ARGO Production Notes
Release Date: October 12, 2012 Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Director: Ben Affleck Screenwriter: Chris Terrio Starring: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Kerry Bishe, Kyle Chandler, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Victor Garber, Zeljko Ivanek, Richard Kind, Scoot McNairy, Chris Messina, Michael Parks, Taylor Schilling Genre: Drama, Thriller MPAA Rating: R (for language and some violent images) Official Website: Argothemovie.com STUDIO SYNOPSIS: Based on true events, "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. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA "exfiltration" specialist named Tony Mendez (Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.
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Synopsis Based on real events, the dramatic thriller "Argo" chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis, focusing on the little-known role that the CIA and Hollywood played—information that was not declassified until many years after the event. Academy Award® winner Ben Affleck ("The Town," "Good Will Hunting") directs and stars in the film, which is produced by Oscar® nominee Grant Heslov ("Good Night, and Good Luck."), Affleck, and Oscar® winner George Clooney ("Syriana"). On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, the Canadian and American governments ask the CIA to intervene. The CIA turns to their top "exfiltration" specialist, Tony Mendez, to come up with a plan to get the six Americans safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies. "Argo" also stars Bryan Cranston (TV's "Breaking Bad"), Oscar® winner Alan Arkin ("Little Miss Sunshine"), and John Goodman ("Trouble With the Curve"). The main cast also includes Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler and Chris Messina. Affleck directed the film from a screenplay by Chris Terrio, based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article "The Great Escape," by Joshuah Bearman. David Klawans, Nina Wolarsky, Chris Brigham, Chay Carter, Graham King and Tim Headington are the executive producers, with Amy Herman co-producing. The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar®-nominated director of photography Rodrigo Prieto ("Brokeback Mountain"), production designer Sharon Seymour ("The Town"); Oscar®nominated editor William Goldenberg ("Seabiscuit," "The Insider"); and Oscar®-nominated costume designer Jacqueline West ("The Social Network," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"). The music is composed by four-time Oscar® nominee Alexandre Desplat ("The King's Speech," "The Queen"). Filming on "Argo" was accomplished in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and Istanbul. Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with GK Films, a Smokehouse Pictures production, "Argo." The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. This film has been rated R for language and some violent images. www.argothemovie.com
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About the Production
O'DONNELL The six went out a back exit... The Canadians took them in. They've been there ever since. In 1980, Studio Six Productions trumpeted a new film project that had the elements of a hit sci-fi movie: spaceships, aliens, action and adventure, all happening on an arid, distant planet. Billed as a "cosmic conflagration," the epic feature was never greenlit by any studio chief. It could only be given a green light by the country's Commander in Chief. More than 30 years later, Ben Affleck directed, produced and stars in "Argo," a film based on the true story of the covert mission to rescue six Americans trapped in Iran, following the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran that shocked the world. The group had narrowly avoided being taken hostage by Iranian revolutionaries and were given sanctuary at the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor, who risked everything to help the Americans, even when others turned them away. But the "houseguests"—as they came to be known—were in constant jeopardy of being found out and captured...or worse. With time running out, the CIA's top exfiltration expert, Antonio "Tony" Mendez, devised a brilliant but outrageous escape plan. Affleck explains, "Tony was friends with a famous makeup artist named John Chambers and knew it was a viable prospect for movie people to be traveling around, checking out different locations. He came up with an idea no one else would ever have thought of." The plan was for the six to pose as a Canadian filmmaking team on a location scout and then simply fly out...although it was anything but simple. Tony Mendez emphasizes, "This was a game with no rules, so it was extremely risky. The most dangerous thing about it was the capriciousness of the people we were trying to get around. We had no way of predicting what would happen if we got caught—to us or to those already held hostage." Joshuah Bearman, who, in 2007, chronicled the escape in a Wired Magazine article, relates, "The embassy seizure was a seismic event on the world stage. No one knew quite how to respond to the hostage situation in the embassy compound. The problem of the hidden houseguests was even trickier because diplomacy wasn't an option. And with each day, the likelihood that they would be discovered grew. Eventually, Tony Mendez, who had 'exfiltrated' sensitive people from Iran and elsewhere before, stepped in with this plan." There was also a very real threat to those harboring the Americans. Ambassador Ken Taylor confirms, "During those three months, the staff at the Canadian Embassy was dealing with the dangerous reality of the situation. We had all been offended by the violent breach of diplomatic protocol, but apart from that, these were our friends. The U.S. and Canada have always had a special relationship that transcends any boundaries. I have been given a lot of the credit, but an equal amount belongs to my wife, Pat, and my embassy staff, as well as my colleagues in Canada." Holding an emergency session, the Canadian Parliament made a rare exception to their own laws to provide the six Americans with fake Canadian passports, under the "film crew's" individual aliases.
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but Chris wrote an amazing script." Bearman's piece first came to the attention of producers Grant Heslov and George Clooney. because it seems completely unbelievable. "To me. I was riveted. but I was unaware of this story. so I found it astonishing and also very cool. Mendez imprinted them with the correct Iranian visas and entered dates to indicate that the six had arrived in the country only the day before. there's a more complex drama there. with people's lives hanging in the balance. He reveals." "That makes sense." Heslov nods. I understand that.ARGO (2012)
They arrived by diplomatic pouch to Ambassador Taylor. If I had pitched this as an original concept. and I was especially curious about Tony Mendez. brows would furrow and people would say. Surprisingly.' None of this would have happened without them. Heslov offers.' But Tony managed to convince the United States government to attempt something that was even crazier than what most Hollywood studios would dream up. "Inherently. 'No audience will ever believe that." "This operation was a little-known success story in an otherwise difficult chapter in history. even after Tony Mendez recounted the events in his 2000 book." Mendez counters." Screenwriter Chris Terrio was entrusted with turning this rescue operation into a script and went right to the source. so America will always have a debt of gratitude to our friends to the north. "When I read the article. it seems inconceivable that the entire operation remained top secret until it was declassified by President Clinton in 1997. it's a terrific tale and that's half the battle." "You know you've hired the right writer when he connects so strongly to the material. most people remain largely unaware of a story that even Affleck admits "sounds utterly absurd. later. so there is an overlap. "The structure of the film is a rescue. Applying his expert counterfeiting skills. which takes you beyond the action and suspense. because if you understand the nuts and bolts of what the life of a CIA officer was like at this time. and George felt the same way. Canada. "I don't think it's so unusual to associate Hollywood and the CIA. The stakes couldn't be higher. It was all
© 2012 Warner Bros. underneath. about what kind of guy could think outside the box enough to come up with this plan and then undertake it. who rendezvoused with Mendez to deliver them. no one realized that the CIA had actually led the Americans to safety with such a daring mission and wild cover story. who retired from the CIA in 1990." Terrio arranged to meet with Mendez. "In both worlds. I knew immediately there was a film there and that it was one I wanted to make. it's just a human story about people trying to do the best they can against overwhelming odds. you're forging fictional situations and playing dress-up to create convincing scenarios. But in my communication with Tony. but until the operation was declassified years later." says Bearman. "People knew at the time that six Americans escaped with the help of the Canadians a few months into the crisis. Bearman detailed them in Wired. Master of Disguise." says Affleck. because an instrument of espionage is naturally stagecraft. "one of the most important themes of the movie is remembering when the United States stood up as a nation to say 'Thank you. The screenwriter observes. Whenever I started to get lost in the scale of the story—how these men and women were swept up by historical events—I would remember that. "I remember the hostage crisis well." Heslov says. but the fact that it happened is what makes it even more fascinating." In today's instant information age. I wanted to know about his day-to-day life. Entertainment
we had Alan Arkin and John Goodman handling most of the comedy. particularly when you get to Hollywood. Entertainment
. I started to plan how we were going to weave them together to tell this extraordinary story. but it had to be integrated in a cohesive way. Hollywood. Luckily. "It starts out very serious. I'm always on the lookout for a great story. In the end. "It was one of the best scripts I've ever read.' It was a true page-turner. He also has a strong point of view. and now that it's hap© 2012 Warner Bros. a drama. DC. He and cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto adopted distinct filming styles that would convey the era of the late 1970s and '80. He understands how to build to a climax and brought even more of a thriller aspect to 'Argo' than we envisioned. That's when the real work began. "Ben has a wonderful sense of story and knows how to use the camera to tell it. "It is not intended to be a documentary." "I was pleased about the prospect of this experience being made into a movie." Heslov and Clooney learned about Affleck's interest shortly after seeing his 2010 drama "The Town. but it could well take place today. Affleck underscores. which.ARGO (2012)
there on the page from the very first draft. However. in both time and place. and that's a testament to Ben as a director. I also think the movie couldn't be better in terms of timing. so I was happy to get a crack at directing it. They played every line with such integrity that the humor feels innate and never strains belief. as a filmmaker. and then the tone changes. I got a sense of how overwhelming and euphoric that moment was. Heslov explains. "In researching those three worlds. is probably the most important thing." Affleck collaborated with his cast and creative teams to achieve a high level of verisimilitude. often in extraordinarily difficult circumstances." Says Heslov. after all. and Iran. That was certainly the case with 'Argo. Affleck says. "When I talked to Tony and read the houseguests' accounts of the actual escape. "but it was the hardest line to walk. "The movie does a brilliant job of catching the mood and the tension in Tehran and the dedication of those in diplomatic life." "The humor was an important part of the script. the work paid off. It takes place some 30-odd years ago." Affleck agrees. To cinematically replicate what they were feeling required more than just words. Ken Taylor says. CA. Production designer Sharon Seymour and costume designer Jacqueline West examined photographs and film archives to re-create the look of the period as it pertained to the film's decidedly different settings. But we were very fortunate in that we could stay faithful to the spirit of what happened. elements had to be compressed and some dramatic license was taken because it is." One of the filmmakers' biggest challenges was the film's juxtaposition of life-or-death drama and dry comedy. because the truth of what happened was incredibly compelling. My main concern was making sure the laughs did not jeopardize the sense of urgency or realism. and is also shared by the audience." Affleck adds. The action had to be wound up tight so that their relief is tangible. As is always the case with a movie like this. according to those who were actually there." Terrio cites the film's closing minutes as an instance when the filmmakers used fictionalized events to depict genuine emotions. We wanted 'Argo' to have some levity. and establish a visual divide between the milieus of Washington. and I know when I find one." Believability became the watchword of the entire production." And. I feel we got the right balance.
notes. one of the things that stood out to me was the credo that they don't leave anyone behind." Affleck." Cranston says that. if you succeed. "Tony has to go into what is really the 'belly of the beast'—the scariest place in the world if you're an American—and get six people out. It was tense and dramatic and engrossing. no high-fives.just do the job and. you can't imagine it will end well because there are too many things saying it won't. and 'Argo' was definitely one of those. who stars as Mendez. including his direct superior. Ben and everyone else involved in the film did a remarkable job. Watching 'Argo' brought me right back to that moment in time. No fanfare. "In my research about the CIA. completely in secret. And the clock is ticking. Opportunities to be a part of something like this don't come along often. "Tony Mendez answers to Jack O'Donnell."
