Ben “humble” since his awards success.

The actor-and-director saw his political thriller Argo pick up three Academy Awards, including best film, at this year’s ceremony. Argo also claimed accolades at the BAFTAS, Golden Globes and SAG awards, much to Ben’s delight. Casey quips it has been difficult to keep his older sibling grounded since his winning streak.

“Oh, please. He’s taking humility lessons,” Casey laughed to New York Post. “Bad enough before, but now we’re all trying to teach the guy to be humble and affable but we’re finding it difficult.”

While claiming his brother has his head in the clouds, Casey insists he is far more down to earth.

The 37-year-old star has been married to Summer Phoenix – sister of actor Joaquin Phoenix – since 2006. They raise two sons together, nine-year-old Indiana and Atticus, five.

Casey loves nothing more than escaping the hectic buzz of Hollywood when he isn’t working. He enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with his family, looking after their menagerie of animals.

“Up crack of dawn. I’m a farmer,” he replied when asked what he does in his free time. “I feed pigs, tend to the chickens, pick vegetables, collect the children after school, then work with the animals.”

Casey is currently promoting Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, which recently premiered at BAM’s Harvey Theater in New York. The film also stars Rooney Mara, Ben Foster and Keith Carradine and follows an outlaw who escapes from prison and travels across the Texas hills to be reunited with his wife and the daughter he has never met.

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