Iran Wants to Sue Hollywood Over 'Argo'
March 13th, 2013 11:21am EDT
Isn't it kind of funny how the guy who played high school bully Fred O'Bannion in "Dazed and Confused" has grown up to make a film that has now incensed an entire country?
All of Iran (hey, that's how it reads) is up in arms over Ben Affleck's "Argo" and plans to open a lawsuit against all of Hollywood (again, that's how it reads) for the film's "unrealistic portrayal" of the country, according to Inside Movies.
"Argo" recreates the 1979 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, after which 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days and six Embassy staffers holed up at the home of the Canadian ambassador. Despite the fact that the film hasn't played in any Iranian theaters, "Argo" has been considered to be pro-CIA, anti-Iran propaganda by Iranian officials since it was released in the U.S. last October.
The decision on the lawsuit came after a group of Iranian cultural officials and movie critics had a closed screening of the film at a Tehran theater late Monday, a gathering referred to as "The Hoax of Hollywood." French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre is currently in Iran for talks with officials over how and where to file the lawsuit.
The basis of the lawsuit is broad and vague, but the general gist of it involves claims that "Argo" portrays Iranians as "too violent" and that Affleck didn't consult other documentaries on the Embassy storming or discuss reasons for the crisis. Ultimately, attendees of "The Hoax of Hollywood" dismissed "Argo" as a "violation of international cultural norms."
Iran has a history of accusing American films of presenting a distorted picture of the country, with "300," "The Wrestler" and 1991 film "Not Without My Daughter" all being criticized for their depictions of Iranian characters and customs.
We doubt anything will come of the "Argo" lawsuit, but Affleck must certainly feel like he's come a long way since playing the guy who fell in love with a lesbian in a Kevin Smith movie. Life is weird, but Hollywood will always be weirder.
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