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Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez (center) works with trapped American diplomats on their cover story to get them out of Iran in “Argo.” Mr. Affleck also directed the film. (Warner Bros via The Associated Press)

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Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez (center) works with trapped American diplomats on their cover story to get them out of Iran in “Argo.” Mr. Affleck also directed the film. (Warner Bros via The Associated Press)

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Ben Affleck, director, producer and a cast member of "Argo," poses at the premiere of the film at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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Tony Mendez, a retired disguise specialist in the CIA’s office of technical service, consulted with the screenwriter for “Argo” and took Ben Affleck, who portrays him in the movie (left), to spots where espionage moments occurred. (The Washington Times)

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Actor-director Ben Affleck pauses for a photograph on the red carpet at a gala for his new movie, "Argo," during the 37th annual Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

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Ben Affleck (center) stars in "Argo," a thriller about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. The film is among 289 feature-length films to be shown at the 11-day festival. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

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Ben Affleck (center) in “Pearl Harbor” portrays one of two Army Air Corps officers who survive the Japanese sneak attack and join the Doolittle Raiders later in the 2001 movie. In reality, all of the Tokyo Raiders were elsewhere on Dec. 7, 1941, that day of infamy. (Touchstone Pictures)

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Tommy Lee Jones (left) and Ben Affleck appear in a scene from "The Company Men." Mr. Affleck plays a salesman suddenly cut loose from his financial lifeline. Mr. Jones co-stars as a colleague standing on equally shaky ground. (Associated Press)