Ben Affleck is super rich and important with a luxurious beard, but for a staggering 5 days, Mr. Affleck is going to live on only $1.50 a day. It’s part of a social awareness campaign. From TIME Magazine:
Live Below the Line bills itself as “a campaign that’s challenging the way people in the U.S. think about poverty — and making a huge difference.” The group’s Facebook page recently announced that Ben Affleck would be participating in this year’s Live Below the Line challenge, which requires participants to feed themselves on no more than $1.50 per day for five days next week, from April 29 to May 3.
The purpose of the challenge is to open eyes up to the reality that 1.4 billion of our fellow human beings on earth live below the extreme poverty line, currently estimated by the World Bank to be the equivalent of roughly $1.50 per day in the U.S.
Last year, more than 15,000 people participated in the challenge, raising over $3 million in the process. More than 20,000 people are expected to participate this year, and Affleck is not the only celebrity on board.
Josh Groban is also doing this, and for his second year. He says the first time he did it, it was so inspiring that he wrote a song about the whole thing:
I wanted to capture this in “Below the Line”, which was inspired by this experience. It’s amazing how much we take for granted not having to live in hunger, and I am honored to have been asked to help spread the word about this eye-opening campaign again this year.
Good for you, buddy.
Here are the rules:
Your total five-day food bill shouldn’t go over $7.50, and you’re not supposed to rummage through the pantry for snacks, unless you factor how much the items cost into your total. Drinking lots of tap water is advised, and there’s no need to calculate how much it costs or add that into your budget.
Produce from your backyard garden is fair game, though complicated: “You can use food sourced from your garden as long as you can account for the price of production!”
So if someone asks, “Hey, Ben, can we grab you a latte?” can he say yes? Does he have to decline every offer for anything? Does he have to give up his assistant for those 5 days? What about the Internet? Does he have to factor in the cost of the monthly cable bill for 5 days? Is he just going to chill out and do nothing for those 5 days? And how does any of this raise money? I am so confused. Clearly.
April 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are one of the best Hollywood couples, as you know, so it’s no surprise that even their approach to parenting is cute (as are their kids)! After a hectic few years of making movies and winning Oscars and whatnot – you know, your everyday activities – Ben is taking a well-deserved break while his wife’s schedule gets a bit busier and will be looking after 7-year-old Violet, 4-year-old Seraphina and 1-year-old Samuel full time. Go, Mr. Mom!
“Jennifer is going to work,” a chuckling Affleck, 40, told PEOPLE Monday night. “And she told me to go to the gym.”
“I’m preparing myself to take on some more of the burden [at home],” Affleck said at the Los Angeles premiere of To The Wonder, hosted by Fiji Water and Disaronno. “[Jennifer's] got a couple of movies coming up, so it’s going to be a little Mr. Mom action, and I’m going to get back in the ring and we’re going to see if I still have it.”
ADORABLE. I don’t even particularly like Ben Affleck or Jennifer Garner as people (I don’t dislike them, either, I just don’t really know them at all), but I just think they’re so cute together. Oh, whatever!
April 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
After picking up a trophy for Best Picture with Argo at the Oscars last month, Ben Affleck isn’t busting his ass on his next project or anything. Instead, he’s sitting on it, eating ice cream on his couch and hanging out with his wife/BFF/biggest fan Jennifer Garner. Sounds like a pretty good life, eh?
From US Weekly:
Affleck explained to Us Weekly that he’s been reluctant to get out of sweats post-Oscars. “Luckily, I’ve been able to just enjoy my good fortune the last couple of weeks, just sit back and take it in, not do anything, eat ice cream on the couch,” the actor, director and producer, 40, said. “It’s been a nice time, hanging out with my wife, that sort of thing, and we’re enjoying it.”
I just love these two together. I don’t give a shit about them apart, and I don’t even care about their acting/directing/whatever work, but they’re just so genuinely into each other even after all these years that I can’t bring myself to say anything bad about them. Plus, who doesn’t like ice cream and couches? Find me someone, I dare you.
