The facts and fiction behind the ben affleck movie. Tony mendez is an ex filtration specialist who proposes that they pose as a canadian film crew scouting locations for a science fiction movie called argo. How to master creative liberties in true story screenplays. It certainly sounds like the sort of debauch stuff that the high and mighty of the th century might have done but the ugly fact may be that its actually mere fiction. Find a historical tale very few are familiar with, and tell it with the gusto of great fiction i. It is a fictionalized account of a real cia operation in 1980, in which six escaped american hostages were rescued from iran under the pretense of location scouting for a film adaptation of lord of light. Cia takes to twitter to separate argo fact from fiction. The events depicted in this film took place in minnesota in 1987. In fact, the backstory behind the fake argo is even more byzantine than depicted in the real argo. The film, directed by academy award winning actor ben affleck, tells the story of former cia officer antonio mendez and. It went on to become the bestselling christian single of all time. In fact, the reality is that the plan went off very smoothly, and the americans left iran with little to no resistance at all.
During our 10year association, he had proven to be a great story and joke teller. One of the paintings shown in the movie is picassos les demoiselles davignon shown here, which depicts five prostitutes in a brothel. Argos central, nutty storylinein which the cia establishes a fake movie production, complete with a full script and ads in variety and the. Rogers in cinemas now, but some of the true story has been changed for the film. Moreover, it calls attention to how the film could have been something quite different. Historical fact checkers had a field day when it came to parsing out the constructs of fiction in alejandro g. The truth which argo artfully obscures is that the cover story was never. Quartz is owned by uzabase, the business intelligence and media. Braveheart the 10 historical inaccuracies you need to know. Screenwriter chris terrio adapted the screenplay from the book by the u. The truth behind colonia is more dramatic than its fiction emma watson as lena, and daniel bruhl as daniel in the movie colonia. Ben afflecks movie, argo, claims to be a true story and while its widely regarded as one of the best pictures of the year. Argo is a 2012 american historical drama thriller film directed by ben affleck.
While afflecks movie stays relatively true to the story, some parts deviated from the real operation. Ron howards oscarwinning a beautiful mind unfolds as a psychothriller, mentalillness melodrama, and touching romance depending on the scene, but fits into a peg hole easier than the unpredictable story behind it. Argo ben afflecks gripping cia thriller sends reality into a tailspin its brilliantly tense and exciting, but despite a lot of authentic touches this film doesnt hold true to the real. Going back to our definitions once again, this means that what we, the audience of argo, witness is dramatized history. Movies based on real events often take creative liberties, veering from the truth for dramatic effect. Dec 05, 2011 however, braveheart is neither the first nor the last movie to have adapted primae noctis as a storydevice and we can definitely see why its used in the film. A great escape that takes some leaps ben afflecks argo chronicles a covert operation to rescue six americans during the iran hostage crisis. The true story behind the new movie argo about how cia operatives posing as a hollywood production team rescued six americans hiding in iran during the 1979 embassy crisis.
The truth behind colonia is more dramatic than its. Argo combines an appropriate sense of humor with a devastating piece of history that younger generations know little about. Hollywood, the hollywood reporter included, merely played along with the ruse unwittingly. An exciting movie that it kept us on the edge of our seats. It is a fictionalized account of a real cia operation in 1980, in which six escaped american hostages were rescued from iran under the pretense of location scouting for a film. This is an obvious point of humor in the movie, but it also raises the question as to whether or not these paintings were in fact part of titanic history. Using hollywood connections, mendez creates a back story for the movie ads in variety, casting calls, inviting he media to a production launch and then heads off to iran to lead the six.
At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. The true story behind ben afflecks globewinning film. Jul 14, 2017 the true story behind operation argo to rescue americans from iran. Now that moviegoers are finally seeing rocketman, a definitive fact check is in order for the fantasyinclined elton john biopic. The film, directed by academy award winning actor ben affleck, tells the story of former cia officer antonio mendez and his daredevil plan to. This may sound like a typical hollywood idea, however, it was based on a true story which only came to light years later, after the us secret service released old documents. The cia finally sets the record straight on the true story behind argo. Steven spielbergs movie captures the essence of the cold war in the tale of a man whose legend was so encompassing, u. As a disguise, mendez and his team pretend to shoot an exotic science fiction movie argo. Argo s director, ben affleck, has been quoted as saying, because we say its based on a true story, rather than this is a true story, were allowed to take some dramatic license.
