Iranian media reports that authorities plan to sue Hollywood over "Argo"

Claiming that the film gives an "unrealistic portrayal" of the country

By Prachi Gupta

Published March 12, 2013 12:47PM (EDT)

The Associated Press is reporting that several Iranian media outlets, including the Shargh daily, are saying that French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre (famous for reprsenting Venezuelan terrorist Carlos the Jackal) is currently advising Iranian authorities on how to file a lawsuit against Hollywood over Ben Affleck's Oscar-winning film, "Argo."

The talks come after officials dismissed the film about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, calling it anti-Iran propaganda in February, and again taking issue with Michelle Obama's presentation of the best picture award to "Argo" at the Oscars ceremony. The lawsuit would allege that "Argo" gives an "unrealistic portrayal" of the country, but it's not clear yet specifically whom the lawsuit would target.

As of January, the Iranian government has been working on its own retelling of the crisis, called "The General Staff."  According to the Hollywood Reporter, the project is being liberally funded by the Art Bureau of the Iranian government.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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