Ben Affleck motivated by father`s failure

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2012, 13:39 PM IST

London: Hollywood star Ben Affleck says his actor father`s failures motivated him to succeed at an early age.

The 40-year-old ‘Argo’ star landed his first role in US educational science series `The Voyage of the Mimi` when he was 12, around the same time his father Timothy was trying to make it big.

Affleck says he was so determined to avoid walking in his father`s footsteps, he worked harder than ever to beat the family curse, reported Daily Star online.

"I lived with this tremendous fear of failure because my father was a playwright and a director, and I think he did a couple of things as a child as an actor as well, and... He failed, basically," Affleck said.

"Not just being an alcoholic and stuff. He didn`t do what he said he was going to do. He worked with guys who later became famous, like James Woods and Dustin Hoffman, and he wasn`t successful.

"And that wasn`t going to be me. That definitely drove me. and I have it to thank for not giving up," he added.