Despite nearly unanimous positive critical reviews, some Canadians had a little beef with Ben Affleck's latest movie, "Argo."

Apparently, former Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor (who features prominently in "Argo") and some of his associates were peeved about the way he was depicted in the movie. Based around a true story, Affleck's version of events in the film has the CIA playing a major role and Canadians taking a back seat, when, according to Taylor, the reality is the exact opposite.

Affleck caught wind of Taylor's displeasure, and immediately extended an invite to the 77-year-old and his wife to fly to Los Angeles from their New York home for a private screening of the film. Affleck said to Taylor: "Frankly, if this bothers you, I'll change it."

In an interview with The Toronto Star, Taylor said "I expressed my concern with certain details in the movie. In reality, Canada was responsible for the six and the CIA was a junior partner. But I realize this is a movie and you have to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Ben was very gracious and we got along really well. There are a few points I want to address. Now Ben and I both feel free to talk about them."

After Taylor screened the film and he and Affleck spoke, the director chose to change the movie's postscript, removing some contentious text and replacing with this:

"The involvement of the CIA complemented efforts of the Canadian embassy to free the six held in Tehran. To this day the story stands as an enduring model of international co-operation between governments."


Taylor confirmed this change with political affairs specialist John Stall this morning.

Opening on October 12th, "Argo" chronicles a joint effort by the CIA and the Canadian government to rescue six Americans from Tehran after the U.S. embassy was taken over by Islamist militants in 1978. While 52 others were held hostage at the embassy, the six Americans were hidden by Canadian authorities, who worked with U.S. operatives to concoct an elaborate scheme to get them out of the country.

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