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'Argo's' Real Tony Mendez Says He Is Not Hispanic

01/11/2013 09:55 am ET

For the Latino moviegoers who already saw Argo or who will now see it due to the 7 Oscar nominations it received today from the Academy, you might be plunged into the controversy that has arisen from the big reveal in the movie – Ben Affleck, who directs and stars in the film, plays the lead role character named Tony Mendez, an obvious Latino.

So why did Affleck, an Irish guy, play him as opposed to a Latino actor? What did Tony Mendez, the real life CIA agent that inspired the film think? And is he really a Latino (couldn’t find any detailed news on his heritage on the web)?Many people are upset at Affleck’s logic here, but I decided to go to the source, Mendez himself, and interview him about his Latino roots and Affleck’s decision not to hire a Latino thespian to play the lead role.

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