Bill Simmons’ new show, Any Given Wednesday, recently premiered on HBO with guests Charles Barkley and Ben Affleck. While the Chuckster always makes for a great interview, the #HustleGem comes from Ben, who sheds light on his career low-point and successfully making the improbable Hollywood comeback.

 

Accepting the Best Picture Oscar for Argo in 2012. Ben starred and directed the film.
Accepting the Best Picture Oscar for Argo in 2012. Ben starred in and directed the film

@ 18:13: “If you gauged the future success of everything by whether or not people were skeptical of it initially, I think you’d find that probably there is some correlation to big success and having a bunch of people go ‘That’s probably not going to work’.”

Behind the camera during the filming of Argo (2012)

@19:42: “I thought if I’m going to fail, I’m not gonna fail for lack of hard work. And that became my mantra, ‘I’m just going to work harder than everybody else’.

The two childhood friends burst onto the Hollywood scene and shocked the world after winning the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting in 1996