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Ben Affleck says his 2012 drama-thriller Argo ‘will no longer be made theatrically’

Ben Affleck has said he doesn’t believe his 2012 drama-thriller feature Argo will get a theatrical release today, as the pandemic has turned the appetite of moviegoers.

During a sit down with Entertainment Weekly, which was moderated by the actor’s longtime friend Matt Damon, the 49-year-old filmmaker commented that the most recent box-office successes have been blockbuster entries in major franchises.

The Gone Girl star also said that he was looking towards using a limited series model for future dramatic storytelling.

Sharing his thoughts: Ben Affleck expressed that his 2012 drama-thriller feature Argo will not experience a theatrical release in modern times during an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

Affleck began the conversation by noting that the thriller, which also starred John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston, would not do well in modern theaters.

‘If I had to bet, now a play like Argo wouldn’t be made theatrically. That was not long ago. It will be a limited series,’ he said.

He predicted about the status of successful films in the near future.

The actor said: ‘I think movies in theaters are going to be more expensive, event-based. They’re going to be mostly for young people, and mostly “Hey, I’m in the Marvel Universe, I can’t wait to see what happens next.”

straight to the point: during the sit-down, the actor expressed that 'a drama like Argo will no longer be theatrically ... it will be a limited series';  He is seen in 2021

straight to the point: during the sit-down, the actor expressed that ‘a drama like Argo will no longer be theatrically … it will be a limited series’; He is seen in 2021

Affleck predicted ’40 movies a year would be theatrical, probably – all IP, sequels, animated.’

The Mallrats cast member then said that he understood that one of his recent theatrical efforts was not going to do well at the box office.

‘When The Way Back came out, released the week they closed theaters [for the pandemic], But even before this I knew about this film that grief and the death of a child and alcoholism and recovery would not get adults in the seats,’ he said.

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Affleck also discussed how the rise of the long-form series was becoming one of the most successful methods for dramatic expression.

Serious Feeling: The cast member of Mallrats talks about how he understood that one of his recent theatrical efforts was not going to do well at the box office.

Serious Feeling: The cast member of Mallrats spoke about how he understood that one of his recent theatrical efforts was not going to do well at the box office.

New Direction: Affleck also discussed how the rise of the long-form series was becoming one of the most successful methods for dramatic expression

New Direction: Affleck also discussed how the rise of the long-form series was becoming one of the most successful methods for dramatic expression

He added: ‘We were just talking about Narcos: Mexico, Succession, the mare of Easttown. These amazing things are being done on streamers.

The actor said the new shows were “not just some formulaic TV procedural like when we were kids.” And you could only watch it on 11 inch black and white TV like my father.’

Affleck then noted that the commercial failure of one of his most recent theatrical efforts had taken him by surprise.

‘The Last Duel really achieved it for me. I have bad movies that don’t work and I don’t blink. I know why people didn’t go, because they weren’t good,’ he said.

Shocked: Affleck then noted that the commercial failure of one of his most recent theatrical efforts had taken him by surprise;  he is seen in 2021

Shocked: Affleck then noted that the commercial failure of one of his most recent theatrical efforts had taken him by surprise; he is seen in 2021

The artist expressed that he was proud of the work he and his collaborators, including Damon, had accomplished with the project.

‘I liked what we did. I like what we had to say. I am really proud of this. So I was really confused,’ he said.

Affleck concluded by pointing out that the feature’s domestic viewership strengthened his views on the matter.

‘And then to see if it did well on streaming, I thought, “Okay, there you go. That’s where the audience is,” he said.

From the comfort of home: Affleck concluded by pointing out that the feature's domestic viewership strengthened his views on the matter;  He is seen in 2021

From the comfort of home: Affleck concluded by pointing out that the feature’s domestic viewership strengthened his views on the matter; he is seen in 2021

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