It's no secret that Massachusetts native
. After all,
— the film that put him and
on the Hollywood map — was set there, as were his first two directorial efforts, "Gone Baby Gone" and
But the actor-director's latest film,
"I wanted to get as far away as I could from Boston
"Argo" is based on the true story of a
According to Affleck, the appeal of the film is that it's an entertaining spy
"Not in a kind of eat-your-medicine sort of way," he explained on the carpet, "but in a 'I've kind of been thrilled and laughed and been blown away' way."
As for his directorial skills, the filmmaker's costars said Affleck has easily made the transition from actor to director.
"He does it with a great aplomb, and he's extraordinarily comfortable on both sides of the camera," said
"He seems much more comfortable with it than I do."