© 2012 Warner Bros. the assistant deputy director of the CIA. The pressure on him couldn't be higher." "Jack O'Donnell was a hard role to cast." Before he can exercise his Hollywood option. they got it right." says Affleck. but you don't want to let the character become generic. By far. but the essence of Tony is that he's just a guy doing his job. At a certain point. which was great in delivering that brand of dry humor. "Ben has a sort of quiet intensity about him that fit how we envisioned Tony. viscerally. Simply put. Terrio says. and you need this character to feel smart. go home and keep your mouth shut. I got charged up again." Cranston offers. It's impressive and also quite humbling. and every time I read it. so Jack feels responsible for him and for the mission. The only character to inhabit all three worlds in "Argo" is Tony Mendez. You need an actor with the gravitas that Bryan was able to bring to it. the CIA's best exfiltration officer—a specialist in getting people out of hostile spots. and that applied to the six trapped Americans who were there because they were working for the government. You go to any lengths possible to get them out of harm's way. "At first glance. And Ben is naturally funny. That really helped inform my character. He puts his life on the line to try and save these people and that's heroic stuff. played by Bryan Cranston. "Tony steps up and does what he's asked to do. Entertainment
. He is also a very smart guy. so I'm very glad I am. "There was a point when it was important to keep the secret of what happened for the greater good. "There are things that you respond to immediately." TURNER You don't have a better bad idea than this? O'DONNELL This is the best bad idea we have. sir. but it's now a piece of history. particularly when Tony heads to Hollywood." Mendez states. He is also coming up against forces—whether bureaucratic or geopolitical—that are making the task even harder than it already is." Heslov remarks that Affleck possesses many of the qualities they saw in the role. Mendez needs approval from the powers that be. you might think there'd be a whole range of people who would be right for it.. he had no hesitation in taking the part.ARGO (2012)
pened. once he read the script. it's important that he appear in control of the situation and is capable of calling an audible if need be. it's exciting. Jack O'Donnell..
Mendez might never have come up with the fake movie plan if he did not have a real movie contact in renowned makeup artist John Chambers. who portrays the makeup pioneer. gripping story. not because it has any merit whatsoever as a film. "They're making the cheesiest conceivable film. Affleck affirms. "John is such a good actor.. Chambers has been also applying his skills to the more serious pursuits of the government's Intelligence operations. it has to be a believable one." Arkin describes. "I also wanted to work with Ben Affleck because he's a terrific actor and already has a great track record as a director. however." Arkin admits. They have trade ads. himself." Clandestinely."
© 2012 Warner Bros. but as he gets more involved. well the cover had better be strong. I was very attracted to the whole double life aspect of the character. remarks. one of the most potent aspects of the film is that they were confronted with an untenable situation and found a creative solution that did not involve any violence whatsoever." To play this industry icon. Chambers is intrigued. because any mistake could have resulted in them being found out. The only reason they chose it was because it can be used as a blind to get into Iran." The feeling is mutual. He is. ranging from actual producers I've met to some legendary moguls who came to Hollywood and used their street smarts to make it big. "He's skeptical at first about the possibility of this plan working at all. who. It was wonderful working with him. Entertainment
. Chris Terrio reveals. "It was interesting to watch him go back and forth between the two. the challenge of it energizes him. Affleck attests." Enter Lester Siegel. We wanted someone who would be emblematic of Old Hollywood.' So they go to great pains to make it look like a genuine production. To me. so Mendez and Chambers need a bona fide producer. He came up with ideas for my character I didn't think of. the filmmakers cast an industry icon: Alan Arkin. the kind of guy you would go to if you needed to make your fake movie look legit." Despite Lester's edict that if he's going to produce a fake movie "it's going to be a fake hit. "There is a quote from Mark Twain that I love that goes. smart film producer who knows the business inside and out." Goodman continues. Just look at the breadth and scope of the roles he's done. somebody who knows everybody.. it's just dreadful. so they had to have a presence. first and foremost. "He loves his craft and is also keen on using it to help the CIA. it's just a plain great. "Alan has been revered in our business for decades.. and he also has a tremendous gift for subtlety and nuance. "When you look at it from the point of view of building a cover. costumes. he can be purely comedic or someone you take very seriously. too. So when Tony comes to him and says he needs help putting a movie together. It's imperative.the fact that it did seem impossible. but. but he was flexible and a very generous collaborator." Although the movie is only a charade. I loved the idea that what is likely to be Lester's last hurrah is going to be a movie that doesn't really exist but could save six lives. casting calls. I respect him so much." "Lester is a tough. who had been awarded an Honorary Oscar® for his masks for the original "Planet of the Apes. he enjoys serving his country in that way. He knew exactly what he wanted. a script reading for the press." he laughs. a legendary figure.. so bringing that stature to his character was a no-brainer. John Goodman. "is actually a composite of people. Affleck explains. 'The only difference between reality and fiction is that fiction has to be credible.
Affleck reveals. take in the Americans. It puts them at great peril." Terrio relates. and then he has a scene with Ben where their characters are talking about their kids and he's just so real. I was so impressed by what this man did and felt a great responsibility in playing him. Kathy. Garber expounds. Pat. But more importantly. Bob Anders. Kerry Bishé as Joe's wife. beginning with the fact that he happens to be Canadian. and were able to deliver the kind of realism I was looking for. a subtle wink to the mission behind the movie: the rescue of the six Americans who have now spent more than two months in hiding in the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor. without hesitation." In casting the six Americans. Canada. because what he did was heroic and remains so." Making up the ensemble of houseguests were: Tate Donovan as the de facto leader of the group. Christopher Denham and Clea DuVall as the other married couple. That's why he's been one of our greatest actors for all these years. the only one of the six who is fluent in Farsi. played by Victor Garber.ARGO (2012)
Heslov states. willing to improvise. not just diplomatically but personally. The film company fronting Mendez's cinematic ruse is dubbed Studio Six Productions. Scoot McNairy as Joe Stafford. I wanted good actors who were willing to take risks. and I was just thrilled to have him on the set. because if their houseguests were caught. But mostly. they are shut in and cut off and living in a constant state of fear that overshadows their day© 2012 Warner Bros. While the houseguests are enjoying the relative physical comforts offered by the ambassador's hospitality. "He also perfectly embodies the quiet heroism of this man who stepped up and did what was right because it was the moral thing to do. the Taylors clearly knew their lives would be at stake. "Ken Taylor and his wife." Affleck states. took them in and kept them protected. As is seen. "What impressed me most about Alan is that he can be outrageously funny one minute. Mark and Cora Lijek. Entertainment
. Victor is a spectacular guy and wonderfully talented. and Rory Cochrane as Lee Schatz.' which is fitting because when other countries refused to help the six escapees. "I had photos of the real people up in my office because I was trying to stay in the zone of how they actually looked. which is a very courageous thing to do. it would be extremely bad for them as well." JOE STAFFORD You really believe your little story is gonna make a difference when there's a gun to our heads? TONY MENDEZ I think my little story is the only thing between you and a gun to your heads. "This operation was publicly known as the 'Canadian Caper." "Victor was perfect for the role of Ken Taylor. but they bravely harbored the Americans anyway and were instrumental in giving cover to the rescue mission.
'All right. So. "I'm really glad we did that." Affleck wanted the six actors to not just play their parts but to experience. the fact that their other colleagues are truly in captivity must weigh on them. Chris Messina as Mario Malinov. especially without the tether to any modern-day devices. "We became a very tight-knit unit. they had to actually talk to each other. noting that Affleck's method achieved everything he'd hoped to gain and more. and that was such a benefit. and it definitely paid off in cementing the vibe of the group mentality. and yet it's terrifying. we already had a shorthand. They are starting to feel a little edgy and claustrophobic and there's always the underlying threat of being found." "It created a unique camaraderie among the group. what the circumstances would be like for their characters. We had a lot of fun." "When we pick up with them. I became a total convert.' But I have to say. The house was dressed in the style of the period as were the actors. Keith Szarabajka as Adam Engell. It's much harder to 'act' familiarity.. "So I went into it like." Christopher Denham notes. That's the kind of connection I wanted to see.we chatted and played games and developed into a team.. Everybody got along and all the egos went out the door. the director cut them off from the rest of the world. They have dinner parties and drink and play games. It's at the point where everybody knows it is time for them to get out. Kerry Bishé comments. games. we became fast friends." says Rory Cochrane. I wanted them to get comfortable with one another in a way that felt natural. or anything that started with an "i. I also imagine there's a sense of guilt. he sequestered them for a week in the home that would later double as the ambassador's residence. Titus Welliver as Jon Bates. "it's about ten weeks into their being behind closed doors. And I believe those intangibles will show up onscreen. "I was pretty bummed. as a result. prior to the start of principal photography. at first. not allowing any computers. Entertainment
. Stateside. and Bob Gunton as Secretary of State Cyrus
© 2012 Warner Bros. Without those things to fall back. "We took away everything contemporary and gave them music. Ben fostered a safe place for us to work out things about our characters. It definitely aided my preparation." Scoot McNairy attests." Tate Donovan concedes that he was reluctant. To immerse them fully in the time. who were invested in efforts to rescue the six Americans. "There's a contradictory feeling to what their life is like." The cast of "Argo" also includes a number of actors playing the people. including: Kyle Chandler as White House Chief of Staff Hamilton Jordan." he nods. who wore their costumes during that week. They didn't have the internet and couldn't watch outside TV. books. Željko Ivanek as Robert Pender.ARGO (2012)
to-day existence. on a deeper level. your body relaxes and you adopt a certain posture and talk to people differently. It's more of a chemical thing. magazines and newspapers from that period. I'll play along. "It was amazing how quickly we formed a rapport." The director details. Just the fact that we got to know each other so well allowed for us to improvise and play off one another better." Clea DuVall says. to be confined for an entire week." The actors playing the houseguests agree. "We had to let our guards down and. And when it came time to shoot. cell phones.
