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Alan Arkin on board for Ben Affleck’s ARGO

Julian Stark

by: Julian Stark
June 11th, 2011

Alan Arkin negotiates for a role in Ben Affleck's ARGO

Since winning an Oscar for the 2006 feature LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, Alan Arkin has returned to prominence in Hollywood. He starred in last year’s DUE DATE alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis and will be seen in both THE CHANGE-UP and THE MUPPETS later this year. Those films aim to be fun comedies, but one feature he’s currently circling definitely doesn’t fit that description at all.

Variety reports that Alan Arkin’s negotiating to star in Ben Affleck’s ARGO as Lester Siegel, a film producer and O.S.S. veteran. The film will focus on how the Canadian government and CIA cooperated to save kidnapped U.S. diplomats; Joshuah Bearman’s "How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue American from Tehran," an article that appeared in Wired magazine in 2007, will serve as the source material for ARGO.

Arkin is an exceptional actor who possesses an insight into the art of comedic acting that you don’t see every day. He should be able to do wonders with this role, and his casting makes me all the more excited to see ARGO develop.

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