Ben Affleck had to turn down Homeland pilot

BEN AFFLECK had to turn down the chance to direct the pilot of hit U.S. drama HOMELAND - because his actress wife JENNIFER GARNER was working on location.

Accepting the Career Achievement Award at the Casting Society of America’s annual Artios Awards on Monday night (29Oct12) in Beverly Hills, Affleck revealed he initially signed on to oversee the gripping drama, starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, but he had to pass due to a deal he has with his wife to always put family first.

The actor/director said, "I was sure nothing would happen with the show. Now I hate the f**king show. I’ve never seen it."

Libby Goldstein, who helped assemble the cast for Homeland, poked fun at Affleck during the awards ceremony by reading a poem she had written about his decision to step down as director.

Other 2012 Artios Award winners for Outstanding Achievement in Casting included:

Big Budget Feature (Drama) - The Help (Kerry Barden & Paul Schnee)

Big Budget Feature (Comedy) - Crazy, Stupid, Love (Mindy Marin & Kara Lipson)

Feature - Studio or Independent (Drama) - My Week With Marilyn (Deborah Aquila, Tricia Wood & Nina Gold)

(Location Casting)

Feature - Studio or Independent (Comedy) - The Artist (Heidi Levitt & Michael Sanford)

Low Budget Feature - Martha Marcy May Marlene (Susan Shopmaker)

Television Pilot (Drama) - Homeland (Junie Lowry Johnson, Libby Goldstein, Julie Tucker, Lisa Mae Fincannon & Craig Fincannon)

Television Pilot (Comedy) - Girls (Jennifer Euston)

Television Series (Drama) - The Good Wife (Mark Saks & John Andrews) and Homeland (Judy Henderson, Craig Fincannon & Lisa Mae Fincannon)

Television Series (Comedy) - Girls (Jennifer Euston)

Television Movie or Mini Series - Game Change (David Rubin, Richard Hicks, Pat Moran, Kathleen Chopin & Anne Davison)