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Affleck: I Wasn’t Always a Hunk

March 13, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Ben Affleck, unattached again after romancing Gwyneth Paltrow, wasn’t always the sought-after bachelor that movie stardom has made him.

``As a kid, I was the kind of guy who got dumped a lot,″ he says in the April issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, remembering himself as a gangly, clumsy teen. ``I don’t think the ladies were saying, `I’m looking for somebody awkward and beanpole-like who doesn’t have control of his own limbs.‴

With film credits including ``School Ties,″ ``Good Will Hunting″ and ``Armageddon,″ the 26-year-old actor has improved his dating quotient considerably since high school.

``I’m definitely amused at seeing my love life on the evening news,″ he admits.

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