Ben Affleck is somewhat flattered that the government of Iran is financing a movie called The General Staff based on the story told in his movie Argo that came out of the 1979-81 hostage crisis.

“You have to understand, this is a sort of Stalinist regime in this place that is extremely repressive,” Affleck tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s governing a nation full of millions of wonderful, amazing people, so to be part of this movieArgo that seems to have kids up and paying attention so this Stalinist regime feels the need to sort of push back somehow, I think is a tremendous badge of honor.”