Iran Reportedly Considering Suing Hollywood Over Argo

Ben Affleck‘s Argo won the “best picture” Oscar as well as widespread acclaim, but — given that the film is based on the 1979 escape of six hostages from Tehran — it’s not exactly surprising that Iran doesn’t have such a favorable opinion. Moreover, according to the Associated Press, Iran is considering a lawsuit.

“Iranian media say authorities are planning to sue Hollywood” over what they deem to be “unrealistic portrayal” of the country, the report noted.

Several news outlets, including the pro-reform Shargh daily, said on Tuesday that French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre is in Iran for talks with officials over how and where to file the lawsuit. Coutant-Peyre is also the lawyer for notorious Venezuelan-born terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, known as Carlos the Jackal.

The movie, Iranian officials have argued, is anti-Iran while basically advertising the CIA. The lawsuit decision, specifically, followed a screening of the movie on Monday night — which “a group of Iranian cultural officials and movie critics” attended.

(h/t AP)

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