Ben Affleck: ‘I turned down the chance to direct ‘Homeland”

Actor says he can't bring himself to watch show now it's become a success...

Ben Affleck has revealed that he turned down the chance to direct the hit TV show Homeland.

The political drama, which stars Claire Danes as an unstable CIA officer and Damian Lewis as a war veteran she suspects of treason, premiered on Showtime in October 2011 before airing on Channel 4 earlier this year (2012), earning rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic.

Talking to the Hollywood Reporter, Affleck – who helmed the new thriller Argo, which hit US cinema screens last month – said he couldn’t bring himself to watch the series after he passed up the opportunity to direct the pilot episode because of a deal he’d made with his wife, actress Jennifer Garner.

Affleck, who said he’d chosen to stay home with the couple’s children so Garner could film a movie, said: “I was sure nothing would happen with the show,” the Hollywood Reporter quoted the father-of-three as saying. “Now I hate the fucking show. I’ve never seen it. I’m going to attach myself to 14 pilots this year.”

Homeland‘s second season kicked off on September 30 in the US, winning its highest ever audience, and in the UK on October 7. Last month, it beat Mad Men and Downton Abbey to win four major prizes at the Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series.