Some actors and directors have such complementary working relationships that it seems as if they share a brain. In a few cases, they do. Such is the case with Ben Affleck, who is the star and director of "Argo," a political thriller about an unusual CIA rescue mission during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.
In an Envelope Screening Series session with The Times' John Horn, Affleck and "Argo" producer George Clooney, who has directed himself in films such as "Good Night, and Good Luck" and "The Ides of March," discuss some of the challenges of pulling double duty.
"People often say, 'Well, this is a common thing,' " Affleck says of the actor-director phenomenon. "I took some comfort in that. And then I looked around, and it didn't happen all the time."
His ultimate approach was simple: "For me, it's about shooting enough footage that I have something that I can find to work with in the cutting room," Affleck says.