Tony Mendez, clandestine CIA hero of Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo,’ reveals the real story behind film smash
“I was in the middle of the audience, and Ben asked me to stand up,” Mr. Mendez said. “People were applauding even harder. It was kind of awkward having a huge crowd applaud you on and on. You wonder what you are supposed to be doing.”
Also attending the screening was Bob Anders, one of the six American “houseguests.” Mr. Anders and Mr. Mendez subsequently took the same flight from Los Angeles to Washington, where the Canadian Embassy and the Spy Museum are hosting “Argo” events this week.
“He said, ‘The last time I went to the airport with you, you know what happened,’ ” Mr. Mendez said. “I said, ‘Yeah, we brought the Bloody Marys out.’ So we ordered them as we were taking off.”
Mr. Mendez laughed.
“He saluted me with a Bloody Mary,” he said. “And I yelled, ‘Argo!’ “
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