Editor's Note: This story relied on a report in Us Weekly, which said Affleck would be doing his eat-like-a-poor-person thing for just one day. That's wrong. In fact, it's clear from Affleck's Twitter feed (and the campaign it points to) that Affleck intends to do this for five days and he's doing it to get other people to join him, which is a worthy goal. Grist apologizes for the error. We never should have doubted you, Ben! Call us!
I want to be clear about something. I love Ben Affleck. I love him how you only love someone to whom you have spent most of your life being largely indifferent. After he made Argo, I was like, "OK dude, yes, you deserve to exist, big time. You made a movie like they used to make in the '70s, with the kind of suspense and storytelling no one even bothers with anymore because they're just like, oh, our trailer has a good joke in it about MILFs, so hello good opening weekend and screw Americans and their yearning for well-executed traditional narrative structure."
Anyway, Affleck is now, in the way only movie stars can, doing something "cool" that is also lame (which does not befit the man who made Argo). To raise awareness of global hunger, he is going to eat like a poor person for one day. One day. I had to read it several times myself.