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'Canadian Caper' hero says Argo took liberties

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TORONTO -- One of the central figures in the "Canadian Caper" during the Iranian hostage crisis says the movie Argo took a lot of creative liberties with reality.

Former ambassador Ken Taylor was characteristically diplomatic last night during a talk with Ryerson University students.

A jovial Taylor said the film was great in terms of sheer entertainment, but said Argo's screenwriter didn't know what he was talking about.

He took issue with a myriad of creative liberties that included the "black and white" portrayal of Iranian people, fabricated scenes and the suggestion he was little more than a meek observer to CIA heroics.

The 1979 crisis made a hero out of Taylor, who helped shelter several Americans who escaped the storming of the U.S. embassy until they could be whisked out of Iran.

Taylor says an upcoming documentary will present a more balanced picture of his role and the situation in Iran.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 16, 2013 G2

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