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CIA agent talks real-life events that inspired ‘Argo’

CIA agent talks real-life events that inspired ‘Argo’

After answering a mysterious ad reading “artist wanted,” Tony Mendez ended up launching a long career in the CIA. He talks with TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager about his undercover work in Iran in the 1980s that inspired the movie “Argo.”

'Argo' Film's Inspiration: The Real Tony Mendez

‘Argo’ Film’s Inspiration: The Real Tony Mendez

Ben Affleck, former CIA Agent Tony Mendez talk about adapting the true "Argo" story for film.

Argo: Lord Of Light

Argo: Lord Of Light

Ex-CIA operative Antonio Mendez explains how hostages were smuggled out of Iran under the guise of a location scout for a movie based on Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light.

Argo Major Motion Picture Trailer

Argo Major Motion Picture Trailer

Based on true events, Warner Bros. Pictures' and GK Films' dramatic thriller "Argo" chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis--the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades.

Starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Kerry Bishé

Argo movie hits theaters on October 12, 2012.

Read: Oscar buzz at Toronto
Argo Press Conference

Argo Press Conference

At the Toronto International Film Festival, Ben Affleck’s Argo is being touted as a sure thing for high-visibility nominations, including best picture and best director.

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Tony Mendez: Argo's Real Life Hero

Tony Mendez: Argo’s Real Life Hero

For years, CIA agent Tony Mendez's exploits extracting key figures from hot zones remained classified information. Now, Ben Affleck's new film Argo, debuting at TIFF, will shine Hollywood's spotlight on the retired spy behind the so-called Canadian Caper. Nick Purdon reports.