CATEGORIES MoviesEver since 'Argo' came out, Canadians have been critiquing the skewed portrayal of America's contribution to the daring Iran hostage rescue - and now we've got a former U.S. president on our side.
Jimmy Carter appeared Thursday on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight and offered some fact checking for the Oscar-nominated film.
"Ninety per cent of the contributions to the ideas and consummation of the plan was Canadian, and the movie gives almost full credit to the American CIA," Carter told Morgan.
And if anyone would know, it's Carter. He was President in 1979 when the American embassy in Tehran was stormed by protesters and militants, taking 55 embassy workers hostage. Six diplomats managed to escape and were kept safe by the Canadian ambassador to Iran, Ken Taylor. 'Argo' dramatizes the "Canadian Caper" - the plot that helped the six Americans escape under the guise of a film team.
In 'Argo,' CIA agent Tony Mendez and other U.S. officials are shown as the ringleaders of the plan, but Carter said ambassador Taylor was the true hero of the tale.
Taylor himself has also criticized the movie's accuracy, recently saying the film's screenwriter "had no idea what he's talking about."
Star and director Ben Affleck even added a postscript to the film, after speaking to Taylor about his grievances, to clarify America's efforts:
"The involvement of the CIA complemented efforts of the Canadian embassy to free the six held in Tehran. To this day the story stands as an enduring model of international co-operation between governments."
However, issues with accuracy aside, Carter had high praise for the film.
"It's a great drama, and I hope it gets an Academy Award for best film because I think it deserves it," he told Morgan.