Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Antonio Mendez gives an account of leading the 1979 rescue of six American hostages from Iran. He's joined by his wife, Jonna Mendez, also a former CIA agent. Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled off the Most Audacious Rescue in History, written with Matt Baglio, tells the full story of how Mendez, a top-level CIA officer, devised an incredibly risky plan to rescue the six escaped hostages. He disguised himself as a Hollywood producer and traveled to Tehran under the guise of scouting locations for a fake science fiction film called “Argo.”


Antonio Mendez and Jonna Mendez

Comments [4]

Michael from New York City

Wow - Excellent interview. My wife and I enjoyed it a lot. So, we rented the DVD movie and enjoyed it too. All the actors were very good, especially John Goodman and Alan Arkin. Ben Affleck, most likely gave his best performance ever. Hopefully, someday Tony will identify the two Hollywood guys - played by Goodman and Arkin - - who deserve a salute as much as Tony. Michael Z, NYC

Jan. 04 2013 09:22 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I thought I remembered that the "students" who invaded the embassy & took the hostages were Marxists. Maybe that should be in quotes the same as "students."

Sep. 18 2012 12:33 PM
John A

What was to be the plot of the film, if it were made? Did you have a full script? Describe this film to me, as if an Iranian.

Sep. 18 2012 12:21 PM

Has Antonio read Time Weiner's book Legacy of Ashes and what did he think of it? I discovered Mr. Mendez's activities in CIA in that book. Thanks

Sep. 18 2012 12:17 PM

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