ENTERTAINMENT
12/28/2012 10:12 am ET

'Argo's' Real People: Individuals Who Inspired Characters Speak Out About Film, Hostage Crisis

Ben Affleck's "Argo" tells a taut version of the events surrounding the Iranian hostage crisis. At the center of his mostly true thriller are six American embassy workers who, upon fleeing the American embassy, took refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador to Iran.

Some critics have questioned the veracity of certain details in the movie, and Affleck and screenwriter Chris Terrio defended some half-truths in a lengthy interview with The Wrap. But now Warner Bros. is upping the ante in a new video clip that features the real-life "house guests" essentially co-signing the film.

Also appearing in the featurette are Ken Taylor, the former Canadian ambassador to Iran, and "Argo" actors Alan Arkin, John Goodman and Bryan Cranston. Affleck makes a cameo as well. "I had the photos of the real people up," the star and director says. "I was trying to be in the zone of how they really looked, but more and more I just started thinking, you know, I just need it to be real. I needed actors willing to take risks, willing to improvise and most of all, I needed actors with a sort of granular realism."

Granular realism aside, Affleck is benefitting from stellar performances from his cast of house guests. "Argo" has lined up a plethora of awards (Golden Globes nominations included) and "best of the year" mentions, and is sure to be on the receiving end of some Oscar consideration.

Watch the clip above. Let us know what you think about just how true "Argo" is in the comments.

PHOTO GALLERIES
'Argo' Stills

Subscribe to the Entertainment email.
Home to your favorite fan theories and the best movie recs.

CONVERSATIONS