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Beards Are the Secret to Ben Affleck’s Blockbusters

With Argo, Ben Affleck cements his resurrection, having fully transitioned from Gigli laughingstock and J.Lo arm candy to respected auteur. How to account for the ups and downs of his roller-coaster career? A close examination of the record yields a provocative theory: To succeed, an Affleck project must be accompanied or preceded by Affleck facial hair. (Click on the picture to expand the evidence.)