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Happy Ben: Ben Affleck says life has never been better as he heads towards 50. The Good Will Hunting actor, 49, told Extra that 'life is good' and he has been very 'happy.' Seen on Sunday at the screening for his film The Tender Bar in West Hollywood

Ben Affleck says he has never been better as he heads towards 50.

The Good Will Hunting actor, 49, told Extra on Sunday that ‘life is good’ and he has been very ‘happy.’

The Massachusetts native seems very in love with his on-again girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, 52, whom he was last seen holding hands with on Sunday for a screening of his new film The Tender Bar held at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

Happy Ben: Ben Affleck says life has never been better as he heads towards 50. The Good Will Hunting actor, 49, told Extra that ‘life is good’ and he has been very ‘happy.’ Seen on Sunday at the screening for his film The Tender Bar in West Hollywood

His gal: The Massachusetts native seems very in love with his on-again girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, 52, whom he was last seen holding hands with on Sunday; seen here in September in Venice, Italy for the premiere of his film The Last Duel

His gal: The Massachusetts native seems very in love with his on-again girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, 52, whom he was last seen holding hands with on Sunday; seen here in September in Venice, Italy for the premiere of his film The Last Duel

‘I’m very happy. It is a very happy time in my life. Life is good,’ Ben told Extra’s Jenn Lahmers.

Ben and Jennifer started dating again in April after she split from her fiance Alex Rodriguez.

Ever since, they have traveled to Italy and New York while putting on some eye-popping public displays of affection.

And they are making plans to spend time together over Christmas.

A source told People: ‘They will both get a break. For Jennifer, Christmas is all about the kids. She makes it very special for them. She loves Christmas.’

Jennifer – who has 13-year-old twins Maximilian and Emme with ex-husband Marc Anthony – and Ben – who has Violet, 15, Seraphina, 12, and Samuel, nine, with ex-wife Jennifer Garner – are both keen to spend time with their kids and each other over the holiday season.

The insider said: ‘This year, it will take some more planning since Ben wants to be with his kids too. They haven’t made any specific holiday decisions yet and are still working it all out.’

Happy as can be: 'I'm very happy. It is a very happy time in my life. Life is good,' Ben told Extra 's Jenn Lahmers. Seen with Lopez in NYC in late September

Happy as can be: ‘I’m very happy. It is a very happy time in my life. Life is good,’ Ben told Extra ‘s Jenn Lahmers. Seen with Lopez in NYC in late September

Not shy: Ben and Jennifer started dating again in April after she split from her fiance Alex Rodriguez. Ever since, they have traveled to Italy and New York while putting on some eye-popping public displays of affection

Not shy: Ben and Jennifer started dating again in April after she split from her fiance Alex Rodriguez. Ever since, they have traveled to Italy and New York while putting on some eye-popping public displays of affection

But for now they are apart: Ben has been in Texas making a film while Jennifer is shooting a movie called The Mother for Netflix in Vancouver.

Affleck’s career is also heating up.

He has a new movie named The Last Duel coming out with his longtime friend Matt Damon and also The Tender Bar that he worked on with George Clooney.

He told Extra he ‘loves’ the films. ‘I am really proud,’ added the actor. 

Being directed by Clooney has been a wonderful experience, said the actor.

‘Working for George was a real treat, so it’s a time in my career that is surprisingly kind of fruitful… I kind of lucked into this… Very grateful, so yes, I am happy,’ shared Affleck, who has also dated Gwyneth Paltrow.

The Tender Bar, based on a book by J.R. Moehringer, follows a boy who seeks father figures among the patrons at the bar run by his uncle, played by Ben.

Daniel Ranieri plays the boy in his younger years, and Ben said he connected with the actor. 

Together for Santa: Jennifer - who has 13-year-old twins Maximilian and Emme with ex-husband Marc Anthony - and Ben - who has Violet, 15, Seraphina, 12, and Samuel, nine, with ex-wife Jennifer Garner - are both keen to spend time with their kids and each other over the holiday season. Seen in NYC in late Septmber

Together for Santa: Jennifer – who has 13-year-old twins Maximilian and Emme with ex-husband Marc Anthony – and Ben – who has Violet, 15, Seraphina, 12, and Samuel, nine, with ex-wife Jennifer Garner – are both keen to spend time with their kids and each other over the holiday season. Seen in NYC in late Septmber

‘He’s spectacular… My son is nine years old,’ shared Ben.

‘The hardest thing about doing this job… a lot of stuff is out of town… I really miss my time. Daniel reminded me of my son and being with my son… He’s a wonderful guy… 

‘George created this really safe environment, made him comfortable, and he could just be himself… It was a real pleasure,’ shared the Oscar winner.

Ben told Entertainment Tonight that George is the ‘best, most precise director I’ve ever worked with.’

He added, ‘He’s just so good and so smart and creates a great environment.

Two cities: But for now they are apart: Ben has been in Texas making a film while Jennifer is shooting a movie called The Mother for Netflix in Vancouver. Seen at the Met Gala in NYC in  mid September

Two cities: But for now they are apart: Ben has been in Texas making a film while Jennifer is shooting a movie called The Mother for Netflix in Vancouver. Seen at the Met Gala in NYC in  mid September

‘We had great experience working together previously, he produced Argo [with me]. He just has so much experience doing his thing, doing this job, and it’s like, such a gift. Because it cuts through all the noise and gets right to the x, y, z. Bing, bang, boom.’

And Ben admitted he would ‘love to’ star opposite George on screen.

He told ET: ‘He’s gotta hire me. I mean, he’s gotta cast himself and hire me. Maybe that’s the next step.

‘He’s a really really smart actor, and what I really learned about George as an actor, is George really understands exactly how to kind of calibrate a performance. He really understands the audience’s expectations. The truth is, he’s just really good at this thing.’

He is a Clooney fan: Ben told Entertainment Tonight that George is the 'best, most precise director I've ever worked with.' He added, 'He's just so good and so smart and creates a great environment; seen on Sunday

He is a Clooney fan: Ben told Entertainment Tonight that George is the ‘best, most precise director I’ve ever worked with.’ He added, ‘He’s just so good and so smart and creates a great environment; seen on Sunday

In a scene: Affleck is seen left behind the bar while Tye Sheridan is on the right in the film The Tender Bar

In a scene: Affleck is seen left behind the bar while Tye Sheridan is on the right in the film The Tender Bar 

However, George isn’t so enthusiastic about the idea of appearing on screen next to the Gone Girl actor – because he would make him look short.

He quipped: ‘He’s a foot taller than me! He makes me look like Mickey Rooney when I stand next to this guy.’

But that’s not all because the 60-year-old star – who was named People’s Sexiest Man Alive in 1997 and 2006 – is worried having them both feature in the same project would be ‘too much sexy.’

Blonde for this film: Ben seen in The Last Duel, which costars his friend Matt Damon

Blonde for this film: Ben seen in The Last Duel, which costars his friend Matt Damon

He quipped: ‘I think it would be too much sexy for one screen. Because he’s a one-time sexiest man.

‘But not a two time. I’m just gonna say that… but [yeah], it would be too much sexy, I think, for one film.’  

The Tender Bar will open in L.A. and NYC on December 17, then in theaters nationwide on December 22, followed by an Amazon Prime release on January 7.

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