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.