Canada ambassador says he feels slighted by “Argo”


This undated publicity film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Bryan Cranston, left, as Jack O’Donnell and Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in “Argo,” a rescue thriller about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. A best-picture win at the upcoming Oscars could be viewed as righting a wrong after Affleck inexplicably missed out on a best-director nomination. AP

TORONTO— Canada’s former ambassador to Iran, who protected Americans at great personal risk during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979, said Friday if “Argo” wins the Oscar for best picture on Sunday there would be something wrong with director Ben Affleck if he didn’t mention Canada.

Ken Taylor said he continues to feel slighted by a movie that he says makes Canada look like a meek observer to CIA heroics in the rescue of six U.S. citizens caught in the crisis. He said there would be no movie if the Canadian embassy didn’t take in the Americans.

Taylor said if Affleck doesn’t say something in his acceptance speech “then it’s a further reflection” on him.

“I would hope he would,” Taylor said. “But given the events of the last while I’m not necessarily anticipating anything.”

Affleck’s CIA thriller “Argo” is widely expected to win the best-picture trophy on Sunday.

“In general it makes it seem like the Canadians were just along for the ride. The Canadians were brave. Period,” he said.

Taylor noted that Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter appeared on CNN on Thursday night and said “90 percent of the contributions to the ideas and the consummation of the plan was Canadian,” but the film “gives almost full credit to the American CIA.”

“We took the six in without being asked so it starts there,” Taylor said. “And the fact that we got them out with some help from the CIA then that’s where the story loses itself. I think Jimmy Carter has it about right, it was 90 percent Canada, 10 percent the CIA.”

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  • 12JEM

     In the movies about WW II exploits in the Philippines the Heroes were the Americans..the Filipinos who fought in Bataan, and who suffered the most in the Death March, the liberation of the camps in Cabanatuan City, Los Baños, UST…the Filipino Heoes were hardly shown or mentioned.

    So nothing new, Mr. Ambassador.

  • Noel

    In the first place, why did the Canadian Ambassador take in those Yanks?

  • napa modesto

    Agreed. I read the novel “Ghost Soldiers” which was regarding the rescue of American POWs in Cabanatuan. It was turned into a film in Hollywood titled “The Great Raid”. In the book Filipino guerrillas played a major role. However in the movie changes were made to make it look like the guerrillas were inexperienced and had to be baby sitted by the american soldiers. Also every time you see movies about WW2 you’d think that the US won it single handed. There were many countries (Canada, Britain, Russia etc.) involved and honestly the game changers were the Russians not the americans. So nothing new, just americans “peacocking” again.

  • RyanE

    C’mon.. it’s just a movie folks, not a documentary.. chill out..

  • Guest

    I love this movie because Ben Afleck’s in it. And mostly because it’s like a Frank Capra wartime propaganda movie. Before America attacks Iran openly, it’s always nice to watch a movie that justifies the impending attack. I wonder if Obama will now retract his apology to Iran for what the US did in 1953 until the fall of the Shah.

  • sepultorero

    The Americans are losers in real life that’s why they have to be heroes at least in movies.

  • mapicchu

    so much hype about ARGO…its dsappointing to know that Afflect didn’t faithfully depict the actual would have been more exciting if he came out with a documentary. sayang.

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