The Iran response to “Argo” has thousands of fans of the hit movie talking this week — both in the U.S. and abroad — as Upcoming Yahoo News reported this Monday, Feb. 25, that Ben Affleck is continuing to make headlines today following “Argo’s” big night at the Oscars this weekend. “Argo” has allegedly encouraged Tehran to create its own film based on the critical response to the cinematic blockbuster.
Director Ben Affleck’s film, “Argo,” tells the story of an intense rescue of U.S. diplomats during the dangerous hostage crisis in Iran, which has most recently led to Tehran wanting to create its own film of an “ahistorical’ event.
Before winning the Best Picture award at the Oscars, Affleck’s “Argo” went on to spur Tehran to fund a film that is currently in its beginning stages but is now titled, “The General Staff.” It tells the story of 20 American hostages handed to the U.S. by revolutionaries in Iran, said a confirmed report from Mehr News, an agency in Iran.
“This film, which will be a big production, should be an appropriate response to the ahistoric film ‘Argo,’” said Ataollah Salmanian, the director of the Iranian film, adds Mehr. “’Argo’ claims to be based on a true story rather than to constitute a scrupulous retelling of exactly what took place, and its deviations from reality have been documented.”
The Iran response to “Argo” has been an overall negative one, as Iranian officials and citizens have reportedly found the movie’s depiction of the people and country as “skewed” and “offensive," noted the release.