I told them not to add any shake. and I think that reflects on the quality of the script." Production designer Sharon Seymour and costume designer Jacqueline West collaborated with Affleck to establish the period and backdrops in a more tactile way. Affleck collaborated with his creative teams to depict the culture clashes." Affleck says. zooms from cars—which was a technique you saw a lot in the '70s. accomplished later on location—whether in Washington. Then for Hollywood. or in Turkey.. DC. In addition. Instead. "My main goal was that it all had to feel organic and not self-conscious. "I didn't want it to be obvious. Affleck says. ultimately leading to rescue plans unfolding in Hollywood. no pop zooms. and also be unimpeachable in terms of accuracy. We wanted to help the audience instantly identify where we are as soon as the images change on the screen. JOHN CHAMBERS So you want to come to Hollywood." This was especially important. With the help of researcher Max Daly." Affleck and cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto endeavored to evoke what the latter calls "a visual tapestry that gives a specific quality and frame of reference to each section of the film." By contrast. And the color was much more saturated. Page Leong plays Dr.
© 2012 Warner Bros. the wife of Ambassador Taylor. they began by poring over scores of photographs and stacks of print media. I had the actors do the scene as written a few times and then I would have them start improvising. Entertainment
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Vance. I put in a lot of zooms—zooms from helicopters. so what resulted was the cameramen were the ones improvising." says Affleck. which stood in for Iran. The story of "Argo" opens with the explosive events in Iran. as there were segments shot in Los Angeles that would need to blend seamlessly with other perspectives of the same scene. so it's that feeling of shifting your attention as you normally would in a conversation. They'd be expecting one person to talk and then somebody else would speak. every setting has a very specific look. "For the DC scenes. In navigating between those disparate settings." For scenes within the ambassador's home. and Richard Kind appears as Max Klein. You'll fit right in. "Everything from the sets to the clothes to the hairstyles had to blend into the background.. as well as the remarkable story. "We needed to unify the look of each section. "We had so many noteworthy actors who wanted to be a part of this. Pat Taylor. photographically. while everything outside the embassy wall was shot weeks later in Istanbul." One example Prieto points to is the harrowing embassy takeover. it was all on the dolly so the movements were much smoother and more grounded. We connected the Iran-set sequences with a distinctly granular texture to enhance the feeling of uneasiness. a screenwriter who mistakenly tries to play hardball with Lester Siegel. there was nothing handheld. So. Affleck mainly utilized handheld cameras but qualifies. DC. even if shots were done in different parts of the world. which trigger strong reactions in Washington. and watching hours of television news footage and movies. "The embassy compound and interiors were filmed at the Veteran's Administration north of Los Angeles.
with green and white tiles and fern-colored wallpaper. I found out he did sometimes wear suits. anymore. and the kitchen in that house had never been redone. so that's something I put Ben in. When I walked in. West confirms. more of an independent thinker.' so he would kind of disappear into the crowd. from the ubiquitous ashtrays. "We polished it up to the nines and then crafted the inside to be this cool makeup trailer." West reasoned that the six houseguests would have limited wardrobe changes. the costume designer had the added bonus of being able to consult Affleck's real-life counterpart. "Avocado was the color for kitchens at the time. A posh Bel Air house once owned by Zsa Zsa Gabor became the home of Lester Siegel. All of the fashion rules were broken. but overall. In designing costumes for those working at the CIA or in other areas of government. Studio Six Productions set up its offices on the Warner Bros.. lot. "So much has changed that we take for granted now. For all the office scenes. He remarks. In dressing the sets. there weren't computers on every desk. which have drastically changed over the last three decades. But at the CIA. We also restored his Eldorado to look like new. including the gleaming Airstream trailer. and it was lovely of him to share that with me. in some cases. Befitting his status. as it was known then. we had to track down old typewriters. from which Clooney and Heslov took their production company name. Entertainment
. Working on movies is wonderful in that way—you get to live. as well as the existing decor. when even somewhat conservative people could express themselves in their clothes. Lester drives a 1975 gold Rolls Royce.A. was repurposed for various interiors. Picture car coordinator Ted Moser was charged with finding and. but the back© 2012 Warner Bros. their look stays pretty much the same throughout. scenes were also filmed at the luxurious Beverly Hilton Hotel. in another time and place. Going over the hill from the San Fernando Valley. it was more lime than avocado. which serves as Chambers' headquarters. When he went on missions." The Canadian ambassador's home was located in the Los Angeles suburb of Hancock Park. I loved it. than I could have designed it. 'Oh my. Seymour comments. but he preferred herringbone Harris Tweed jackets. Technology was totally different.'" she laughs. despite the serious nature of their jobs. this is even better. which would be unseemly today. lent themselves perfectly to the production.. Down the street from the studio. while John Chambers sports a '77 Cadillac Eldorado. I thought. to the world maps. where the logo on the emblematic water tower was changed back to The Burbank Studios. or there or that Pat Taylor might have brought them some things." The Los Angeles Times building in Downtown L. I figured he wasn't so much of a suit guy. Seymour's team paid careful attention to even the smallest details. There were colorful wide ties and plaids with prints. "We assumed that they would exchange a piece here. The flow between the rooms of the house. refurbishing those and other now-vintage vehicles. Mendez and Chambers began developing their fake movie at the historic SmokeHouse Restaurant. he turned into what he calls 'the little gray man. or hear. and other equipment we don't see.ARGO (2012)
Seymour observes. "I emailed Tony and asked him for a description of what he wore. West offers that. for a while. In fact. as they arrived at the Taylors' home with just the clothes on their backs." For the character of Tony Mendez. telexes. or should I say worse. "the '70s were a wonderfully freeing time. including the '70s-era offices and conference rooms of the CIA.
Says Affleck." That especially applied to the assortment of cars Moser gathered for the Iran sequences.ARGO (2012)
ground vehicles couldn't look like they came out of car clubs. in the style of Castro or Che Guevara. Entertainment
. all shouting anti-American chants in Farsi. in neighboring Turkey. then a mosque and it's now a museum. which swell to a deafening crescendo. I can't believe you let this happen. resulting in the softer light the filmmakers needed. "We were fortunate to have many Persian extras. as well as a 1962 Unimog troop transport and the classic Matador cop cars that are seen in a nail-biting chase sequence at the Tehran Airport. along with several others.S. pointing out the tiniest discrepancies. But it was a cast of thousands. where he obtains his visa from the Iranian Consulate. which is viewed only from the outside. She says. some of whom had been in Iran during the Revolution. Affleck infiltrated the mob with cameramen dressed as extras." Notably. "The negative
© 2012 Warner Bros. "Istanbul is a phenomenal city to be in and work in. were the badge of the revolutionaries. I was very gratified when they would come up to us and say.300 people. and also made all the clothes for the Mullahs. Mavericks. Unfortunately. The only city in the world to span two continents— bridging Europe and Asia—Istanbul also serves as Tony Mendez's transit point. about 150 miles east of Los Angeles. The field could accommodate the more than 1.. in fact. two of Istanbul's most magnificent landmarks were used to film scenes set in the ancient city: the Blue Mosque. Fiats. the long. including Granadas. so they chose Istanbul." One large space in which they were shooting is lit by dozens of circular chandeliers. like. The scene was accomplished on a soccer pitch in the residential district of Barkikoy. that man told me the lion is wrong on this poster.' and tell us their stories. "The Hagia Sofia is an incredible place because it was a church. Affleck recalls. stood in for the crowded Tehran Airport. and a VW Bus. The filmmakers knew it was unfeasible to shoot on location in Iran. Dressing the extras was an especially daunting task because Jacqueline West not only had to accurately reflect the time but also the mores of that society.. where Tony Mendez has a clandestine meeting with a British Intelligence counterpart. 'This brings me back 30 years. "We made hundreds of chadors. It did allow me to needle Sharon. the light bulbs for which had. armed with 16mm cameras to shoot random footage. the director. waded into the throng to film the mounting riot in Super 8. Members of the crew worked overnight to switch out the more than 4." To bring the audience directly into the erupting chaos. been converted to compact fluorescents. as well as giant posters of the Ayatollah Khomeini. Ontario International Airport. 'Sharon. black cloak the women wore. Military jackets. in recent years. and the interior of the Hagia Sofia. so we provided dozens of those. Perhaps the most challenging sequence was the escalating demonstration that boils over into the breach of the U. In addition.000 bulbs. they cast too harsh a light—not to mention they did not exist in 1980. so it truly represents an intersection of cultures. They were also very committed to helping us make it right. so we had to be very resourceful in either creating or finding everything we needed. Embassy's Roosevelt Gate." Affleck states.'" he grins. some of them really got into it. Peugots. "We were all struck by the friendliness of everyone we met. Seymour's team dressed the terminal with Farsi signage. to stand in for Tehran. We were also enormously grateful for the outstanding local crew and the cooperation of the public.
