TEHRAN, Iran — Iran is planning to sue Hollywood over the Oscar-winning Argo because of the movie's allegedly "unrealistic portrayal" of the country, Iranian media reported Tuesday.
Several news outlets, including the pro-reform Shargh daily, said that French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre is in Iran for talks with officials over how and where to file the lawsuit. She is also the lawyer for notorious Venezuelan-born terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, known as Carlos the Jackal.
After the 1979 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days, but six embassy staffers were sheltered by the Canadian ambassador. Their escape, using a fake movie as a cover story, is recounted in Argo.
After its Oscar win in February, Iranian officials dismissed Argo as pro-CIA, anti-Iran propaganda.
Though the movie is not showing in any Iranian theaters, many Iranians have seen it on bootleg DVDs and it set off a spirited debate that exposed a generational divide. Iranians who took part in the 1979 Islamic Revolution picked apart the portrayals of Tehran at the time but those too young to recall the events were eager for a different view on what had happened.
The decision on the lawsuit came after a group of Iranian cultural officials and movie critics screened the film in a closed audience in a Tehran theater late Monday.