Iranian ambassador calls Argo 'weak' and 'insulting' in CNN interview

By Ezekiel Hernandez,
The interview with Fareed Zakaria airs Sunday morning.

Iran’s ambassador to the U.N. took to CNN Sunday morning to criticize the movie Argo, calling it “weak,” and suggesting producers take a trip into Iran to apologize.

According to the Los Angeles Times, an interview with the ambassador, Mohammad Khazee, will air Sunday morning on Fareed Zakaria GPS to discuss the reaction to the movie Argo as well as talks between nations about Iran’s heavily-scrutinized nuclear program.

As written in the transcript obtained by Bloomberg of the pre-taped interview, Khazee is quoted calling the movie “insulting” to Iranians and “a weak movie.”

Khazee personally called out director, co-producer and star Ben Affleck, inviting him to Iran, with expectations that he would “apologize from the big nation of Iran for making such a weak film.”

The ambassador’s rant went on to say that the film lacked an understanding about Iranian culture.

Affleck, along with fellow producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov, are coming off a win on Oscar night for best picture honors. However, the film’s accuracy with regard to actual events has been challenged by Canadian officials and former President of the United States Jimmy Carter.

Carter, who was a key part in the movie’s true events in 1979, said he thoroughly enjoyed the film, but that Canadians were responsible for the idea behind the operation and not the CIA, as was depicted in the film.



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