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Ben Affleck: 'Argo' Director Casts Himself As Lead

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BEN AFFLECK
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This much is true: there will be no creative turmoil, no clash of visions, no worries of compromising images or integrity, and no high profile blowups between director and lead actor on this film.

(If there is, perhaps call in a health professional).

Ben Affleck, so successful in directing himself in the critically acclaimed Boston heist film, "The Town," has cast himself as the lead in his next directorial effort, the real life CIA caper, "Argo." According to Variety, Affleck will play Tony Mendez, the CIA infiltration expert who used the guise of a Hollywood production to spring loose six Americans who were stuck in Iran during the hostage crisis.

The story, based on a 2007 article in Wired Magazine, titled 'How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran,' about a CIA operation that had the stuck diplomats pretend they were scouting locations for a big budget sci-fi film.

To be produced by George Clooney, the film is also close to casting John Goodman and Alan Arkin as co-stars.

This will be the third major feature to be helmed by Affleck; before acting in and directing "The Town," he directed his brother Casey, along with Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris in "Gone Baby Gone."

Affleck is also attached to direct the big screen adaptation of Harlan Coben's hit book, "Tell No One."

For more, click over to Variety.

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