Affleck: Disc Release to Have Real ‘Argo’ Story11 Oct, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel
History buffs taken in by the Oct. 12 theatrical debut of Argo, the Ben Affleck-helmed fictional account of how the CIA used the ruse of filming a Hollywood movie to smuggle six Americans out of Tehran during Iran hostage crisis (1979-1981), can learn in-depth details behind the story the when the Warner Bros. movie is released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
In an interview with The Wrap, Affleck said liberties were taken to make Argo suspenseful and funny while attempting to stay true to what actually happened when Islamic revolutionaries stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran after the fall of the Shah and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.
The actor, who also stars in the film, said the CIA ruse involved considerable involvement by Canadian and other officials, including ambassador Kenneth Taylor, who devised the strategy to get the Americans out by posing as a Hollywood film crew. Taylor offers considerable insights into the covert operation, which Affleck videotaped for the record.
“[Taylor] had a lot of interesting and funny stories from before and after,” Affleck said. “And I got this idea that we could use the new technology of Blu-rays and DVDs, where you can store so much more information, to add to people’s understanding.”
Cognizant of historical and anecdotal accuracy involving such a historical event, Affleck said he interviewed on video all the “principal folks” around the fictional story about the making of a Hollywood movie and let them ramble on.
“I’ve been interviewing more people — I brought Ken out, Tony (CIA agent Tony Mendez played by Affleck in the movie), house guests, and they’re telling all the kinds of stories that you can't fit in the movie,” Affleck said.
Warner has not yet issued a retail release date for Argo, which co-stars Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Alan Arkin and John Goodman (The Artist).