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Ben Affleck is playing an unlikely role in the ongoing debt ceiling debate in Washington DC.
On Tuesday, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) tried to motivate Republicans to back House Speaker John Boehner‘s debt plan by playing a clip from Affleck’s movie, The Town, the Washington Post reports.
In the scene, Affleck’s character, a bank robber, asks his friend to help him commit a crime. “I need your help. I can’t tell you what it is. You can never ask me about it later,” he says. “Whose car are we gonna take,” replies the friend.
After, Rep Allen West (R-Fla.), stood up and voiced his support of the plan: “I’m ready to drive the car.”
Affleck, who is currently in Turkey directing and starring in Argo, tells the Huffington Post, “I don’t know if this is a compliment or the ultimate repudiation.
“But if they’re going to be watching movies, I think The Company Men is more appropriate,” he adds, referring to his movie about middle-aged men who lost their jobs during the recession. One of them kills himself because he’s so depressed about being unemployed.
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