Belfast Telegraph

Ben Affleck rules out a political future

Ben Affleck claims Donald Trump used to force directors to give him film cameos.

Ben Affleck will never enter politics because he feels it has become corrupted by money.

The 44-year-old actor has a history of political activism, having campaigned and fundraised for candidates from America's Democratic Party including presidential candidates Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama.

Ben's involvement with political campaigning, as well as his outspoken appearances on U.S. current affairs shows including a regular slot on Real Time with Bill Maher, have led to speculation he may stand for election himself.

However the Gone Girl star has ruled out running for office, as he finds the huge sums of money candidates are forced to raise distasteful.

"I really wouldn't want to (run for office)," he told The Guardian newspaper. "It's not because I think being a public servant wouldn't be satisfying, but it's become a pure money-raising exercise from beginning to end. It's small talk with people who you want to squeeze money out of. It's sleazy. You have to have a certain tolerance to that kind of schmooze that I don't have."

As a Democrat, Ben is unenthusiastic about the prospect of Republican Donald Trump becoming U.S. president later this month (Jan17).

The actor also has a personal dislike of America's President-elect, as he claims the property mogul used to strong-arm directors into giving him film cameos.

"I met him (Donald Trump) once at a Fashion Week event in Milan," Ben revealed. "You knew you were at a cheesy party if Donald Trump was there. He would kind of trawl around them. He was famous for only granting permission for films to shoot on his real estate locations if they put him in as a cameo."

Donald Trump will become America's 45th president on 20 January (17).

© Cover Media

Belfast Telegraph Digital


From Belfast Telegraph