"The bazaar in Istanbul was fantastic. a CIA officer walked in and said. He took me to the back where he showed me this whole computer set-up where they can monitor where a cell phone is. it's all new. "But it was very cool and we were fortunate that everything was shut down so we had the freedom to film there.' but until you're there. as the normally teeming shops were closed for a major holiday. it definitely didn't require much acting to appear nervous.. it was all at odd angles so you could easily get turned around in an alleyway and be totally lost. the timing could not have been more perfect.. it looks incredibly grainy. because they're both among the oldest in the world. Scoot McNairy reveals. so we didn't have to change a lot. And minutes later. because you can't help but feel the energy when you're in a crowd of people with that kind of fervor." Seymour enthuses. everybody was told to leave their phones in a basket. DC. I didn't do that. a lot of the stuff in the shops has a timeless feel. we were genuinely frightened. VA." Affleck recalls. It was definitely the right place to shoot. "When they started rocking the van." That also held true for the smaller yet equally vehement demonstration that Mendez and the six houseguests—now posing as a Canadian film crew—must drive through on the way to their supposed location scout in the Grand Bazaar.. to be honest. "It's one thing to read in the script that protesters are banging on the bus.well. "When we entered the building." Chris Terrio comments." From Turkey. The main challenge was the huge amount of Turkish signage that had to be converted to Farsi. but then I had to ask how he knew. 'Okay. and that's what they re-created. Heslov relates. I remember looking over at Ben and even he looked scared for a minute there. thanks in no small part to the local people. but other than the little bit of stock footage that you see on the TVs." Clea DuVall affirms." "The Istanbul bazaar was labyrinthine.. I just didn't want to give up my phone. but to actually be surrounded by hundreds of people acting like they want to kill you is quite another thing.they can tell everything. It was pretty eyeopening. what the number is." Grant Heslov says." Affleck explains. "Pulled together." For filming in the Grand Bazaar. Not surprisingly. and. It really does a job on you. so when it's blown up in a movie theatre. you don't realize how beautiful it is. Entertainment
. the production traveled to Washington. "It very much had the flavor of the one in Tehran. I can tell you." Christopher Denham adds. It's not that I wanted to make calls. who's got the iPhone?' I admitted it was me. The history of the city is profound and it's everywhere you turn. it all looked and felt so much like the actual imagery."
© 2012 Warner Bros. It was intense. There was a sea of humanity outside the embassy gates. "I've heard Istanbul referred to as the 'crossroads of the world. The filmmakers and members of the cast were honored to be given even limited access to the actual CIA headquarters in Langley.ARGO (2012)
for Super 8 is tiny..the CIA. "It did feel like it could tip over. and it all went off without a hitch. "It's chilling because it looks so much like the archival material. and there were all these people screaming at us. We had a very ambitious schedule in Turkey. "One guy grabbed a rock and began hitting the windshield. The extras really got swept up in it.." That included Affleck. where they learned the CIA is very much.
in and of itself. Alexandre was amazing at crafting an atypical score. Affleck adds that within the score. Entertainment
. "You don't need to know anything about the Middle East or the politics of the time to get caught up in the story. You hear a song. "There was an interesting duality to the building because you'd be walking down this rather plain looking hallway."
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Bryan Cranston comments. But this is a moment when we can all be proud of what these people did. incorporating uncommon instruments." Affleck concludes. I hope. Chris Terrio emphasizes. "We needed to find a theme that we would use throughout—obviously different instrumentation and tempo. especially in the Hollywood sequence. as a civilian. That's why I designed a specific shot where Tony goes by and we hold on the stars. The director also knew that music would serve as the connective tissue between the story's three separate worlds. to be there." Nevertheless. Affleck teamed with editor William Goldenberg to bring the interwoven pieces from the different location shoots together. At the heart of this movie is a daring rescue of six people from a very dangerous place. and it sets the scene. and the fact that it's based on truth makes it all the more compelling. Affleck utilized source music from the era to put the audience into the time frame." he says. Following the wrap of principal photography. It was moving for me just to walk over the seal and to see the stars on the wall commemorating those who have given their lives in service to the Central Intelligence Agency. many Middle Eastern in origin. "Just walking down the halls at Langley was inspirational. That was impressive. It is noteworthy that some stars still don't have the names of the fallen officers because their missions are still deemed classified. On a deeper level. entertaining." Affleck says. Those were the most important scenes to me because I knew what a privilege it was for me. but still the same piece of music." The filmmakers had to digitally remove some of the stars because the number was fewer at the time of the events in the film. We wanted people to see that. "It's thrilling and suspenseful and scary. but it's also funny and. "Associations with music are something we all carry in the back of our minds. It doesn't feel too literal or cliché.
as well as a Golden Globe Award and Humanitas Prize." directed by Brad Furman and slated for release next year." aired on HBO and drew critical. Pearl Street Films. as well as the Best Actor Award at the Hollywood Film Festival. The following year. Roger Michell's "Changing Lanes": "The Sum of All Fears"." which also brought Oscar®. Runner. All three series were nominated for Emmy Awards. Affleck starred alongside Tommy Lee Jones in John Wells' drama "The Company Men." for which he won several critics groups' awards. and producer.based advocacy and grant-making initiative wholly focused on working with and for the people of
© 2012 Warner Bros." This summer. Kevin Smith's "Jersey Girl". adapted from the Dennis Lehane novel." In 2000. Ben Younger's "Boiler Room". he founded the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI). The film was named a Movie of the Year by the American Film Institute (AFI)." winning a SAG Award® as part of the ensemble cast. Affleck partnered with Matt Damon. Affleck made his directorial debut in 2007 with the feature "Gone Baby Gone. He also won the Breakthrough Director of the Year Award at the 2007 Hollywood Film Festival. and the cast won the National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble. Affleck appeared in the ensemble casts of "Extract" and "He's Just Not That Into You. Ben also co-wrote the screenplay for the film. ECI is the first U. In addition." which he starred in and co-wrote with Matt Damon. In addition to his successful film career. an advocacy and grant-making initiative with the mission of helping the Congolese people support local community-based approaches that create a sustainable and successful society in the long-troubled region." In 2006. Affleck shot a starring role in "Runner. The film will be produced by their production company. writer. Affleck earned a Writers Guild of America Award nomination for "The Town. Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nominations to Jeremy Renner." in addition to co-writing the screenplay. Entertainment
." both directed by Michael Bay. He is next set to direct a film about notorious Boston mobster Whitey Bulger. in which he and Matt Damon will star. Also in 2010. Affleck first came to prominence in 1997 with the acclaimed "Good Will Hunting." The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival. audience and industry attention for its behind-the-scenes look at the challenges faced by a first-time filmmaker. they won an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay. with a third season on Bravo. he directed and starred in "The Town. Chris Moore and Sean Bailey to form LivePlanet. Their first endeavor. the screen adaptation of Marvel Comics' "Daredevil". Affleck is also a passionate advocate and philanthropist. director. The second season of "Project Greenlight" aired on HBO at the beginning of 2003.S. His subsequent film credits include "Armageddon" and "Pearl Harbor. "Project Greenlight. and Kevin Macdonald's "State of Play. where Affleck won the coveted Volpi Award for Best Actor. Affleck earned widespread praise for his portrayal of ill-fated actor George Reeves in the noir drama "Hollywoodland.ARGO (2012)
About the Cast
BEN AFFLECK (Tony Mendez / Director / Producer) has been recognized for his work as an actor. For their work. "Forces of Nature". Additionally. In March 2010. He also received Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Award nominations for Best Actor. Affleck starred in John Madden's Academy Award®-winning "Shakespeare in Love. Inc. including the Best Directorial Debut Award from the National Board of Review. In 2010.
" on which he serves as a producer. In addition.
BRYAN CRANSTON (Jack O'Donnell) has won three Emmy Awards. He also lent his voice to the animated hit "Madagascar 3. A-T Children's Project and The Jimmy Fund." Born and raised in Southern California. campaigning to win a seat in the State Senate." "John Carter. Affleck is also a longtime political activist and strong supporter of many charitable organizations. Cranston will next be seen in the comedy "Get a Job. Cranston directed several episodes of "Malcolm in the Middle" and the Comedy Central pilot "Special Unit. and only the second actor in Emmy history." His recent film work also includes Adam Shankman's "Rock of Ages." and Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion." "Chapter Two. including a recurring role on "Seinfeld. His performance on "Breaking Bad" has also brought him two Golden Globe nominations and four Screen Actors Guild Award® nominations." now in its fifth season. "Little Miss Sunshine". Cranston began pursuing his acting career after college. produced and starred in the film." "The Taming of the Shrew. for his portrayal of Walter White on AMC's "Breaking Bad. On the big screen. Arkin also won an Independent Spirit Award and a BAFTA Award." Cranston continues to return to the stage whenever possible. for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. The Lincoln Lawyer". Cranston has the distinction of being the first actor in a cable series." "A Doll's House." "Wrestlers." Cranston's many other film credits include the Tom Hanks-directed films "Larry Crowne" and "That Thing You Do!"." He earned three Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe nomination for his role as the dad. starting on the stage in community theater and summer stock. he portrayed astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the award-winning HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon. won an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 2006 hit "Little Miss Sunshine. His theatre credits include productions of "The God of Hell. Cranston served as executive producer of an exclusive online series called "The Handlers" for Atom. long one of the most respected artists of the stage and screen." For his role." "Red Tails." for which he won a Drama-Logue Award. Hal Wilkerson.
© 2012 Warner Bros. in which he played Jack Powers." "Eastern Standard. with three consecutive Best Actor wins." He also starred this summer as villain Vilos Cohaagen in the remake of the sci-fi thriller "Total Recall. Robin Dearden. He went on to appear in numerous television shows.ARGO (2012)
eastern Congo. most recently directing several episodes of "Breaking Bad." "Barefoot in the Park. and Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan.
