“The trick is that you have to believe the lie and believe it so much that the lie becomes the truth.” - Tony Mendez
Before ARGO was a dramatic Ben Affleck-directed film, it was a story in Wired Magazine. But long before that, it was also known as the “Canadian Caper” — a rescue mission coordinated by the CIA and the Canadian government to rescue six U.S. diplomats from Iran, by disguising the six hostages as a Canadian film crew shooting a fabricated sci-fi flick titled “Argo” as cover.
The script – signed by director and star of the film Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and Alan Arkin – joins several artifacts from the real mission, including magazine ads, movie posters and business cards from the pseudo-production company, all created to validate the existence of a film that served solely as the cover story for an intricate extraction plan. The collection of Argo artifacts can be found in the Museum's Covers and Legends gallery.