September 29, 2012 8:46 PM

With the ambitious ‘Argo,’ Ben Affleck settles in behind the camera

“My first two movies were agony,” Ben Affleck confessed, referring to “The Town” and “Gone Baby Gone,” his 2007 debut as a director, in which he did not appear. “I was terrified.” And his third? He was undaunted by “Argo,” which opens in Kansas City in mid-October and explores a little-known footnote to the Iranian hostage crisis.

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