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First TV Spot for Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’

Written by Alexander Tucker   // 09/04/2012




Here’s the first TV Spot for Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo.’


Give Ben Affleck credit. Give him tons of credit for pulling his career out of the deep end, by embracing his role as a filmmaker. After a great young career Ben Affleck lost all his momentum and became a joke. He starred in  DaredevilGigli, and Paycheck succession. He also received a Raspberry award for worst actor in all three films. It was the first time an actor won the disgraceful award three straight years. What would he follow those dumpster fires up with? Surviving Christmas, another dumpster fire. Ben Affleck’s career was in real trouble.


It looked so bad for Mr. Affleck that most thought he’d never recover. He went through an embarrassing break-up with Jennifer Lopez and it seemed like he was more of a celebrity than an actor. So, he stepped back, and only took roles from those he trusted. Kevin Smith was first among them. He did back to back films with the director: Jersey Girl and Clerks 2, before going indie with Hollywoodland — a good film.


His career was still in jeopardy though, he needed to change things up, he needed to earn Hollywood and the audiences respect again, and so he adapted and wrote the screenplay for Gone Baby Gone — Oh, and he directed it too. Well, it was a fantastic film that launched Amy Ryan’s career and brought back old greats Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris. The film was widely praised by critics.  It was obvious that Ben Affleck had  something brewing, but most wondered, was this a fluke?


The question was answered in 2010, when he went behind the camera again and starred in The Town opposite rising star Jeremy Renner. It too was well received. It was received so well that the old Ben Affleck was laid to rest and the new Ben Affleck, Ben Affleck the director had been born. Now, he’s no longer the butt of jokes in this town and has earned the respect of all filmgoers and filmmakers East to West. What a turn around.


Based on true events, Warner Bros. Pictures’ and GK Films’ dramatic thriller “Argo” chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis—the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades.

Academy Award® winner Ben Affleck (“The Town,” “Good Will Hunting”) directs and stars in the film, which is being produced by Academy Award® winner George Clooney (“Syriana”), Oscar® nominee Grant Heslov (“Good Night, and Good Luck.”) and Affleck.

On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA “exfiltration” specialist named Tony Mendez (Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.



New TV-Spot From Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’


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