Life imitating art

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / July 28, 2011

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Talk about bizarre. Ben Affleck’s Boston-based film “The Town’’ was invoked during the ongoing debt-ceiling talks in D.C. According to the Washington Post, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California tried to motivate fellow Republicans to support House Speaker John Boehner’s debt plan by playing a clip from the movie. In the scene, Affleck’s character, a bank robber, asks his friend, played by Jeremy Renner, 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. The clip apparently had the desired effect on Florida Republican Allen West, who stood up and said: “I’m ready to drive the car.’’ Asked about the exchange, Affleck - who’s currently in Turkey, directing and starring in “Argo’’ - was confused. “I don’t know if this is a compliment or the ultimate repudiation,’’ he told The Huffington Post. “But if they’re going to be watching movies, I think ‘The Company Men’ is more appropriate.’’ Also shot in Boston and co-starring Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, and Maria Bello, “The Company Men’’ is a downsizing drama focused on the plight of middle-aged men who have been laid off during the recession.