March 12, 2013 at 7:30 am by Jennifer
Helen Mirren is a film legend, so she could show up at an awards show in a paper bag with a mop end for a wig and old KFC buckets for shoes and no one could say shit because she’s doing her and has earned the right to do so. She didn’t quite go that far at last night’s BAFTAs in London, but she did take a popular hair trend to the pensioner set by dyeing her hair a lovely shade of bubblegum pink, an idea she got from… an unlikely source, shall we say.
“I saw it on America’s Next Top Model, so I decided to have a go.”
First of all, I love that Helen Mirren watches America’s Next Top Model – I didn’t realise anyone still did. Second of all, I love that she has such a buck wild spirit that she didn’t think twice about heading to Katy Perry town with her locks. And while it’s a bit unusual, it certainly doesn’t look bad. I wish I could get away with pink hair, but it’s just not happening. Helen’s move was especially risky considering the BAFTAs are full of British people who aren’t really into bullshit and really are into class, fanciness and sexy accents.
In any case, the BAFTAs red carpet was chock full of stars, from Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Ben Affleck to Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Chastain and more. Check out a gallery from last night’s red carpet below:
February 11, 2013 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
Ben Affleck really loves Jennifer Garner. Like, really loves her. They’ve been married since 2005 and unlike many Hollywood relationships, they’re not constantly in the press over cheating claims and have seemingly gotten over any issues privately and with grace. They have three adorable kids and basically just seem like a great couple, despite Garner’s tendencies to overshare about her husband’s super sperm and whatnot. Anyway, with all this love in the air, it’s only natural that Ben would gush about his wife at every available opportunity, most recently after his Directors Guild Award win on Saturday night for his latest project, Argo.
It was a celebratory evening for Affleck – and it was also date night with his doting wife, Jennifer Garner, by his side (and often with her hand on his back).
“I have to just thank my wife for being the best person in the world. I love you,” Affleck, 40, told the audience as he accepted the award for outstanding directorial achievement for Argo. “I don’t need to look at the teleprompter to know why I want to thank you. I want to thank you because I love you.”
He added: “I want our daughters to break boundaries.”
Aw, isn’t that sweet? And speaking of sweet, THESE KIDS:
February 4, 2013 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
Oh man. How awful. From an interview with the Huffington Post:
What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
Hmm. I take these things very seriously. Whenever anyone’s like, “Oh, we’re just gonna do a fun quick-fire-question thing.” My guiltiest pleasure? Shit. God. Dude, what’s yours?
Oh, God, I probably wouldn’t want to say, now that I think about it.
Have you ever stolen anything?
Actually, no. I stole a pack of gum when I was younger and literally turned right around and gave it back. And he was such an asshole to me. I was like, “I should have just walked. I am being a good person.” And he literally chastised me for 15 minutes. I was like, “Why did I even give this back to him?”
If failure weren’t an option, what’s one thing you would do?
Oh, god. God. That is too — dude, these are not quick-fire questions. They’re heavy questions.
What shows are on your DVR?
I actually don’t watch TV.
Do you ever text in the movie theater?
Um, I don’t typically sit in a movie theater.
If you could ask Kim Kardashian one question, what would it be?
Um, wow. I have no idea.
Did she learn all of that “um” and “wow” and “God” in thespian school? Because she just had to have learned it in thespian school, because it’s so ingrained in her psyche. I think that when Kristen Stewart dies, we should probably engrave on her headstone, “Um, wow, God,” because it’d probably be, like, so fitting.
In recent Kristen news, that movie that she was supposed to do with Ben Affleck? This big “comedy” that’s supposed to be her crossover role into major, non-’Twilight’, non-tween films? According to Variety, Ben Affleck has gone and bailed, citing reasons like “no time” and “bad co-stars.” I’m kidding about the co-star part, but the lack of time, Ben claims, is the main reason he’s no longer going to be affiliated with the production.
The film is called ‘Focus’, and Ben’s former character is labeled “veteran grifter” who becomes romantically involved with an up-and-coming con-artist, which is where Kristen comes into play. Sources say that there was to be a variety of passionate scenes, including a post-sex shot in bed. Ick.