The drama around Ben Affleck’s unexpected Oscars snub last year nearly overshadowed the amazing, almost unbelievable true story behind “Argo.” The flick is based on CIA operative Tony Mendez’s creative rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran, during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. How did he do it? Mendez and the CIA staged a totally fake movie in order to get close to the hostages. In order to appear completely authentic, they wrote an actual script, hired a crew and took out realistic advertisements for the film in entertainment magazines such as Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Talk about dedication. —XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photo: Warner Bros)
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