Well he has not seen the movie, which I am sure is terrific, but what were the movie-makers thinking not engaging him! He is not impressed!
How dense are these arrogant Hollywood (or Massachestts) people? Well, pretty dense, and they are joined by all the TIFF acolytres who want Argo to be a great success story of the 2012 incarnation.
Ken Taylor will have none of it.
“So much of the movie is total ﬁction,” says the 77-year-old former ambassador on the phone from his home in Manhattan. “My concern is that we’re portrayed as innkeepers who are waiting to be saved by the CIA.”
For some reason this seems a small surprise given this:
Taylor has not seen the movie. He wasn’t invited to the premiere. Neither the filmmakers nor Victor Garber, the Canadian actor who plays him, contacted him during production. “It’s been a total wall of silence,” says Taylor. But he’s seen the trailer, and friends who saw the TIFF screening in Toronto described the film in detail by phone. “My impression is that it’s very entertaining,” says Taylor. “I’m not feeling offended. It’s their movie. But it totally distorts the relationship between Canada and the U.S. with respect to the episode. I just think they didn’t want to be bothered with the facts. It’s a good story, which they stole.”
This does not really amaze me.
But Argo’s magniﬁcation of the U.S. role is “absolute nonsense,” says Taylor. “The departure went very smoothly. I bought the airline tickets—I bought sets from three different airlines and paid cash. And I had the ﬁnal veto. For every hour spent in Washington, there were two spent in Ottawa. Mendez did not become involved until a month after we’d taken over. He spent two days there.”
I REALLY loved this comment from Affleck.
“Because we say it’s based on a true story, rather than this is a true story,” he said, “we’re allowed to take some dramatic licence. There’s a spirit of truth.”
That sounds to me like a stupid man talking. But he is actually a pretty good director in my experience, though not much of an actor.