Hollywood doesn't often adapt stories about Canadians, but actor-director Ben Affleck's new film, "Argo," heavily features several real-life Canadian characters. The spy thriller is a dramatic retelling of the incredible "Canadian caper," a joint U.S.-Canada covert operation to rescue six American diplomats from Iran in the wake of the 1979 hostage crisis. It's the kind of story that seems made for the movies.
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Told from the U.S. perspective, Affleck stars as Tony Mendez, the CIA officer responsible for overseeing the exfiltration of the diplomats. The cover story for the daring escape was that the six Americans were part of a Canadian film crew scouting locations in Tehran for a low-budget sci-fi movie called "Argo."
But real Canadians were also involved in the operation. While Mendez set up the escape, the American diplomats were sheltered in the home of Canada's ambassador to Iran, Ken Taylor -- appropriately played by the Canadian Victor Garber ("Alias," "Milk").
Garber is one of the many talented names featured in the Affleck-directed picture. The supporting cast includes the likes of Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"), John Goodman ("The Artist"), Alan Arkin ("Little Miss Sunshine"), Clea DuVall ("The Faculty"), and Rory Cochrane ("Dazed and Confused"). "Argo" also has some serious star power behind the camera: George Clooney is one of the producers.
This is not the first time the story of the caper has been turned into a movie. A 1981 Canadian TV movie called "Escape From Iran: The Canadian Caper" told the event from the Canucks' perspective and starred Gordon Pinsent ("Away From Her") as Ken Taylor.
"Argo" is set for release on October 12, 2012.
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