Along with piling up a fair share of awards, the true-ish rescue story of Argo was also framed around an awesome fake sci-fi film. But how much of the 2013 thriller is actually accurate?
The 2013 film, which starred and was directed by Ben Affleck, told the story of a CIA agent sent to help extract some U.S. citizens trapped in the Iranian hostage crisis. The cover story for getting in and out of the country? They’re making a huge, crazy (and completely fake) science fiction film.
Though the film follows many of the main elements of the true story, the CIA’s Twitter account has now chimed in to set the record straight as part of the 35th anniversary of the Iranian hostage crisis. They employed an entertaining “Real vs. Reel” style to break down which parts of the film are true, and how the fictional elements correlate to the actual story.
Check out all the tweets below and let us know what you think:
Reel #Argo: When the US Embassy is overtaken the 6 US diplomats go right to the Canadian ambassador's residence to live for the 3 months.— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014
Real #Argo: 5 of them went to many different places until they ended up at the homes of the Canadian Ambassador & the Dep. Chief of Mission.— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014
Real #Argo: 1 American slept on the floor of the Swedish embassy before making his way to the Canadian Ambassador’s home after 2 weeks.— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014
Real #Argo: Two CIA officers with notable forgery and exfiltration skills used their talents & knowledge to get the six out of Iran safely.— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014
Real #Argo: Carter gave approval prior to the CIA team flying to Tehran, Iran. The details were approved by policymakers in Ottawa and DC.— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014
Real #Argo: The night before the exfiltration the team received final approval; last line in that approval: "See you later, exfiltrator."— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014
Reel #Argo: Airline tickets are not waiting at the counter and have to be rechecked before the tickets are authorized and confirmed.— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014
Real #Argo: The Canadians had already purchased the tickets for the Americans. There were no issues at the counter nor the checkpoints.— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014
Reel #Argo: The Americans are detained at the airport by security guards & a call is made back to “Studio Six” to verify their identity.— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014
Real #Argo: It didn’t happen. An early flight was picked so airline officials would be sleepy & Revolutionary Guards would still be in bed.— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014
Reel #Argo: Shredded documents are pieced together to reveal the face of one of the Americans & the plane is chased down the runway.— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014
Real #Argo: Skilled carpet weavers did reconstruct shredded documents, but they didn’t reveal one of the Americans at the last moment.— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014
Reel #Argo: The plane clears Iranian air space and the Americans cheer and celebrate.— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014