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November 2, 2012

'Argo' expands Affleck's resume beyond Boston crime


Now no longer classified as just the “Boston Guy,” Affleck recently visited his hometown to discuss “Argo,” along with insights into his family life, celebrity status, upcoming projects, and being from Boston. Just don’t ask him about the recent failing season of his beloved Red Sox.

On that, Affleck had to say: “At least it’s Pats season again, so we can watch Tom Brady be a genius.”

Eagle-Tribune: Were you worried about the politics of the film at all?

Affleck: For the politics of this, it’s such a tricky balance. I want my Republican friends and my Democratic friends to come see this movie, like it, appreciate it, and look at it as ‘These are the facts and this is the movie.’ They may try to draw conclusions from it, and they may not. I think one thing we can all agree on is that Tony Mendez is pretty heroic. He saved all these American lives, and that is a pretty exceptional thing. I don’t think you need to have any political leanings to appreciate that.”

ET: As a celebrity, what are some of the challenges or sacrifices you have made?

Affleck: Naturally, I haven’t had to give up anything like Tony Mendez, where I’m in harm’s way or risking my life for the country. There are sacrifices that you make when being an actor, most of them I have come to grips with. The only thing I don’t like is when my kids are brought into focus, I think that’s inappropriate and it crosses the line. I got in this business — so if people are going to bother me on the street, or take my picture, or put me on TMZ, then OK, there are worse prices to pay. So in a way, it’s not really my sacrifice, it’s my children’s. And I really like to protect my kids’ privacy.

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