ALAN ARKIN (Lester Siegel). and also directed." in which he joined an all-star ensemble cast. "Seeing Other People". and shared in a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast." Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive. Entertainment
. Cranston previously starred for seven seasons on the hit comedy series "Malcolm in the Middle." In early 2011. such as Feeding America. in addition to receiving an individual SAG Award® nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role." Among his longform credits. He earlier wrote the original romantic drama "Last Chance" as a birthday gift for his wife.com." and "The Steven Weed Show. Cranston has also enjoyed success behind the camera. and he most recently received another Emmy nomination. Paralyzed Veterans of America.
he directed. He gained another Golden Globe nomination for the title role in "Popi. was honored by The Book Sellers of America by being placed in the White House Library." His latest credits include the family hit "The Muppets." at the Burt Reynolds Theatre. and "Sunshine Cleaning." the heartwarming "Marley & Me" and the action comedy "Get Smart." In 1966. starred in and co-wrote. "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing." Born in Brooklyn." for which he was nominated for a Tony for Best Direction of a Play. the most recent for his performance in the telefilm "The Pentagon Papers. the latest entitled Tony's Hard Work Day. An earlier book." starring Dustin Hoffman at the Circle in the Square. "The Sorrows of Stephen. Arkin made his major feature film debut." at the Hartman in Stamford. starring in Norman Jewison's comedy smash "The Russians Are Coming. "Grosse Point Blank". "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution". "Rendition". Arkin released a memoir entitled An
© 2012 Warner Bros. In 2011." receiving another Spirit Award nomination. his long list of credits also includes "Wait Until Dark". "Jakob the Liar". "The In-Laws". In 1998. "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause"." which marked his feature film directorial debut." at The American Place Theater. New York." For his performance in the comedy. including "People Soup." He won Drama Desk Awards for his direction of both plays. the hit production of "Power Plays" at the Promenade Theatre." This led to his 1963 Broadway bow in the play "Enter Laughing. and two episodes of the PBS series "Trying Times. also presented at Circle in the Square. "Gattaca". Arkin starred in the acclaimed A&E series "100 Centre Street." followed by Feiffer's "The White House Murder Case. The Russians Are Coming. He garnered a second Best Actor Oscar® nomination for his performance in the 1968 drama "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. His directing work also includes the Broadway musical "Molly". "Rubbers and Yanks Three. "Little Murders." He also earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his work in the true-life Holocaust drama "Escape from Sobibor. Arkin directed the television adaptation of the Broadway play "Twigs. "Hearts of the West." at the Roundabout in New York. "Mother Night"." and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Arkin has also written several books. "Havana". "City Island". for which Arkin won a Tony Award. The Lemming Condition. The following year. for Best Actor." Among his many other television credits. Entertainment
. "Glengarry Glen Ross". including eight children's books. with Elaine May. including "Stand Up Guys. starring his son Adam." With more than 70 films spanning over 45 years. "So I Married an Axe Murderer"." starring Carol Burnett." His other Emmy nods came for his guest role on "Chicago Hope" and the drama "ABC Stage 67. and won a Golden Globe Award." In addition. Arkin directed the Neil Simon hit "The Sunshine Boys. "Thin Ice". "Catch-22". "Joan of Lorraine." Arkin began directing for the stage in 1966 with the much-acclaimed "Eh?. Arkin has also been recognized for his work on television. "Edward Scissorhands". earning four Emmy Award nominations." for which he won an NYFCC Award. Arkin launched his career with Chicago's improvisational revue "Second City." for which he also won a New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) Award and received a Golden Globe nomination. On Broadway." created. and "Room Service." which was Oscar®-nominated for Best Live Action Short.ARGO (2012)
Following "Argo. written and directed by Sidney Lumet and also appeared in the Showtime movie "Varian's War." based on Carl Reiner's book. "Slums of Beverly Hills". he starred on Broadway in Murray Schisgal's hit "LUV. "America's Sweethearts"." He has also directed several short films. Arkin earned his first Oscar® nomination." the comedy "The Change-Up. He then won an Obie for directing Jules Feiffer's "Little Murders." Arkin has a range of films forthcoming.
he won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. Goodman is currently co-starring with Clint Eastwood." "Fallen." and starring roles on seasons of HBO's "Treme. He recently starred in the Best Picture Oscar® winner "The Artist. In addition to his work in front of the camera. "ParaNorman." "The Princess and the Frog" and." "The Big Easy." and has since reunited with them on the films "The Hudsucker Proxy." "The Babe." completing the blockbuster comedy franchise.ARGO (2012)
Improvised Life." "Mother Night." He will reprise his "Monsters." "Born Yesterday." "Always. Louis native. earned a Drama Desk Award nomination for his work in the
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JOHN GOODMAN (John Chambers) is well known to both film and television audiences. On television. Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake in "Trouble With the Curve." "Bringing Out the Dead." "Bee Movie." writer/director Michel Hazanavicius's homage to Hollywood's silent film era." A St." to name only a portion." "One Night at McCool's." Over the course of the show's run." "What Planet Are You From?. he stars with Denzel Washington in Robert Zemeckis' drama "Flight. He made his Broadway debut in "Loose Ends." "Cars." "Punchline." earning Emmy and SAG Award® nominations for his portrayal of Jack Kevorkian's longtime associate Neal Nicol." and "Revenge of the Nerds." Goodman first became a favorite of television viewers when he starred for nine seasons on the smash hit sitcom "Roseanne." "Everybody's All-American." "King Ralph.." Among his other upcoming films are the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis". he has lent his distinctive voice to numerous animated features. seven Emmy nominations and a SAG Award® nomination." "The Jungle Book 2." FX's "Damages" and NBC's "Community." He first collaborated with the Coens on the hit comedy "Raising Arizona. Goodman shared in both Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® and Critics' Choice Award nominations for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast as a member of the film's ensemble. in 1985. as well as earning three more Golden Globe nominations. the Will Ferrell comedy "The Internship"." Later this fall." "The Emperor's New Groove. Long." role of Scully in the upcoming film "Monsters University." "Arachnophobia." His long list of credits also includes "Evan Almighty." "Beyond the Sea." "Sea of Love." On the big screen." He earlier received two Emmy nominations for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Special. Goodman starred with Al Pacino in the 2010 HBO biopic "You Don't Know Jack." and. most recently." "The Borrowers." "The Wrong Guys." "The Flintstones. Inc. Goodman received a Golden Globe nomination for his chilling performance in the Coen brothers' 1991 film "Barton Fink. Where Art Thou?" Goodman was more recently seen in Stephen Daldry's acclaimed drama "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" and Kevin Smith's indie political thriller "Red State. Inc. including "Monsters. Goodman earned a BFA in Theatre from Southwest Missouri State. for his work in the television adaptation of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" and for his performance in the title role of "Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. His numerous credits also include a recurring role on Sorkin's "The West Wing." "Coyote Ugly. Entertainment
." "Speed Racer. Goodman won an Emmy Award in 2007 for his guest role on Aaron's Sorkin's series "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." "Sweet Dreams. and has appeared in a wide range of plays." "Stella. musicals and children's theatre productions. and Todd Phillips' "The Hangover Part III.
" In addition." "The Big C. television and theatre projects of the past four decades. Donovan was a member of the ensemble cast of George Clooney's acclaimed 2005 drama "Good Night." in which he starred opposite Jennifer Garner. John Madden's "Ethan Frome". he starred with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline in the Shakespeare in the Park production of "The Seagull. The cast of "Milk" also won a Critics' Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble." "Legally Blonde." "Call Me Claus." "Wild About Harry" and "Below the Beltway." "The Devil's Disciple." "Sleepless in Seattle." A six-time Emmy nominee.ARGO (2012)
Broadway musical "Big River." and his guest roles on the comedy series "Frasier" and "Will & Grace." for City Center Encores." with Glenn Close." "You Again. "Murder at 1600"." "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella." and has guest starred on numerous shows." and performed in the workshops of Sondheim's "Wise Guys. whose extensive credits encompass lead roles in both plays and musicals. Garber starred on the series "Web Therapy. Garber was previously nominated for a SAG Award® as a member of the cast of James Cameron's Oscar®-winning blockbuster "Titanic.. "Nancy Drew". He has shared in two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nominations for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast. Garber is also an accomplished stage actor. with Garber reprising his starring role." In 2001."
VICTOR GARBER (Ken Taylor) has been seen in some of the most memorable film." "30 Rock." and the screen adaptation of the musical "Godspell." He more recently starred in the 2009 Broadway revival of "Waiting for Godot. most recently including "Damages. The latter moved to Broadway in January 2010." "Glee" and "Nurse Jackie." Among his previous film credits are "The Pacifier." His additional film credits include "Kung Fu Panda 2. and Good Luck." "The First Wives Club. Dominic Sena's "Swordfish"." He has also starred in such longform projects as "The Last Templar." "Dieppe" and "The First Circle.
TATE DONOVAN (Bob Anders) recently starred for three seasons on the acclaimed FX drama series "Damages. "The Only Thrill"." directed by Nicholas Martin at the Huntington Theatre. He is currently working on the new NBC drama series "Infamous. for his work in "Damn Yankees. "Inside Monkey Zetterland." as well as "Assassins. He has also earned Emmy nominations for his portrayal of Sid Luft in the telefilm "Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows. and the independent films "Neal Cassady. He has earned four Tony Award nominations." On the big screen." "Laughter on the 23rd Floor. the latest for Gus Van Sant's awardwinning biopic "Milk." "Lend Me a Tenor." "Noises Off" and Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." to name only a few." directed by Adam Shankman." "Meredith Willson's The Music Man. followed by the Public Theatre's 2002 presentation of "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. Garber received three of his Emmy nods for his role on the hit ABC drama "Alias. His more recent credits include Antoine Fuqua's thriller "Shooter." in which he portrayed San Francisco Mayor George Moscone." with Mark Wahlberg." "Annie. "Love Potion #9"." for which Donovan earned an Inde© 2012 Warner Bros." directed by Mike Nichols. and "Present Laughter." "Eli Stone" and "Justice." "Life with Mikey." for which he shared in a Screen Actors Guild Award® nomination." He has since garnered rave reviews in Sondheim's "Follies." He also starred in the Tony Award-winning play "Art" and the original Broadway productions of "Arcadia. Entertainment
." "Little Me" and "Deathtrap. Alan Rudolph's "Equinox".
Among his other theatre credits. He was a Best Actor nominee at the 2010 British Independent Film Awards for his performance in the acclaimed film "Monsters." "Medium" and "The O. Entertainment
. in Robert Rodriguez's "The Faculty.." "Friends" and "Ally McBeal." with Anne Hathaway and Patrick Wilson. and the horror hit "The Grudge." He also voiced the title character of the animated feature "Hercules. John Frankenheimer's "Dead Bang". he has appeared in a number of productions at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.C. Donovan's earlier repertoire includes the Broadway plays "Amy's View. "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing". she earned acclaim as the rebellious loner."
SCOOT McNAIRY (Joe Stafford) is an actor and producer who has. and David Fincher's true-life thriller "Zodiac. gained attention in both capacities. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "21 Grams". This fall." on which she also serves as an executive producer. John Carpenter's "Ghosts of Mars"."
