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Iran claims it will sue Hollywood over unrealistic portrayal in Argo


 

The Academy Award-winning best picture Argo is about to be slapped with a lawsuit, at least according to reports in Iranian state media.

Apparently, Iran didn’t like its “unrealistic portrayal” in Ben Affleck’s film, which is based on a true story and chronicles the rescue of American hostages during the Iranian revolution in 1979.

Several Iranian news agencies are reporting that French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre is in the country and is talking with officials about how to proceed with legal action, says Al Jazeera.

“I’ll be defending Iran against films that have been made by Hollywood to distort the country’s image, such as Argo,” Coutant-Peyre reportedly told Iranian media.

Notably, Coutant-Peyre is married to Venezuelan-born convicted terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, who is better known as “Carlos the Jackal.” She also represents Sanchez, who is serving a life sentence in a French prison. Iranian media have referred to her as an “anti-Zionist” lawyer, reports The Guardian.

Now, in a strange way, Iran and Canada can share in their concern over how they were portrayed by Affleck in Argo.

Though, Canadian Ken Taylor, who was Canada’s ambassador to Iran during the actual hostage situation, made his displeasure known during a series of media interviews, in which he politely disagreed with Affleck — not with a lawsuit.


 
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