Ben Affleck is riding high at the moment, as his new movie Argo, a thriller about true events during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-1981, has received fantastic reviews. Affleck has revived his career, turning himself from failed movie star into legitimate A-list actor and director.
He is also a well-known Hollywood liberal. So it was a little surprising Wednesday night when the actor say down with "Papa Bear" Bill O'Reilly on Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor.
During his visit, the two discussed David Petraeus, the CIA director and former commanding general of U.S. Central Command, and U.S. intelligence people who may have - to quote O'Reilly - “water-boarded” and “rendition-ed” people.
Affleck said that his movie is “really a tribute to the folks in our clandestine services, and our diplomats in the foreign services who are risking their lives.”
O'Reilly, smelling blood in the water, replied with “This is a valentine from Ben Affleck to the intelligence community. The same people who water-boarded. The same people who rendition-ed. What are your liberal friends going to say to you?”
“I don’t worry too much about what my liberal friends are going to say,” Affleck replied.
“In the back of your mind you didn’t say, ‘Look, I’m glorifying some people who maybe did bad things,’” said O’Reilly.
“I’ve been to the CIA. I met Gen. David Petraeus,” Affleck said. “These are extraordinary, honorable people at the CIA. Make no mistake about it.”
Affleck has spoken out in the past against the war in Iraq.