CLEA DuVALL (Cora Lijek) next stars in the independent action comedy "In Security." "Private Practice. Donovan's other credits include a regular role on the hit FOX series "The O." In 2011." with Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell." "Law & Order." "Lie to Me" and "Grey's Anatomy." Her subsequent film credits include "She's All That"." On television." among others." Her recent film acting work also includes the fact-based drama "Conviction." "Glee." and had multi-episode arcs on "Heroes" and." which screened in competition at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival." Her other television credits include guest spots on numerous series." DuVall also starred on the HBO series "Carnivale. "The Astronaut's Wife". the James Mangold-directed films "Girl." "The Guardian. Glenn Gordon Caron's "Clean and Sober"." opposite Frances McDormand." DuVall first gained recognition in the independent feature "How to Make the Cruelest Month." written and directed by Gareth Edwards. "The Slaughter Rule"." with Dame Judi Dench." "Nip/Tuck. as well as the long-running off-Broadway hit "Lobby Hero." "Weeds. more recently. Donovan has also enjoyed success as a director. "The Event. "But I'm a Cheerleader".ARGO (2012)
pendent Spirit Award nomination. Jonathan Liebesman's "The Killing Room. and "Picnic." On television. Michael Caton-Jones' "Memphis Belle". marking her first producing credit." and recurring or guest roles on such shows as "Law & Order: Criminal Intent.C. helming episodes of such series as "Damages." "Under the Blue Sky" and "The Glass Menagerie. Later that year." which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. "Passengers." "Bones. Interrupted" and "Identity". including "Once in a Lifetime." "Gossip Girl." with Ashley Judd. "In Search
© 2012 Warner Bros. including "CSI: Miami. The year prior. Behind the camera. she also joins the cast of the award-winning FX series "American Horror Story. and the adventure hit "Space Camp. Stokely. He previously earned a Backstage West Garland Award for his performance in the west coast debut of Lindsay-Abaire's "Rabbit Hole" at the Geffen Theatre. Donovan starred on Broadway in the world premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire's play "Good People." "Numb3rs." by Kenneth Lonergan. she was seen in the telefilm "Helter Skelter" and in the acclaimed HBO production of "The Laramie Project. in recent years.
Denham made his Broadway debut in the 2003 revival of Athol Fugard's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "'Master Harold'. Currently. and Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly. Entertainment
." "CSI. Cochrane played the far-out stoner." written by and starring Matt Damon. on the hit show "24. McNairy's other film credits include Megan Griffith's "The Off Hours." in which he co-starred with Johnny Depp and Christian Bale." which premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Film Festival." His other film credits include "Sound of My Voice." Earlier in his career.. Cochrane is best known to television audiences for the role of Tim Speedle in "CSI: Miami. and Steve McQueen's "Twelve Years and Slave." Among his other film credits are "Hart's War. He also starred in and co-produced the indie thriller "Forgetting the Girl. Joel Schumacher's "Flawless." which McNairy both starred in and produced. His upcoming films also include Lynn Shelton's "Touchy Feely." "My Name is Earl." starring Adrian Pasdar." with Bill Murray and Mickey Rourke. in Richard Linklater's "A Scanner Darkly." in which he stars opposite Ellen Page and Allison Janney. and Terry Zwigoff's "Art School Confidential." With John Pierce. was honored with the John Cassavetes Award—presented for Best Feature Made for Under $500." Mike Nichols' "Charlie Wilson's War.000—at the Independent Spirit Awards." "The Shield. "Bones.
RORY COCHRANE (Lee Schatz) starred opposite Milla Jovovich in the 2011 comedy "Bringing Up Bobby.and the Boys." McNairy will be seen this year in Gus Van Sant's "Promise Land." starring Amy Seimetz." with Vince Vaughn." His additional television credits include the award-winning TNT miniseries "The Company. opposite Jon Voight." On the stage. He later had a seven-episode arc." directed by Famke Janssen." "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and the telefilm "Two Families. In addition to "Argo." with Philip Seymour Hoffman." with Brad Pitt and Chiwetel Ejiofor." In 2008. in Linklater's "Dazed and Confused. McNairy formed The Group Films. Echternkamp's "Frank and Cindy. Cochrane previously co-starred with Robert Downey Jr." and Adam Rapp's "Blackbird. in a recurring role." Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island." on which he co-starred with Michael Keaton and Chris O'Donnell. His other recent film credits include Mitch Glazer's "Passion Play. The movie was written and directed by Alex Holdridge..
CHRISTOPHER DENHAM (Mark Lijek) stars in Barry Levinson's horror thriller "The Bay." He returned to Broadway in 2006 in Martin
© 2012 Warner Bros. and James Gandolfini. Denham made his feature directorial and writing debut with "Home Movie. Slater." inspired by the filmmaker's award-winning documentary of the same name and starring Rene Russo and Michael Pena. Ben Mendelsohn.J. and Michael Mann's "Public Enemies. "The Prime Gig. His television credits include episodes of "Person of Interest." "Law & Order." with Bruce Willis." with Liv Tyler." "Rubicon.ARGO (2012)
of a Midnight Kiss. the company is in post-production on G." Tony Gilroy's "Duplicity." with Brad Pitt." "How I Met Your Mother" and." on which he was a regular from 2002 through 2004. he has made guest appearances on such shows as "Six Feet Under." On television. and "Empire Records.
McDonagh's "The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Her other film credits include Edward Burns' "Newlyweds" and "Nice Guy Johnny". she made her Broadway debut in the revival of George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion. Entertainment
." for which Denham won a Lucille Lortel Award for Best Lead Actor." She is currently shooting "Grand Piano" in Barcelona.
KERRY BISHÉ (Kathy Stafford) appears this fall in Edward Burns' "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas. and "The Understudy." directed by Alan Rickman. and "Nightlife. In 2007." starring Claire Danes and Jefferson Mays.
© 2012 Warner Bros. Kevin Smith's "Red State". She performed the title role in the one-woman play "My Name Is Rachel Corrie. she starred as Lucy Bennett on the 2010 season of the medical sitcom "Scrubs. "Cagelove." directed by Will Gluck." His off-Broadway credits include "Wintertime" and Adam Rapp's "Red Light Winter. in which she stars opposite Elijah Wood and John Cusack under the direction of Eugenio Mira. "Turkey Bowl". "Virtuality. Bishé studied at Northwestern University and began her career in the theatre. Denham's own first play." directed by Zach Braff." She was also seen in the telefilms "Iceland." On television." played at the Rattlestick Playwright Theater under the direction of Rapp." for director Peter Berg.
Heslov received Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for the screenplay. and a Screen Actors Guild Award® nomination as part of the ensemble cast. he is highly regarded for his global humanitarian efforts on behalf of a number of important causes. one for Best Actor for his role in Alexander Payne's "The Descendants. he recently served as an executive producer on the TNT series "Memphis Beat. He has also produced Clooney's period football comedy "Leatherheads" and Anton Corbijn's thriller "The American. Heslov earned his latest Oscar® nod. Ewan McGregor. for Clooney's fact-based drama "Good Night.See bio in About the Cast section. Heslov also won a Writers Guild of America Award and the PGA's Stanley Kramer Award. In addition. and a co-executive producer on "K Street. writer. Heslov also garnered two BAFTA Award nominations. and Good Luck.ARGO (2012)
About the Filmmakers
BEN AFFLECK (Tony Mendez / Director / Producer) ." and another for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on the
© 2012 Warner Bros. Together with George Clooney." also for HBO." based on the book by Harlan Coben. an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Feature. The company is currently in production on the film version of Tracy Letts' award-winning play "August: Osage County.
CHRIS TERRIO (Screenwriter) makes his feature screenwriting debut with "Argo. Entertainment
. a Golden Globe nomination for Best Screenplay. he was an executive producer on the HBO series "Unscripted." for which he also directed several episodes. He is also known for his acting work in both films and on television. In 2009. director and producer.
GEORGE CLOONEY (Producer) is an Academy Award®-winning actor who has also been recognized with Oscar® nominations and numerous other honors for his work as a writer.
GRANT HESLOV (Producer) has been recognized for his work as a producer. Heslov made his major feature film directorial debut with "The Men Who Stare at Goats. In addition. Heslov began his producing career as a co-producer on "Intolerable Cruelty. as well as a Producers Guild of America (PGA) Award nomination as one of the film's producers." to be produced by the Weinstein Company in 2013." Additionally. for both Picture and Original Screenplay." directed by George Clooney." which marked his first collaboration with Clooney." For television. Among the film's numerous honors. who also starred with Ryan Gosling. he garnered two more Oscar® nominations." Terrio's current projects include his original screenplay "The Ends of the Earth. Heslov previously earned dual Oscar® nominations." A three-time Academy Award® nominee." For his work on the film. for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. he is a principal partner in Smokehouse Pictures. in the category of Best Adapted Screenplay. director and actor. Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey." starring Clooney. and an American remake of Guillaume Canet's thriller "Tell No One. for the 2011 political drama "The Ides of March. Earlier this year.
