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Ben Affleck Reveals How Kevin Smith’s 'Red State' Inspired 'Argo' & More

by Benjamin Wright
October 9, 2012 5:26 PM
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3. Bryan Cranston liked stepping out of the shoes of Walter White, and into a role as a good guy – a move he deems important for the film.
Losing the bespectacled and bald trappings of Walter White, Bryan Cranston stepped into the shoes of Jack O’Donnell, a role he deems important because, “One thing I noticed about the question regarding the lack of antagonist, and perhaps it was just ideology was the protagonist of [‘Argo’], it’s incredible how Josh and Chris were able to hold up the story and have it exist on that level – and still propel the plot forward.” Though in regards to his character in particular, Cranston adds that, “What I was amazed at was the chance for all these characters to be heroic in their own right. Jack O’Donnell had his time, and the other characters had their time, and they did it for patriotism. They didn’t do it for any personal or public recognition, any financial gain, it was out of thinking about ‘What is the greatest good?” He adds that the message of the film in his eyes is, “the idea and the concept that great things can happen through cooperation.” Cranston also adds, “Hopefully, if that’s a subliminal message that filters through our Congress here in the United States, that could be a good thing – to lessen the divisiveness.”

Argo, Affleck, Arkin, Goodman
4. As far as the soon to be infamous “Ar-go-f**k yourself” line muttered throughout the film, Affleck and screenwriter Chris Terrio confirm that it was indeed real.
A line repeated throughout the film to great comedic effect, Goodman – who portrays movie make-up legend John Chambers in the film -- recounts the time he first received the script, saying “they told me the name of the script was ‘Argo,' and that’s the first thing I thought of. It’s an old joke.” Terrio adds that, “It’s real, Tony Mendez and John Chambers -- it was a joke among those two. They said when they were wound up by the tension of the mission, they would often diffuse it by looking at each other and saying ‘Ar-go-f**k yourself.’ That was a historical gift from the now deceased John Chambers.”

“Argo” opens nationwide on October 12th.

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  • Sam | October 9, 2012 7:46 PMReply

    whew! glad their friendship recovered from a commercial bomb like 2004's Jersey Girl !
    thanks for the info. (and sorry for the sarcasm. but, come on, dude. that was needlessly stretched to make a strange point.)

  • The Playlist | October 9, 2012 6:34 PMReply

    Highly amusing. All the comments on this post sans Ben's are from the same person. I guess someone was just desperately trying to plug their blog. Funny.

  • Not_That_Bad | October 9, 2012 6:11 PMReply

    Guys lay off him. Do you have nothing better to do than attack a publication like The Playlist which is providing a service by employing journalists with obvious mental handicaps? If he wasn't writing for the playlist I'm sure Benjamin would be stuffing envelopes or some such menial task that couldn't result in serious injuries. It gives him a chance to express himself using what limited means he possesses.

  • Indie_Critic | October 9, 2012 6:06 PMReply

    This writer has once again displayed his inability to construct a story with the slightest level of intrigue. I expect more from The Playlist. I can and do write more articulate analyses on a daily basis. Check out my blog: http://www.idesperatelywishiwasarealfilmjournalist/. You could learn something.

  • Benjamin Wright | October 9, 2012 6:13 PM

    Thanks so much! I'm always up for some constructive criticism, so I'll be sure to take a look at your blog. As always, thanks for reading.

  • Django UnGayed | October 9, 2012 5:58 PMReply

    Way to throw him some softballs, Ben. "Uhhhh...Mr. Affleck...Do you like Red State?" Hard hitting journalism, bro.

  • Eric Blair | October 10, 2012 5:08 AM

    Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.

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