Ben Affleck - Oscar-winning Argo To Be Sued By Iran?
Iran furious with the Oscar-winning 1979 American hostage portrayal
According to Sky News, there are several media reports coming out Iran that the country is considering suing the makers of Argo for it believes to be an “unrealistic portrayal” of the country.
Argo was intended by its director Ben Affleck to be relatively neutral, as it focused on a tale of six real-life American hostages who escaped from the country back in 1979, however it has come under fierce attack from the country it was portraying, with the film receiving a huge backlash, talks of Iranian film studios making and filming a riposte to the feature – which won best picture at this year’s Oscars – and, now, possible legal action.
French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre is apparently in Iran for talks with officials over how they might go about filing a lawsuit and who they might aim it at. The lawyer has a history of politically-charged cases; he is also the lawyer for the Venezuelan-born terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, better known as Carlos the Jackal - currently serving a life sentence for killing two French agents and a government informant, as well as 11 others. A meeting called The Hoax Of Hollywood was apparently called in which officials discussed ways in which they could sue the film makers. It’s unclear what route they could take, though they did reportedly dismiss it as a "violation of international cultural norms".
Ben Affleck at the Oscars, but his film's in hot water overseas