and Good Luck. Soderbergh's "Solaris" and "Out of Sight". Where Art Thou?. an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Director." and "Welcome to Collinwood. directed by Soderberg and starring Clooney as part of an all-star ensemble cast. Fox. Clooney executive produced and directed five episodes of "Unscripted. SAG Award® and Critics' Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Syriana." for which Clooney won his first Golden Globe Award. and a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nomination for Best Ensemble. and for his performance in Jason Reitman's 2009 hit "Up in the Air. For his performance in "The Descendants. for Best Director and Best Screenplay. "One Fine Day". BAFTA Award and Critics' Choice Award nominations. Entertainment
. and Good Luck. "The Perfect Storm"." Clooney also won a Golden Globe and several critics groups' awards. Clooney partnered with Grant Heslov to form Smokehouse Pictures." "Far From Heaven. Clooney was previously partnered with Steven Soderbergh in the production company Section Eight. Other Section Eight films include the aforementioned "Michael Clayton. and earned BAFTA Award and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nominations." On the small screen. all for Best Actor." as well as "The Informant!. and "Intolerable Cruelty". and starred in with Ryan Gosling." which Clooney directed. which produced the "Ocean's" trilogy. For his work behind the camera on "The Ides of March." In addition." on which he was also an executive producer. bringing him a Special Achievement in Film Award from the National Board of Review." He also received Golden Globe. he won a Golden Globe Award and earned BAFTA Award." and "Syriana" also brought him numerous other accolades. Under their Smokehouse banner. co-wrote and starred in." "Full Frontal. Clooney also starred in and produced 2009's "The Men Who Stare at Goats." "The Good German." "O Brother. In 2006. He was also an executive producer on HBO's "K Street. Clooney's work on "Good Night." "The Jacket." Clooney received Golden Globe nominations.." It marked the first time in Academy history that an individual received acting and directing nominations for two different films in the same year." marking Heslov's film directorial debut. he earned Golden Globe." He also lent his voice to the title character in Wes Anderson's Oscar®-nominated animated feature "Fantastic Mr. nominations for both a Directors Guild of America Award and a WGA Award. "Three Kings"." For Section Eight's television division. Clooney won an Oscar® for Best Supporting Actor for "Syriana" and that same year also received Academy Award® nominations for Best Director and for Best Original Screenplay for "Good Night. and Good Luck. And Good Luck. Section Eight also produced the 2002 film "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind." "Syriana" and "Good Night." which he also directed. whose inaugural production was the 2008 release "Leatherheads. For the first. BAFTA Award and SAG Award® nominations for both films. Clooney has starred in several television projects but is best known for his five
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political drama "The Ides of March. produced." a reality-based show that debuted on HBO in 2005." His other film acting credits include the Coen brothers' films "Burn After Reading. "Batman & Robin". for Best Director and Best Screenplay. and "From Dusk Till Dawn. "The Peacemaker"." "Insomnia." Clooney has since earned two more Oscar® nominations in the category of Best Actor: for the title role of the 2007 drama "Michael Clayton. shared with the cast.
" directed by Clooney." the true story of an unemployed white Dutchman who was found to be the reincarnated king of the West African nation of Ghana.
CHRIS BRIGHAM (Executive Producer) served as an executive producer on Christopher Nolan's award-winning and thought-provoking drama "Inception."
DAVID KLAWANS (Executive Producer) has a knack for discovering obscure true stories with an eye towards those that translate well to film." starring Jack Black. He is currently producing Lucas High. Wolarsky spent six years as Senior Vice President of George Clooney and Grant Heslov's Smokehouse Pictures. Klawans was named by LA Weekly as one of Los Angeles' most interesting people in their annual Best of LA People issue.
NINA WOLARSKY (Executive Producer) recently joined Netflix where she is part of the team overseeing the company's slate of upcoming original series. and the upcoming "Our Brand is Crisis. During her tenure. Wolarsky is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and began her career as a book scout. she served as co-executive producer on the Academy Award®-nominated "Revolutionary Road. In 2002.ARGO (2012)
years on "ER. among her credits. Talib Kweli and The Pharcyde." and "Orange is the New Black. He currently has a number of feature projects in development." Previously. a hip-hop tribute album to his late jazz musician step-father. where she oversaw the film company. Klawans has also set up film projects with such talents as Will Smith and director Curtis Hanson." His portrayal of Dr. he was an executive producer and star of the Golden Globe winning 2000 live television broadcast of "Fail Safe." He is also an executive producer on the Smokehouse series "Memphis Beat. he produced the independent documentary "Togbe. which was inspired by a real story. Golden Globe and SAG Award® nominations. Doug Ross on the hit NBC drama series earned him Emmy." A graduate of NYU Film School." both also
© 2012 Warner Bros. including "House of Cards. which led to a first-look deal at Sony Pictures. including "Argo. He began his producing career after developing several non-fiction stories. Klawans started out as a production coordinator and researcher." starring Leonardo DiCaprio." directed by Sam Mendes and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. He produced the 2006 hit comedy "Nacho Libre. Prior to Smokehouse." "Arrested Development. In 2007. including the true crime thriller "Art of the Steal. featuring Big Daddy Kane. Wolarsky was Vice President of Development and Production at New York based Hart-Sharp Entertainment where. he was Emmy-nominated for his producing work on the 2010 telethon "Hope for Haiti Now. Wolarsky was responsible for bringing in and developing projects. Additionally. Entertainment
." as well as the Academy Award®-nominated "The Ides of March." based on the 1962 novel of the same name. It aired on PBS and was shown at the United Nations. He also executive produced the Martin Scorsese-directed films "Shutter Island" and "The Aviator. More recently." also serving as an executive producer on the films.
In 2011." starring Matt Damon and Will Smith. who also cowrote and starred in the film with Jeremy Renner. who has worked with some of the industry's foremost talents on both major motion pictures and independent features. Kevin Reynolds' "The Count of Monte Cristo". She made her producing debut as a co-producer on Affleck's first directorial effort. He received Best Picture Oscar® and
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GRAHAM KING (Executive Producer) is an Oscar®-winning producer. he is serving as an executive producer on Darren Aronofsky's "Noah." directed by Affleck. He is also a partner in GK Films." starring Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman." about the competition between explorers Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott to reach the southern tip of the globe. In addition. she began her entertainment career in corporate PR strategy for Walt Disney Imagineering. Carter started working directly for Affleck. Born and raised in Los Angeles. to be directed by Affleck. Brigham's other credits as an executive producer include "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Jon Hamm and Blake Lively." The following year. Under the Pearl Street banner. with Casey Affleck starring as Scott. beginning her long association with Affleck.ARGO (2012)
starring DiCaprio. Carter moved to LivePlanet. Not long after returning home." directed by George Miller and starring Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon. Entertainment
CHAY CARTER (Executive Producer) is a producer with Pearl Street Films." for director Rob Cohen. In 2001." starring Russell Crowe. which has a first-look deal at Warner Bros. Harold Ramis' hit comedies "Analyze This" and "Analyze That. Rebecca Hall." starring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise. King served as a producer on four very diverse films. and "Lorenzo's Oil. she worked on the publicity for various projects. Michelle Monaghan. she served as a co-producer on the acclaimed drama "The Town. the widely praised 2007 independent drama "Gone Baby Gone. where she graduated with a BA in Communications and Psychology." starring Samuel L." starring Will Smith. In 2010." starring Meryl Streep. most notably including "Project Greenlight. the company he founded with Tim Headington in 2007." starring Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie." both starring Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal. and "The Stand. While there. Her upcoming films also include the historical adventure "Race to the South Pole." a feature based on the Stephen King novel. Carter attended the University of Southern California before segueing to Boston College. the production company headed by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. who will also star alongside Damon and Casey Affleck. Brigham's other credits as unit production manager include Fred Schepisi's "Six Degrees of Separation. Jackson and David Caruso. who formed the production company with Matt Damon. Currently. Carter will next be a producer on a feature film about infamous Boston mobster Whitey Bulger. Brigham co-produced Michael Apted's "Extreme Measures. Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris. He also reunited with Barbet Schroeder to co-produce "Before and After. Robert De Niro's "The Good Shepherd. and Robert Redford's "The Legend of Bagger Vance. having previously served as unit production manager on Schroeder's "Kiss of Death. Neil Jordan's "Interview with the Vampire." starring Casey Affleck.
King's earlier producing credits also include the romantic thriller "The Tourist. for his producing work on Scorsese's widely praised Howard Hughes biopic "The Aviator." starring Emily Blunt. it received 11 Academy Award® nominations. Matt Damon. Daniel Day-Lewis and Cameron Diaz." featuring the voice of Johnny Depp in the title role. and won a BAFTA Award." Among the film's many honors. King was previously the President and CEO of Initial Entertainment Group. he produced Angelina Jolie's feature directorial debut. he served as a co-executive producer on Scorsese's Oscar®-nominated epic drama "Gangs of New York.
TIM HEADINGTON (Executive Producer) was a producer on Martin Scorsese's acclaimed 2011 fantasy adventure "Hugo. King has a number of other projects forthcoming that he will produce under the GK Films banner. King is a producer on the screen version of the smash hit musical "Jersey Boys. Earlier this year. King moved to the United States in 1982 and was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2009. including an untitled Freddie Mercury project. the historical drama "The Young Victoria." pairing Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. and "The Rum Dia© 2012 Warner Bros. he served as an executive producer on such films as Steven Soderbergh's Oscar®-winning ensemble drama "Traffic". and "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys. During King's tenure as President and CEO of Initial Entertainment Group. Eva Green and Helena Bonham Carter. King was a producer on Tim Burton's gothic supernatural thriller "Dark Shadows. Martin Campbell's thriller "Edge of Darkness. A native of the United Kingdom. as well as a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture – Drama." produced by and starring Jodie Foster." which was Golden Globe nominated for Best Foreign Language Film." Additionally. The film won a total of four Academy Awards®. also including Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. including Best Picture. Michael Mann's biographical drama "Ali. "In the Land of Blood and Honey. Michelle Pfeiffer." starring DiCaprio." starring Depp. He received his first Best Picture Academy Award® nomination. King previously won a Best Picture Oscar® as a producer on Scorsese's 2006 crime drama "The Departed. and the drama "Blood Diamond." starring DiCaprio. which he founded in 1995. he was honored by the Producers Guild of America (PGA) with a Golden Laurel Award as Producer of the Year. Ben Affleck's crime drama "The Town." starring Mel Gibson." starring Will Smith in the title role." starring Affleck and Jeremy Renner." He also produced Gore Verbinski's animated comedy "Rango." starring Leonardo DiCaprio." for which he received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Miniseries." starring DiCaprio. he produced Angelina Jolie's feature directorial debut. and the independent drama "The Rum Diary. "In the Land of Blood and Honey.ARGO (2012)
Golden Globe nominations as a producer on Martin Scorsese's acclaimed fantasy adventure "Hugo. In addition. Also in 2011. Additionally. and "Little White Corvette. which won an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature. Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg." which received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Entertainment
." starring Depp. Upcoming. King went on to executive produce the television miniseries "Traffic." to star Emma Stone. That same year.
GK-TV." The company has a broad development slate of projects. Headington more recently served as an executive producer on Tim Burton's gothic supernatural thriller "Dark Shadows.
