Ben Affleck hopes for wide appeal with amazing true-life tale Argo

Ben Affleck has talked about directing his first film set outside Boston in the comedic thriller Argo, based on the true story of a bold rescue during the Iran hostage crisis.

Affleck, who also stars in the film," previously directed the acclaimed Gone Baby Gone and The Town.

He's traveling well outside his comfort zone for his latest, shooting in Washington and Turkey. The says he hopes his new film has wider appeal and is more fun – despite the serious real-life secret rescue it's based on.

He said: “It's a really, really funny movie, and it's a really, really tense movie, and those are both things I really like when I go to the movies.”

The movie has already won some Oscar buzz after warm receptions at festival screenings.

It chronicles a joint effort by the CIA and the Canadian government to rescue six Americans from Tehran after the US embassy was taken over by Islamist militants in 1979.

While 52 others were held hostage at the embassy, the six Americans were hidden by Canadian authorities, who worked with US operatives to concoct an elaborate scheme to get them out of the country.

Afflect explained: "The CIA comes up with this plot to get them out posing as a movie crew.

“The CIA goes in and pulls them out. And I don't want to give away the very end, but all of that is true.

"What happens is slightly unwieldy – true stories don't really fit in three act structures. The art of it is finding a way to make it work as a movie without betraying the truth of it."

  • Argo is released on November 7