Tehran is to fund a movie that will “correct” the distorted historical context of the recently released Hollywood movie, “Argo,” directed by the American actor, Ben Affleck, which just won the Critics’ Choice Award 2013.
Affleck’s “Argo” is based on the true story of CIA operative, Tony Mendez, who led the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis. Agent Mendez faked an ID and pretended to work on the “Argo” of the title (a sci-fi movie) in order to enter Iran and rescue the six U.S. diplomats who hid in the home of the Canadian ambassador for three months.
Affleck has had a roller-coaster week. Snubbed in the Oscar nominations he won big at last night’s Critics’ Choice Award. Now he has to learn that Tehran proposes to release a movie entitled “The General Staff” directed by Ataollah Salmanianis, which they stay will address historical inaccuracies.
“This film, which will be a huge production, should be an appropriate answer to the film “Argo,” which lacks a proper view of historical events,” The New York Times quoted Salmanianis as saying in an interview with Iran’s semiofficial Mehr news agency.
The Canadian ambassador, Kenneth Taylor, who is played by American actor Victor Garber in “Argo,” told The New York Times that he was surprised over Iran’s reaction to the movie.
“I’m not sure what the Iranians found wrong,” Taylor said. “It will be amusing to see what they take issue with. I think the Iranians know the true story of the Canadian involvement.”