Ben Affleck

  • Aired:  10/09/12
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Ben Affleck commends the heroic diplomats and foreign service people who inspired "Argo," a film based on the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. (5:48)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK, MY GUEST

TONIGHT IS AN ACTOR AN FINE

DIRECTOR.

HIS NEW FILM WHICH HE DIRECTED

AND STARS IN IS CALLED "ARGO."

>> THEY CAN'T RIDE BICYCLES OR

WE'RE PREPARED TO SEND IN

SOMEBODY TO TEACH THEM.

>> OR YOU COULD JUST SEND IN

TRAINING WHEELS AND MEET THEM AT

THE BORDER WITH GATORADE.

>> IT'S 300 MILES.

>> TURKISH BORDER.

THEY'D NEED A SUPPORT TEAM

FOLLOWING THEM.

>> WE WERE JUST ASKED TO SHARP

SHOOT THIS.

>> I'M SORRY, WHO IS THIS?

>> HE'S GOT A LOT OF THE SHAWS

PEOPLE OUT.

IT'S WINTER.

>> CAN'T AFFORD TO WAIT AROUND

TILL SPRING.

THE ONLY WAY OUT OF THE CITY IS

THE AIRPORT.

THEY BUILD NEW COVER IDENTITIES

FOR THEM, TAKE THEM OUT ON A

COMMERCIAL FLIGHT.

>> Jon: I REMEMBER SMOKING IN

MEETINGS.

(LAUGHTER)

PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO THE SHOW

BEN AFFLECK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: YOUNG MAN, DESPITE THE

WIZ BANG NATURE OF THAT CLIP,

THERE'S A LOT OF EXCITEMENT IN

THE MOVIE.

>> IT'S VERY SUSPENSEABLE.

IT'S A -- NOT A BUREAUCRACY

MOVIE.

>> Jon: NOT A BUREAUCRACY MOVIE

AT ALL.

I HAVE A LOT OF ACTORS ON THE

MOVIE.

NOT A TON, BUT A FEW.

ENOUGH.

>> SURE.

>> Jon: AND I OFTEN TIMES WILL

LIE TO THEIR FACES.

WILL SAY TO THEM --

(LAUGHTER)

"WELL, THIS IS A TREMENDOUS WORK

YOU'VE DONE" AND THE ACTOR HUGH

GRANT COMES TO MIND.

(LAUGHTER)

(AUDIENCE REACTS)

I WATCHED THE FILM TODAY.

PHENOMENAL.

PHENOMENAL.

SUSPENSEFUL.

INTERESTING.

WELL RESEARCHED, WELL ACTED,

WELL DIRECTED.

THE ENERGY OF IT.

DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU'RE IN THE

MIDDLE OF THIS --

>> I'M DONE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: NO, NO, I WAS INCREDIBLY

IMPRESSED WITH THE FILM.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I APPRECIATE IT.

I THINK THE ACTORS ONLY RARELY

LIE TO YOUR FACE.

>> Jon: WHAT?

>> HAD A GREAT TIME, THANKS,

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: IT'S TERRIBLE.

>> YES?

>> Jon: TO DO A FILM ABOUT IRAN

IN 1979, WHERE DID THIS STORY

EVEN COME FROM?

I'VE LIVED IN THIS COUNTRY A

LONG TIME, I NEVER HEARD OF IT.

>> IT'S A TRUE STORY.

IT HAPPENED OBVIOUSLY AROUND THE

HOSTAGE ERA, DURING THE LARGER

HOSTAGE CRISIS.

SIX PEOPLE GOT OUT.

THEY ESCAPED, THEY HID OUT WITH

THE CANADIANS, THEY WERE RESCUED

BY A C.I.A. OFFICER WHO TEAMED

UP WITH FOLKS IN HOLLYWOOD.

THEY PRETENDED TO BE A -- LIKE A

SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE CREW TO GO

BACK AND GET THEM OUT OF TEHRAN.

IT'S LIKE A HORRIBLE MOVIE IF IT

WASN'T TRUE, YOU KNOW WHAT I

MEAN?

BUT IT'S TENSE AND FUNNY AND

EXCITING AND I JUST GOT THIS --

A GUY READ THIS -- JOSH BIERMAN

FOUND THE DECLASSIFIED

MATERIALS, A BRILLIANT WRITER

THEN WROTE A SCRIPT FROM IT,

THEY SENT IT TO ME, IT SEEMED

CLEAR THAT EVEN JUST WITH THE

MOST FEEBLE EXECUTION I COULD DO

SOMETHING SPECIAL.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: BUT THIS IS NOT -- THIS

IS NOT FEEBLE, YOU CLEARLY HAVE

WORKED OUT.

