John Goodman: Affleck made Argo 'much easier'

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A retired CIA operative (Richard Gere) is paired with a young FBI agent (Topher Grace) to unravel the mystery of a senator's murder, with signs pointing to a Soviet assassin. Martin Sheen, Stephen Moyer, and Odette Annable also star.
October 11th, 2012

John Goodman says 'Argo' was made ''so much easier'' thanks to Ben Affleck's decisive directing.

The 'Big Lebowski' actor is full of praise for the way Ben - who helmed the drama movie and starred as main character, real-life CIA 'exfiltration' specialist Tony Mendez - handled both roles ''smartly'' and he was impressed with the way he came up for new ideas for his alter-ego, renowned make-up artist John Chambers.

He said: ''The one thing he was, was prepared - and smartly so. He really trusts people and he delegates his authority in such a way that he doesn't have to worry about little things because it has been taken care of already. Everything was so richly detailed on 'Argo'. That makes our jobs as actors so much easier.

''Ben Affleck, he's a terrific actor and he already has a great track record as a director. It was interesting to watch him go back and forth between the two. He knew exactly what he wanted, but he was flexible and a very generous collaborator, too. He came up with ideas for my character I didn't think of. It was wonderful working with him.''

John admits he was ''very attracted'' to the film role because of the double life aspect of his real-life character, who, as well as being a film and TV make-up artist, used to apply his skills to the more serious pursuits of the government's intelligence operations.

He added to FlicksandBits.com: ''It was very interesting. John Chambers, he loves his craft and is also keen on using it to help the CIA; he enjoys serving his country in that way. So when Ben Affleck's Tony Mendez comes to him and says he needs help putting a movie together, Chambers is intrigued. I was very attracted to the whole double life aspect of the character, but, first and foremost, it's just a plain great, gripping story. I really wanted to be a part of the story.''