Joe Clark takes a swing at Argo
Remember Argo, that film about the CIA's daring mission to rescue Ben Affleck's career? And also six American diplomats hiding in Tehran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis?
One year after the 2012 Oscar winner debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, a second film about the event has come to TIFF—but with a critically different take on things.
In fact, former prime minister Joe Clark drew cheers from the audience when he said "I think the truth is a better story" after a screening of Our Man in Tehran on Thursday (September 12).
The documentary, from directors Drew Taylor and Larry Weinstein, takes a more comprehensive look at the story behind Ben Affleck's film.
Argo drew criticism for diminishing the role of Canada's ambassador to Iran Ken Taylor in an escapade that involved smuggling American diplomats out of the country disguised as a Canadian film crew.
The operation came to be known as the Canadian Caper, after Taylor and deputy John Sheardown secretly housed the Americans for three months when the U.S. Embassy was invaded by militants. They also secured plane tickets and Canadian passports for the refugees.
Sheardown is conspicuously absent from Argo, but Taylor—miffed by the film's suggestion that his role was merely cover for CIA heroics—publicly took Affleck to task for the film's "disgraceful and insulting" inaccuracies.
Both Taylor and Joe Clark appear in Our Man in Tehran to set the record straight.