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The “Sad Affleck” meme went viral last year and now it turns out Ben Affleck may officially be the saddest star in Hollywood.

Stephen Follows, a U.K.-based film producer and leading film data researcher, evaluated high-profile actors’ emotions by collecting movie posters for films released between 2000 and 2016 and running them through Microsoft’s Azure Emotion engine.
Follows selected 64 Hollywood stars based on their fame and had them analyzed by Azure, tracking seven emotions (anger, contempt, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness and surprise). He then calculated the median value for each star and compared it to all actors that were featured on movie posters, not just the 64 he had chosen.
When it came to the saddest Hollywood stars who have appeared on movie posters this century, Affleck came out on top, followed by Ryan Gosling and Bruce Willis. Angelina Jolie was the saddest-looking female star, coming in sixth.
The “Sad Affleck” meme went viral when the star glumly responded to the critical backlash against “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” while undergoing a promotional tour of the movie. Uncertainty surrounds Affleck’s return as Batman while the high-profile separation and divorce from his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner, may have compounded his sadness.
Yet there was consolation for Affleck. According to Follows’s research, Affleck displayed a lower-than-average level of sadness (95%) when compared to all actors featured on movie posters (as opposed to the 64 Hollywood stars). “This is probably due to the fact that sadness is common among dramas, most of which are lower budget films and therefore do not feature Hollywood stars,” Follows wrote on his blog.
According to Follows’s visual data software study, Penelope Cruz is the most neutral Hollywood star, Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, is the angriest Hollywood star on the evidence of posters, and Harrison Ford is the most disgusted star. Michael Douglas is the most fearful Hollywood star, while Renee Zellweger is the happiest star, beating Meryl Streep, Gwyneth Paltrow and Meg Ryan.
Seth Rogen managed to be both the most surprised Hollywood star on movie posters and the most contemptuous.

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