Ben Affleck Hated His '70s Beard and Hair for 'Argo'

Ben Affleck has emerged as one of Hollywood's most talented actors-turned-directors. But when it comes to his newest period drama Argo, he has one major complaint -- the floppy '70s hair and full beard he had to sport throughout the film.

The film follows him playing a CIA extraction specialist tasked with concocting a believable cover for getting six Americans out of Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis at the U.S. Embassy. 

To play the part, Affleck, 40, grew his hair out into a shag and let his facial get wild and free.

"I hated it!" Affleck admitted at a Saturday press conference promoting Argo at the Toronto International Film Festival. "I had to grow out this Davy Jones/Barry Gibb thing I had on my head. I knew I was doing the movie far enough in advance that I knew I could grow it out."

The actor-director, who also starred in his last drama, The Town, says all of his prestigious cast -- which includes Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and his and wife Jennifer Garner's close friend Victor Garber -- did what they had to do to get into character -- funky '70s looks and all.

"Everybody went for it. There was no vanity among the actors." Affleck said.

The cast could have worried about their wardrobe and hair saying, "'No, I gotta look good in the movie,'" Affleck explained. But instead, they were all ready to do what was best for their roles. "It was all 'how much can I look like the real people'?"

Argo hits theaters on Oct. 12, 2012.

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