1. 34 years ago today Iranian militants took 66 hostages and held them for more than a year.  Argo is the mostly true story of the CIA operative who helmed the rescue of six U.S. diplomats who managed to escape at the outset of the 1979 Iran-US hostage crisis.  The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture and a Golden Globe for Best Director (Ben Affleck). 
Fresh Air’s Terry Gross spoke to director and star Ben Affleck earlier this year about the film and how to adapt history for the big screen:

It’s that struggle between … the bookkeeper’s reality and … the poet’s reality, and you make judgments as a director. And my judgment falls really cleanly on the line of, ‘It’s OK to embellish, it’s OK to compress, as long as you don’t fundamentally change the nature of the story and what happened.’
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    34 years ago today Iranian militants took 66 hostages and held them for more than a year.  Argo is the mostly true story of the CIA operative who helmed the rescue of six U.S. diplomats who managed to escape at the outset of the 1979 Iran-US hostage crisis.  The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture and a Golden Globe for Best Director (Ben Affleck). 

    Fresh Air’s Terry Gross spoke to director and star Ben Affleck earlier this year about the film and how to adapt history for the big screen:

    It’s that struggle between … the bookkeeper’s reality and … the poet’s reality, and you make judgments as a director. And my judgment falls really cleanly on the line of, ‘It’s OK to embellish, it’s OK to compress, as long as you don’t fundamentally change the nature of the story and what happened.’

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  1. Ben Affleck tells Terry Gross about doing the research for Argo, which is nominated for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay at this weekend’s Academy Awards:

The earliest memory I have of … world events is President Reagan’s assassination attempt, which was 1982. So this was sort of history in the same way [that] doing a movie about the Revolutionary War would have been history for me. I had to start from scratch.

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    Ben Affleck tells Terry Gross about doing the research for Argo, which is nominated for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay at this weekend’s Academy Awards:

    The earliest memory I have of … world events is President Reagan’s assassination attempt, which was 1982. So this was sort of history in the same way [that] doing a movie about the Revolutionary War would have been history for me. I had to start from scratch.

    Image courtesy of Warner Brothers

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  1. Ben Affleck on his fondness for impressions:




"I like to do impressions. … I feel a little bashful of it because I know it’s not really acting. Like, once you get into mimicry and impressions, it is a gift and a gift that I love to watch. The guy on SNL who can do Denzel, to me, it’s just amazing, but I try not to rely too much on it because I know that it’s sort of like, I used to play chess a lot with my brother and Matt [Damon] when we all lived together, and then we got into speed chess, and all the teachers will say, ‘You can’t play speed chess. It will ruin your game.’ And I think there’s something about impressions a little bit that will ruin your game, because it’s just like the fast, Chinese-food-accessible version of a character.”




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    Ben Affleck on his fondness for impressions:

    "I like to do impressions. … I feel a little bashful of it because I know it’s not really acting. Like, once you get into mimicry and impressions, it is a gift and a gift that I love to watch. The guy on SNL who can do Denzel, to me, it’s just amazing, but I try not to rely too much on it because I know that it’s sort of like, I used to play chess a lot with my brother and Matt [Damon] when we all lived together, and then we got into speed chess, and all the teachers will say, ‘You can’t play speed chess. It will ruin your game.’ And I think there’s something about impressions a little bit that will ruin your game, because it’s just like the fast, Chinese-food-accessible version of a character.”

    Image of Affleck in Argo courtesy of Warner Brothers

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    Argo

  1. The film’s climax, a series of movie-ish narrow escapes, had me leaning forward saying, “Go. Go. Go. Go. Go-go-go-go.” I was annoyed, though, to learn that after all the movie’s assurances of realism, from the prologue to photos over the credits showing the actors side by side with photos of their real-life counterparts, those terrifying close calls are all invented. If it seems too Hollywood to be true, that’s because it is.

    - David Edelstein’s review of the film, Argo:Too Good To Be True, Because It Isn’t

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