Warner Bros. has confirmed that director Ben Affleck has changed the postscript to Argo since it screened at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month.
The film, in theaters Oct. 12, is based on the real-life rescue of six U.S. citizens who found refuge at the home of Canadian ambassador, Ken Taylor, during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. The film has been generating plenty of Oscar chatter and critical love (EW’s Lisa Schwarzbaum writes that it “toggles deftly between scenes of almost unbearable, honestly earned tension and controlled movie-world chaos with sensitivity and a sure touch, building to a thrilling climax”).
But according to the Wrap, those close to Taylor — played in the film by the always-dignified Victor Garber — felt that the film gave too much credit to the C.I.A for the heroic efforts at the expense of the Canadians.
Affleck has changed the postscript at the end of the film to the following: “The involvement of the CIA complemented efforts of the Canadian embassy to free the six held in Tehran. To this day the story stands as an enduring model of international co-operation between governments.”
Affleck also — according to the Toronto Star – flew Taylor and his wife to Los Angeles for a private screening of the film. Taylor told the Star, “In reality, Canada was responsible for the six and the CIA was a junior partner. But I realize this is a movie and you have to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Ben was very gracious and we got along really well.”
In fact, Affleck and Taylor reportedly got along so well that Taylor and his wife have recorded commentary for the eventual DVD release of Argo.
Another Hollywood happy ending.