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5 Interesting Facts About Argo

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March 1, 2013 by Craig Sutherland


– Besides being the title of the “movie” being filmed in the movie, “Argo” is from Greek mythology. It was the ship Jason and the Argonauts sailed in to retrieve the Golden Fleece.

– The character of Jack Kirby (played by Michael Parks), shown briefly as the artist of the storyboards for the fake movie, is the same Jack Kirby who was a pioneer of the American comic book industry and a co-creator of such seminal comic book characters as Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, the Silver Surfer, and the teams known as The Avengers, The Fantastic Four, and The X-Men. Kirby did indeed create storyboards for the adaptation of Roger Zelazny’s novel Lord of Light, which were used as “proof” of the movie production during the real-life “Canadian Caper.”

– Comic book artist Jim Lee owns some of the storyboards from the fake film. He stated on Twitter when this film was released that he had no idea they had been used in the mission, he only bought them being a fan of Jack Kirby

– First movie in 7 years to win the Oscar for Best Motion Picture without winning the Oscar for Best Director (the previous movie was “Crash”). It is also the first movie in 23 years to win the Oscar for Best Motion Picture without being nominated for Best Director (the previous one was “Driving Miss Daisy”).

– In order to make the movie feel like the 1970s, Ben Affleck shot it on regular film, cut the frames in half, and blew those images up 200% to increase their graininess. He also copied camera movements and bustling office scenes from All the President’s Men for sequences depicting CIA headquarters; for L.A. exteriors, he borrowed from The Killing of a Chinese Bookie.

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Trivia taken from IMDB

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