Before They Were Stars: 14-Year Old Ben Affleck in “Hands of a Stranger”

Yesterday, I published a “Before They Were Stars”-themed article at Cracked.com and one of the entries on my list was Ben Affleck’s infamous after-school special from the early nineties in which he played a football player suffering massive roid rage. So today, I thought I’d delve further back and feature an early Ben Affleck role from when he was only 14 years old. Hands of a Stranger was a two-part made-for-TV movie from 1987 about a cop who seeks revenge for the rape of his wife. Four minutes into the movie, you’ll see young Affleck as the couple’s teenage son. One particularly amusing detail here is how immediately after Affleck appears, a credit pops up onscreen for an art director named “Michael Bolton”. I’m sure he eventually became as bitter as the Michael Bolton from Office Space once the singer got famous.

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