The actor starred in and directed the drama, about the rescue of American diplomats from Iran during the 1970s, and he wanted to use When the Levee Breaks in a scene when one of the U.S. citizens puts a record on during the last night before their escape attempt.
Affleck, a longtime Led Zeppelin fan, admits he was desperate to use the track and vigorously pursued the British rockers to win permission, but they asked him to make a very specific change.
The film showed actor Tate Donovan putting the needle on a record, and Affleck was asked to change the shot to show the needle being placed on the correct spot on the vinyl to correspond to the song’s position on 1971 album Led Zeppelin IV.
Affleck agreed and he headed back to the editing suit in order to make the band happy.
He tells the Los Angeles Times, “Zeppelin, to me, is the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band. People say, ‘The Beatles, the Stones.’ No. It’s Zeppelin… So not only did we have to pay for the song, we had to pay for an effects shot. You have to appreciate their attention to detail, though.”