Ever since Ben Affleck's Argo debuted at the Telluride Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival in early September, it's become one of the most-discussed awards contenders of the season, and if you ask some people, a front-runner for Best Picture. It's also, from what we hear, ridiculously entertaining, telling the story of a daring CIA project to rescue 6 hostages from the Canadian Embassy in Iran, all by faking a Hollywood production using the help of actual Hollywood insiders. The movie industry and spy stories meet all the time on film sets, but in an actual hostage situation?
Argo comes to theaters next Friday, and now Warner Bros. has released six clips from the film that, watched in order, actually give you a pretty good sense of how the rescue mission is put together, and how people like makeup artist John Chambers (John Goodman) and producer Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin) made the project possible. Take a look at them all below for your most in-depth look at Argo yet.
We start off with what looks like your average dramatic CIA meeting, until you realize the plan that the other guys are suggesting to rescue the hostages is, um, even less plausible than staging a fake movie.
From here our hero Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) heads to Hollywood, with the wild idea to make a fake movie production as cover. As he learns, though, even on a fake movie you need someone well -connected.
That someone turns out to be Lester Siegel (Arkin), who you can tell is the perfect representation of an old-school Hollywood power producer who likes nothing more than a huge challenge in front of him.
At the same time, Lester Siegel knows that if you're going to make a fake movie, you need it to be plausible-- and he's right, nobody was making Westerns in the late 70s.
Can you imagine being Tony Mendez and having to take this wild idea because to your superiors at the CIA? Even backup from Bryan Cranston (as fellow agent Jack O'Donnell) can't make that much easier.
Finally we see the Argo plan put into action, as Tony trains the hostages who will be posing as a Canadian film crew to escape from Iran.