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Ben Affleck: 'I had very low expectations for Argo'

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Ben Affleck has said that he never expected Argo to be a box office success.

The Iran hostage crisis film has made more than $155 million at the global box office since its release in October, while also generating awards season buzz.

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Affleck has now revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he was unsure if the public would be interested in the historical basis of his movie.

"I had very low expectations for Argo's performance," he explained. "I just hoped that over time people would find the movie."

The director also revealed that he appreciates his success more nowadays, especially in light of the career slump he experienced in the mid-2000s.

"Being at a place in my life and my career where I know what I'm trying to do, it's different than being 26," Affleck said. "When you're younger and have the early success that I had - it sounds like the worst Hallmark cliché - but I didn't have anyone to share it with."



He concluded: "I don't mean I wanted someone to sit by the fire with. But when you have a family and children, you kind of see yourself reflected in them.

"I want to make the kinds of movies that my kids are proud of. I have higher standards, in a way, for them."

The filmmaker recently praised John Goodman's portrayal of Hollywood make-up artist-turned-CIA contact John Chambers for bringing an authenticity to Argo.

Argo is now playing in the US and the UK. Watch a trailer below:

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