Then: Affleck tackled the role of angry soon-to-be super-senior Fred O'Bannion, who took pleasure in paddling freshmen during Lee High School's annual hazing ritual. "Ben could get pretty scary when he was in character," costar Wiley Wiggins recalled.
Now: Do we even need to go there? He's an in-demand actor, two-time Oscar winner (most recently for Argo), father of three and husband to actress Jennifer Garner. "Nothing Ben has accomplished in the past 20 years has surprised me, at all," Linklater said of the star's success.