ANTONIO J. in 2007. he was awarded the Intelligence Star for Valor for engineering and conducting the rescue of six U. often overseas. which garnered three Golden Globe nominations.S.A. In addition. He was previously a producer on the action thriller "The Tourist. an author and an awardwinning painter with an international reputation. film production. To the CIA he was their master of disguise. diplomats from Iran during the hostage crisis. Over the course of his career. infinitum nihil. Born in Nevada. distribution. (TONY) MENDEZ (Author) is a retired CIA officer.ARGO (2012)
ry. including Best Actor. he also has a wide range of projects in various stages of development. which. more than 30 years later." starring Mel Gibson." featuring the voice of Depp. He lives and works on his forty-acre farm in rural Maryland. Inc." starring Johnny Depp and produced with Depp's company. he worked undercover. as well as numerous critics awards. complete with personnel. a Dallasheadquartered company concentrated primarily in oil and natural gas." with an ensemble cast led by Depp. Presently. To his friends he was a quiet bureaucrat working for the U. he is producing the screen version of the hit musical "Jersey Boys. From adventures in East Asia to Cold War intrigue in Moscow." Under the GK Films banner." starring Depp and Jolie.. Headington is President and sole shareholder of Headington Resources. Headington formed the Los Angeles-based production company GK Films. publicity and real estate in L. Best Actress and Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. he was there. In January 1980. For 25 years. Their previous productions include "Edge of Darkness. Entertainment
. participating in some of the most important covert operations of the Cold War. production and financing on wide release commercial pictures. and the three-time Academy Award®-nominated romantic drama "The Young Victoria. together with longtime friend and colleague Graham King. allowing them to move securely around the world. He and King are partners in two other subsidiaries of GK Films: GK-TV and FilmDistrict." This rescue operation involved creating an ostensible Hollywood film production company. produced the miniseries "Camelot" and is developing the drama series "Port Royal. Mendez was recruited in 1965 by the CIA's Technical Services Division. which won an Oscar® and a BAFTA Award for Best Animated Feature.
© 2012 Warner Bros. which Headington will produce. military. Headington also served as an executive producer on Gore Verbinksi's "Rango. their television division. Mendez moved up into the CIA's executive rank. real estate/hotel development.S. The company plans to theatrically distribute several films per year. became the basis for the film "Argo." FilmDistrict is a multi-faceted studio that encompasses acquisitions. scripts. private equity and entertainment. He and his subordinates were responsible for changing the identity and appearance of thousands of clandestine operatives.
came out in September 2002. entitled Spy Dust. now Director of the Central Intelligence Agency..ARGO (2012)
When Mendez retired in November 1990. General David Petraeus. DC. with Matt Baglio. Intelligence community. Harper's. or initiative." for which Prieto received an Independent Spirit Award nomination and won a Venice Film Festival Award for Best Cinematography. Prieto is currently lensing "The Wolf of Wall Street" for director Martin Scorsese." Oliver Stone's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." for which Prieto won Mexico's Silver Ariel Award." several of Bearman's articles and radio stories have been optioned for film and television." ARGO: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled off the Most Audacious Rescue in History. he was one of 50 officers—from the tens of thousands who had worked at the Agency over those first five decades—chosen to receive the Trailblazer Medallion. In addition to his Wired Magazine article "The Great Escape. a non-profit tutoring center in Los Angeles." Francis Lawrence's "Water for Elephants. written with his wife. was published in November 1999. as well as serve as a consultant to the U." which marked his first collaboration with Iñárritu and for which Prieto won another Silver Ariel Award. He most recently wrote." He gained international recognition for his cinematography on the 2000 film "Amores Perros. He has published articles in their journals and he and his wife are founding board members of the International Spy Museum in Washington.. His recent film credits also include Cameron Crowe's "We Bought a Zoo. The Master of Disguise." earning another BAFTA Award
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. He reunited with Lee in 2007 on "Lust." for which he also won several critics groups' awards." Mendez's first book. example. Mendez continues to paint and lecture. Caution. and McSweeney's. he had earned the CIA's Intelligence Medal of Merit and two Certificates of Distinction.
RODRIGO PRIETO (Director of Photography) earned Academy Award® and BAFTA Award nominations for his sweeping cinematography in Ang Lee's groundbreaking 2005 film "Brokeback Mountain." Bearman is also a board member of 826LA. called Mendez out as one of three OTS officers who had made a difference in how the CIA did its work.S. where he won his first Silver Ariel Award for his work on David Gruener's "Sobrenatural. His second book. This honor recognized him as an "officer who by his actions. He writes for Rolling Stone. Jonna. Wired. on the 50th anniversary of the CIA.helped shape the history of the CIA. a complete retelling of the operation depicted in the film "Argo. The New York Times Magazine. as well as a Golden Frog at the Camerimage International Film Festival. He has since teamed with Iñárritu on "21 Grams" and "Babel. He was a contributing producer on the 2007 documentary "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. Prieto began his career in his native Mexico." and Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Biutiful.
JOSHUAH BEARMAN ("Based on" Writer) is a magazine writer in Los Angeles. At the 60th Anniversary of the CIA's Office of Technical Service. Seven years later. which was just published.
His television credits also include the HBO movie "Body Language" and the pilot for the FX series "Over There. Gary Ross's "Seabiscuit" and Michael Mann's "The Insider.ARGO (2012)
nomination for the latter." and also served as the costume designer on Sergey Bodrov's
© 2012 Warner Bros." He is currently editing Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty. and Frank Marshall's "Alive." "Duets." Earlier in her career." directed by and starring George Clooney."
SHARON SEYMOUR (Production Designer) worked with Ben Affleck as the production designer on his directorial debut feature." Pedro Almodovar's "Broken Embraces." For television." a thriller about the hunt for Osama bin Laden." for which she received an Art Directors Guild Award nomination. as well as a BAFTA Award nomination." West has since worked again with Malick on the upcoming "Knight of Cups." In addition. a two-time Academy Award® nominee." and Kevin Macdonald's "State of Play. Goldenberg edited Sean Astin's Oscar®nominated short." starring Clooney. Goldenberg earned an Emmy nomination for Best Editing for a Miniseries or Special for the HBO movie "Citizen X. "Gone Baby Gone." "Don Juan DeMarco." "Heart of Dixie" and "Johnny Be Good." His additional film credits include Jon Turteltaub's "National Treasure." "The Truth About Cats & Dogs. Tony Scott's "Domino". Seymour more recently served as the production designer on the political drama "The Ides of March." She reunited with the director to design his 2010 hit drama "The Town. "Gone Baby Gone. "Kangaroo Court. the Michael Mann-directed features "Heat. for Best Costume Design for her work on David Fincher's acclaimed drama "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. She has also served as the production designer on such movies as "Because I Said So. He also recently served as editor on the Michael Bay-directed blockbuster "Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Gary Ross's "Pleasantville". and "The Men Who Stare at Goats. Prieto's collaborations with other directors include Julie Taymor's "Frida." and the Terrence Malickdirected films "The Tree of Life" and "To the Wonder."
WILLIAM GOLDENBERG (Editor) has earned two Academy Award® nominations. Seymour worked as the art director on a number of films." Goldenberg previously worked with Ben Affleck on the director's debut film. including "Pacific Heights. Seymour's recent film credits also include "Love Happens." "Friday Night Lights. Entertainment
. for his editing work on two true-life dramas." "Ali" and "Miami Vice"." In 2010." "40 Days and 40 Nights." He received a second Emmy nomination for Outstanding MultiCamera Editing for the 74th Annual Academy Awards. received her latest Oscar® nod." starring Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart." Oliver Stone's "Alexander." Spike Lee's "25th Hour." "Bad Santa."
JACQUELINE WEST (Costume Designer)." "Novocaine." "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"." Curtis Hanson's "8 Mile." She more recently designed the costumes for Francis Lawrence's "Water for Elephants. Dave McNally's "Coyote Ugly"." "The Rules of Attraction. she reunited with Fincher on his award-winning fact-based drama "The Social Network." "The Cable Guy." and "Reality Bites.
" In his native France. Oscar®." about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. who has created the music for a wide range of films. "Quills. and Kevin Macdonald's "State of Play." Desplat has earned four more César Award nominations." due out in November 2012." From 1988 to 1997." and also received Golden Globe nominations for his scores for Stephen Gaghan's "Syriana" and Peter Webber's "Girl with a Pearl Earring. She also owned retail stores and had a contemporary department in Barney's New York and Japan. Entertainment
. He received his most recent Oscar® nod for his score for the Best Picture winner "The King's Speech." and "The League of Extraordinary Gentleman. Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"." for which he also won a BAFTA Award and earned a Golden Globe nomination." Her other early credits include "The Banger Sisters. and Oscar® and BAFTA Award nominations for Stephen Frears' "The Queen. "Carnage." which reunited him with Roman Polanski. West ran her own clothing company and designed a nationally known line of clothes. Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"." Desplat's music will next be heard in the animated feature "Rise of the Guardians. He previously garnered Oscar® and BAFTA Award nominations for his score for the animated "Fantastic Mr.
ALEXANDRE DESPLAT (Composer) is a four-time Academy Award® nominee. George Clooney's "The Ides of March"." He also composed the scores for the two-film finale of the Harry Potter film franchise." due out in Fall 2013. Desplat won a Golden Globe Award for John Curran's "The Painted Veil." which also earned him a Silver Bear from the 2005 Berlin Film Festival. Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom". He received his latest César Award nomination for his score for Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Rider. "The Invasion". Desplat won the César Award for his score for "The Beat That My Heart Skipped. and Ang Lee's "Lust.ARGO (2012)
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© 2012 Warner Bros." directed by Terrence Malick. Caution. "Lonely Hearts". including one for the Oscar®-nominated 2009 French film "A Prophet. West earned her first Oscar® and BAFTA Award nominations for her period costume designs for Philip Kaufman's 2000 biopic about the Marquis de Sade. He is also scoring Kathryn Bigelow's fact-based thriller "Zero Dark Thirty. the Chris Weitz-directed films "A Better Life." She has since worked on "The New World." "Leo." marking her first collaboration with Terrence Malick. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 and 2." His other film work includes "Tamara Drewe"." Desplat more recently created the scores for the critically acclaimed features "The Tree of Life. and the French film "Rust and Bone. "Down in the Valley"." and then made her debut as a costume designer on the director's "Rising Sun." In addition. Nora Ephron's "Julie & Julia"." "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" and "The Golden Compass". Fox"." She had made her first foray into films as a creative consultant on Kaufman's "Henry & June.
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