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Published: Wednesday November 12, 2014 06:00 AM EST



Bennifer mania – Ben Affleck's romance with Jennifer Lopez – was in full swing when the actor landed on the cover of PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive issue. Why all the hoopla? As friend director Kevin Smith told PEOPLE, "Chicks gravitate to him. The word on the street is that he's the ideal man, chatty, gorgeous, generous and intelligent."