Rory Cochrane in "Dazed and Confused." Photo by Everett Collection
4. While the comic relief is certainly welcome, it wouldn't have worked without thoroughly establishing the tense reality of the crisis. So the actors would more deeply relate to the terror and isolation of being trapped in the ambassador's house, Affleck essentially sequestered his cast into a veritable time capsule of 1979. The actors playing the refugees took up residence in the same home where Affleck shot the scenes of them in hiding, with the house dressed in period style, the actors in period costumes, and no contact from the outside world. And while you'd think anyone in Hollywood would harrumph the prospect of being phoneless for a week, actor Rory Cochrane enjoyed the experience: "I'm really glad we did that. It was amazing how quickly we formed a rapport. It definitely aided my preparation." By the way, Cochrane appeared alongside Affleck in another 70's period film: "Dazed and Confused" (1993).