The odd hollywood history behind ben afflecks argo. The central intelligence agency wants to set the record straight on argo, the 2012 oscarwinning film about a daring rescue operation in iran. The fake fake argo in this movie is a star wars ripoff. Argo ben afflecks gripping cia thriller sends reality into a tailspin. Henson and sam rockwell star in a film that explores the true story of an unlikely friendship between a civil rights activist and a kkk president. Oct 16, 2012 argo, an espionage drama, is opening in u. The true story behind operation argo to rescue americans. Selma has opened a very large and overdue debate over whether and how much truth the movie industry owes to the public. The cia finally sets the record straight on the true. Oct 15, 2012 a postscript during the films end titles citing the argo incident as a model of international cooperation makes much more sense when you keep those facts in mind. Oct 12, 2012 argo, the new movie from actordirector ben affleck, has mostly been getting ravesincluding a qualified but fairly strong endorsement from slates own dana stevens, who calls it a. Argo, the new movie from actordirector ben affleck, has mostly been getting ravesincluding a qualified but fairly strong endorsement from slates own dana stevens, who calls it a rollicking yarn and easily the most cohesive and technically accomplished of afflecks three films so far. In addition to some interesting behindthescenes tidbits the six houseguests actually lived on the set together for a week to simulate the experience of stifling close quarters, the conversation turned, as it does a lot these days around movies, to truth vs.
Find out which details of the 20 best picture winner were true, and which were hollywood fabrications. Over 30 new images from director ben afflecks argo, starring john goodman, bryan cranston, kyle chandler, and alan arkin. Yes, the storyboards were created, but the real story behind argo reveals that tony mendez never gave them to the officers at the airport argo. Yes, but in researching the argo true story, we discovered that unlike what is shown in the film, tony mendez did not act as the interrogator. Argo is a 2012 dramathriller directed by and starring ben affleck, and produced by affleck, grant heslov and george clooney. It succeeds, wonderfully, as the kind of movie that can save your life from boredom for a couple of hours, but it. Movies based on real events often take creative liberties, veering. Despite some of the hollywood aspects, this is still the most realistic movie about naval combat ever made, commented retired navy rear adm. Yes, its based on a true story the movie does its best to allude that it sticks to technical accuracy.
Nov 10, 2014 read how the argo mission really went down. A classic case of deception central intelligence agency. Jan 14, 20 but how much of it is true and how much is fiction. The screenplay for the film was written by navy veteran wes tooke. Fiction argo hails from hollywood, so the movie houseguests endure a whole lot more of all kinds of jeopardy than apparently happened in real life. It was created by titanic screenwriter and director james cameron. We needed something catchy from eastern culture or mythology. Some people who see the movie might not have realized that bart millards song i can only imagine became a hit in 2001, 17 years prior to the movie s release. In addition to rose and jack, a handful of other characters associated with them are fictional as well. Thats most definitely true of ben afflecks argo, as the central intelligence agency was quick to point out on friday in a game of fact vs. Thats one of those movie moments where you might go, thats a hollywood whopper, says cox. Feb 26, 20 on the heels of oscar nights unsurprising coda made all the more bizarre by the inclusion of michelle obama, surrounded by awkwardlooking military personnel, presenting the best picture to. The true story behind ben afflecks globewinning film bbc. The film was directed by jay roach trumbo and written by charles randolph the big short, who breaks down whats fact, fiction and somewhere in.
Oct 12, 2012 ben afflecks excellent thriller argo does what all films based upon true stories should. Separate the argo real story from the ben affleck argo movie fiction. After two months of the canadians putting their lives on the line everyday, the cia and the us state department try to come up with a plan to get their people out. The canadian caper was the joint covert rescue by the canadian government and the cia of six american diplomats who had evaded capture during the seizure of the united states embassy in tehran, iran, on november 4, 1979, after the iranian revolution, when islamist students took most of the american embassy personnel hostage, demanding the return of the usbacked shah for trial. The agency has tweeted what really happened 35 years. On the 35th anniversary of the iran hostage crisis, the ciathrough its twitter accountfactchecked ben afflecks oscarwinning 2012 film. He once told a group of us a profane knockknock joke, with the word argo in the punch line.
The americans posed as the pictures production crew to escape. Dark waters follows the true story of robert bilotts uphill legal battle against the dupont chemical company. Various pieces of concept art for the film still exist today and have appeared on display in spy related exhibits around the us. Historical pictures of flag burners, rioters, gate climbers, etc up against argo film stills run by during the credits make it seem that the facts were adhered to down to the tiniest detail. Jun 06, 2017 ben affleck premiered argo last year at the toronto international film festival, so he knew what canadians thought of his movie long before oscar night.
