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2004's Sexiest Men Alive

Take a peek at some of the hottest of the hot – 16 of PEOPLE's sexiest men of the year, including Jude Law, Orlando Bloom and more

BEN AFFLECK

"He's a little rascal," says Christina Applegate of her 32-year-old Surviving Christmas costar, PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive in 2002. "It's charming because you don't know what he's going to do." His current offscreen leading lady, Jennifer Garner, told PEOPLE in 2002, after the pair filmed Daredevil together: "He's your basic tall, dark and handsome. He's it. You want him to save you. I can't imagine anyone the world would rather see swoop in and save the day than Ben."