Who would have thought that Ben Affleck would become a talented director? His whole career was looking a little dicey after Gigli and Bennifer 1.0, but he’s certainly changed his trajectory from rom-com guy-turned-action hero to become a capable director.
Affleck clearly spent his acting years paying attention to the talented directors he’s worked with including John Madden, Gus Van Sant, Kevin Smith and John Woo, just to name a few. Now with his third feature film Argo hitting theatres October 12, Affleck is getting some noteworthy buzz for his work both in front of and behind the camera in the film which also stars Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Clea DuVall, Victor Garber and Kyle Chandler.
Based on the true story of CIA exfiltration expert Tony Mendez and his risky attempt to rescue six Americans seeking refuge at the Canadian Ambassador’s house after getting caught in the crossfire of the 1979 Iranian revolution. In order to get the Americans out of Iran, the CIA concocts an elaborate scheme that’s just so far-out, it might work. And Affleck is clearly working his 70's shag haircut.
After directing Gone Baby Gone and The Town, Affleck is looking pretty comfortable in the director’s chair. Cineplex sat down with the actor-turned-director in Los Angeles earlier this summer to get his thoughts on the Argo before the film started making the festival rounds. The film screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September to favourable audience reviews and positive reaction from critics who have been mentioning “Argo” and “Oscar” in the same sentence.
You'll have to see whether the priase is worthy when the movie opens across the country next week. Until then, you can get a look at the late 1970’s wardrobes and moustaches as well as Ben Affleck on both sides of the camera in our photo gallery below.
Ben Affleck directs and stars in Argo, based on the true story of the CIA's plot to rescue six Americans stranded at the Canadian Ambassador's residence in Tehran during the 1979 Iranian Revolution.