Ben Affleck: “I Don’t Want To Be A Stay-At-Home Dad”

Ben Affleck Details Magazine October 2012Ben Affleck is a working man!

In an interview for the October issue of Details, Affleck admits he loves his career and is not ready to give it up to be a stay-at-home-dad.

“I don’t want to be a stay-at-home dad. Work is very important to me. I like to work. So does my wife. But I need my work to mean something to me in order for me to not be home with them.”

The actor admits when he is filming and directing he depends on his wife Jennifer Garner to pick up the slack.

“I am not very present in the rest of my life. My wife’s very patient. She does everything,” he shares. “If I have time, I try to spend time with the kids, even if just to be a physical presence, the bath, whatever.”

Although, Affleck admits his mind is often elsewhere.

“My mind’s always going, ‘How are we going to light that show tomorrow? What’s the master shot for that scene? Is there even going to be a master?’” he says.

“Just ruminating endlessly. Because for me — I wish it was discipline or being a great artist. But it’s just anxiety.”

When asked if has learned to better conserve time, Affleck insists:

“Absolutely. Anytime you think, ‘I’m wasting my time here,’ the first thought you have is ‘I could go home and be with my kids.’ Now, you may go home and be with your kids and very quickly start thinking, ‘I wonder what’s on the work front?’ Because running around after three kids is very trying. Now everything has to compete with being with my family.”

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