Ben Affleck's ARGO cast to live like hostages to prep for film
The cast of Ben Affleck's Argo are going to experience what it is like to be a hostage first-hand, according to Vulture. Affleck is forcing members of his cast to to live together in a single “safe-house” for two weeks prior to the start of production. While there they will get a taste of what is like to be be in a hostage-like situation so that they can "better re-create the claustrophobic and tense conditions" of the 1979 Tehran hostage situation.
Argo is based on Joshuah Bearman's Wired Magazine article, “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran” about "how the CIA and the Canadian government teamed to rescue six U.S. dipomats who'd been taken hostage at the American embassy by a group of Iranians in 1979. The CIA's ruse involved the explanation that the six hostages were actually a Hollywood film crew scouting a movie titled "Argo," and using those fake identities, they were able to flee the country." George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing along with David Klawans (Nacho Libre). Chris Terrio penned the screenplay and is also helping produce the film.
It is not known which actors will have to suffer this intense rehearsal process. The cast includes Alan Arkin who is set to play Hollywood producer Lester Siegel, "an O.S.S. veteran described as equal parts bookie and rabbi." Affleck will reportedly play “a CIA hostage extraction expert named Tony Mendez”, who came up with the idea to wild idea of creating a fake movie.
I love the idea of method acting, this should add an awesome sense of realism to the film. It will be interesting to see who else is cast in the film. What are your thoughts on this news?