Before They Were Stars: 12-Year Old Ben Affleck on “The Voyage of the Mimi”

In 1984, when he was only 12 years old, Ben Affleck broke into acting by appearing in a PBS educational series called The Voyage of the Mimi. The main storyline of this show involved the crew of a boat called “The Mimi” getting into a series of adventures while exploring the ocean and doing a census on humpback whales, with Affleck playing the grandson of the boat’s captain. The format involved spending the first half of each episode on the story, and the last half on an educational segment which would be hosted by one of the show’s young actors. In this clip, 12-year old Ben interviews a scientist and, man, does he look awkward and uncomfortable in front of a camera!

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