The trailer, located to the right, advertises the film as based on a true story. Aug 08, 2016 argo s director, ben affleck, has been quoted as saying, because we say its based on a true story, rather than this is a true story, were allowed to take some dramatic license. Remember jim garrisons played brilliantly by kevin costner emotional climactic closing remarks in oliver stones jfk. With a strongly adapted script and a hell of a standout cast, particularly by goodman, arkin and cranston, arguing fact vs. Thats most definitely true of ben afflecks argo, as the central. Jerome and i then set about picking a name for our movie. It almost goes without saying that you have to allow room for some creative leeway and exaggerationchanges for dramatic effect something i addressed last year with an examination of the truth vs. A postscript during the film s end titles citing the argo incident as a model of international cooperation makes much more sense when you keep those facts in mind. The movie argo, up for seven oscars at this years academy awards, is based on the true story of the cia rescue of americans in tehran during.
Among them are lincoln, zero dark thirty, hitchcock and ben afflecks argo, which chronicles a covert operation that involved creating a fake hollywood film to rescue six americans during the iran hostage crisis. On the 35th anniversary of the iranian hostage crisis, the cia released a series of tweets pointing out the factual flaws in argo. Oct 22, 2012 but argo is not nearly as epistemologically savvy as singer makes it out to be. In the movie, watson bryant is a lone attorney taking on the system who ends up as richard jewells lawyer by virtue of the fact that he is the only one jewell knows. Explore the argo true story and meet the real tony mendez aka kevin harkins. Browse our true stories section to discover the realities behind movies based on true stories. Argo s central, nutty storylinein which the cia establishes a fake movie production, complete with a full script and ads in variety and the hollywood reporter, in order to rescue six. Us weekly film critic mara reinstein separates the rocketman facts from fiction more. Sorting out fact and fiction and whats true and whats not. How the cia used a fake scifi flick to rescue americans from tehran. Hidden figures, the inspiring new film about the africanamerican women who made it possible for nasa to send a man to space, is getting great. A beautiful day in the neighbourhood is the new movie starring tom hanks as mr. Could ben afflecks argo have been more entertaining had it stuck closer to the facts of its truestory inspiration.
November 5, 2012 february 16, 2017 courtney young 14 comments. Oct 15, 2012 so unlike in the movie, there was no perusing of dozens of scripts until argo was found, because chambers immediately knew of the perfect scifi script with a desert location the recently. Just how accurate was ben afflecks 2012 movie argo. Central intelligence agency operative tony mendez, the master of disguise, and the 2007 wired article by joshuah bearman, the great escape. The true story behind the new movie argo about how cia operatives posing. A cia agent remembers the political drama argo is based on the real story of a ciaplanned rescue in revolutionary iran. Ben afflecks film argo tells how in 1980 the cia with canadian help sprang a group of.
Mar 15, 20 they fled from a mob of protesters who took anotehr 50 americans as hostages in the american embassy. Ben afflecks film argo tells how in 1980 the cia with canadian help sprang a group of americans from iran. Argo onesheet poster you know they are going to fold it to fit it in the box, so it will have creases right down the middle map of tehran movie locations 14 x 20 reproduction of tony mendezs cia id card so if you enjoyed the movie, then you might want to consider picking this up. Remember the pulsepounding sequence at the end of argo where the iranians are chasing the plane down the runway. But how much of it is true and how much is fiction. Mtv news helps you out with movie about 1979 iranian hostage crisis. Argo images featuring ben affleck, john goodman, and bryan. The cia finally sets the record straight on the true story. Were storyboard drawings really created for the fake movie. Agency was quick to point out on friday in a game of fact vs. I had no problem pretending to be in the movie industry. Nov 11, 2014 on the 35th anniversary of the iranian hostage crisis, the cia released a series of tweets pointing out the factual flaws in argo. Theres a spirit of truth, and technically thats accurate. The truth which argo artfully obscures is that the cover story was never tested and in some ways proved irrelevant to the escape.469 178 46 988 1085 743 212 754 429 424 1254 1426 649 1039 658 722 19 906 1021 1167 483 943 279 117 795 1049 451 14 1287 1161 1102 538 127 938 468 456 1087 784 153 918 1312 822 1448 921 719