Ben Affleck will keep his actors hostage for new film “Argo”

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Ben Affleck is trying to go really method with his next film, Argo. Or, rather, making sure his actors do so — because in order to capture the feel of being held hostage, he's going to hold them hostage in a house for two weeks. Affleck's next project follows the six hostages who escaped the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, only to get stuck in a Canadian safe house for eighty-four days. In case you don't remember or weren't alive at the time, like me, here's what went down after the six fled:

These six would spend the next 84 days as faux "houseguests" of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor while the CIA implemented a covert operation called "Argo": A CIA hostage extraction expert named Tony Mendez (who’ll be played by Affleck) concocted a ruse wherein the six "houseguests" were presented as part of a fake Hollywood film crew scouting movie locations for an equally fake movie called, naturally, Argo. Canadian Parliament even had its first secret session since World War II to grant the six real Canadian passports. Display ads to promote Argo were actually taken out in the American press. The Argo cover was meant not only to allow the extraction of the six escaped American hostages from the Canadian embassy, but also for the infiltration of a U.S. commando team that could retake the American embassy and free the remaining 60 hostages, too.

It will not surprise you to hear that this all went pear shaped. This project sounds like it's in Affleck's wheelhouse — The Town, his most recent directorial attempt, was an effectively tense film — so I'm looking forward to this. But does anyone else think it's ridiculous that forcing six actors to stay in one house for two weeks will make them understand what it means to be held hostage better? I've stayed inside for fourteen days before, and it was less "hostage situation" and more "being twenty-two." But whatever works, I guess.