THERE WAS A SCENE IN THE MOVIE

WITH YOUR SHIRT OFF.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> THAT'S KIND OF A TRADEMARK.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU, AT

THE TIME I WAS SAYING "AH, IT'S

A LITTLE GRATUITOUS."

>> I SHOWED THAT TO SOME OF THE

PRODUCERS AND IT WAS ME GETTING

OUT OF THE SHOWER AND TOWELING

OFF.

>> Jon: THE WHOLE THING, YEAH.

>> YOU KNOW, I DON'T HAVE ANY

NOTES EXCEPT DO YOU WANT TO TELL

HIM OR SHOULD I?

YOU KNOW, THIS SHOWER SCENE MAY

BE --.

>> Jon: CLOSE IT DOWN A LITTLE

BIT THERE.

>> JUST A LITTLE BIT, YEAH.

>> Jon: DID YOU MEET THE FOREIGN

SERVICE WORKERS THAT WERE IN THE

EMBASSY IN IRAN?

ARE THEY ALIVE?

>> I DID.

THERE ARE FIVE OF THE SIX

HOUSEGUESTS WHO WERE THERE, THE

DIPLOMATS WHO DID THE FAMILY

MEMBERS OF CHAMBERS, THE GUY WHO

ALAN ARKIN PLAYED.

MY CHARACTER I WORKED WITH VERY

CLOSELY.

SO WE HAD THIS NUCLEUS OF PEOPLE

ON HOW TO KEEP IT REAL AND ALSO

TO TOLD ME THAT THIS IS IN FACT

IN MART A TRIBUTE TO THE DANGERS

OUR DIPLOMATS FACE, OUR FOREIGN

SERVICE PEOPLE FACE WITHOUT ANY

HOPE FOR RECOGNITION.

I MEAN, OBVIOUSLY IN BENGHAZI WE

SAW THE TRAGIC RESULT THERE.

AND THIS IS REALLY SOMETHING

THAT -- YOU KNOW, IN ADDITION TO

YOUR FAMILY, BEING AWAY FROM

YOUR WIFE AND KIDS, ALL THIS

TOUGH STUFF.

SO WHEN I SAW THAT STUFF

HAPPENING I SAID SILVER LINING

FOR ME ABOUT THIS MOVIE WAS WE

WERE HONORED TO MAKE IT.

>> Jon: WHAT'S AMAZING TO ME--

AND IT'S ALWAYS STRUCK ME-- IS

NO MATTER HOW THE SITUATION IS

IN ANY COUNTRY, HOW CHAOTIC, HOW

VOLATILE CANADIAN CANS TRAVEL

FREELY.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

THERE'S GUYS IN THE STREETS WITH

MACHINE GUNS BLOWING EACH OTHER

AWAY, CHAOS IN THE STREET AND

SUDDENLY A CAR PULLS IN WITH TWO

CANADIAN FLAGS AND THEY JUST

DRIVE IN.

>> GO ON, GO ON.

(LAUGHTER)

I DIDN'T REALIZE.

WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A VIOLENT

REVOLUTION BUT YOU'RE CANADIAN,

YOU'RE GOOD PEOPLE, GO ON.

REMARKABLE.

>> THEY'RE A PEACEFUL PEOPLE.

THEY'RE A KNOWN PEACEFUL PEOPLE.

THIS IS A BIG -- YOU KNOW, WE

WORKED TOGETHER WITH THEM.

THEY HOUSED OUR FOLKS, SAVED OUR

LIVES.

IT WAS INTERNATIONAL

COOPERATION.

ALL OF THE GOOD THINGS WE LIKE

TO SEE.

AND HIDING UNDER THE SHELTER OF

CANADIANS WHICH IS -- THAT'S US,

THAT'S AMERICA, HIDE BEG THIBD

CANADIANS.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: YOU KNOW WHAT, I THINK

THEY WILL ENJOY THAT

INTERPRETATION.

VERY MUCH SO FROM WHAT I CAN

UNDERSTOOD.

THIS DIRECTING THING, THOUGH, I

WOULD CONTINUE TO DO THIS.

>> KAPUT?

>> Jon:, BEAUTIFUL,

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I APPRECIATE IT.

>> Jon: "ARGO" IS IN THE

THEATERS FRIDAY.

YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS THING.

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