"Argo," the gripping new Ben Affleck film, packs a 1-3 punch. The film dramatically connects the dots between people, power and intrigue running Washington, Hollywood and Tehran during the hostage crisis – and in my own life as well.
Based on a true story, Affleck portrays CIA agent Tony Mendez and his daring rescue of six Foreign Service workers who escaped the American Embassy takeover in Iran on November 4, 1979. The film, (Affleck also directs) more than effectively blends the news and foreign policy story unraveling in these power hubs, with a successful commercial film.
Given that my life intersects these three power plays, working in Washington in TV news, spending time on that Embassy compound in 1978 and, some 20 years later, as a Hollywood studio executive (I'd be very surprised to learn of another Hollywood studio exec who spent time on...