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Ben Affleck: Argo is funny, tense and heartpounding.

Summary: Ben Affleck describes his new film Argo as funny, tense and heartpounding.

Ben Affleck describes his new film Argo as funny, tense and heartpounding at its premiere in Los Angeles.

Argo tells the true story of former CIA officer Tony Mendez, played by Affleck, who contrives an ingenious but risky plan to free six Americans who found refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador during the Iranian revolution.

Mendez, who never thought he would find himself on a Hollywood red carpet, was overwhelmed to have two big stars wanting to tell his story.

He said: "No actually George Clooney was gonna play me, but Affleck saw the script and he said 'Holy moly.' So he said I'll do the directing and the acting and he did."

Affleck said he was determined to attach himself to the project when he read the script.

He said: "Oh my gosh I mean this movie is you know it's funny, it's really tense.

"I mean it's a true, genuine thriller in that sense, like heartpounding. It's an intricate spy story and it's a true story.

"It's literally kind of amazing that this actually took place so I wanted to make a movie that would be thoughtful and resonant and have something for everyone."

Argo also stars Emmy winner Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin and John Goodman.

The film opens in cinemas in the UK on November 7.

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Date:Oct 5, 2012
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