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Yep, you read it right. The Oscar-winning movie is getting sued!

Officials in Tehran are reportedly in talks with the lawyer of Carlos the Jackal, the infamous Venezuelan-born terrorist, as they prepare to sue Hollywood over Argo's "unrealistic portrayal" of Iran and general "Iranophobia".

According to The Guardian, French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre is discussing how and where to file the lawsuit. She recently made a statement saying:

I'll be defending Iran against films that have been made by Hollywood to distort the country's image, such as Argo.

After winning the Best Picture Oscar last month, Iranian officials dismissed 's movie as pro-CIA, anti-Iran propaganda. The fact that awarded the movie's Oscar has probably magnified suspicions about the involvement of politicians in making such movies, too.

Argo is not being shown in Iranian cinemas, but many have seen bootleg copies on DVD. The flick has reportedly split the country, with those who took part in the 1979 Islamic Revolution picking apart the portrayals of Tehran, saying that they are too highly flavored with imaginary events, but those too young to recall events more accepting of the movie.

The decision on the lawsuit came after a group of Iranian officials and movie critics screened the movie earlier this week. Officials have accused Argo of depicting Iranians as "too violent". It remains unclear what specific charges Iran could raise and what court Tehran could turn to if the action goes ahead.

What are your thoughts on the whole spectacle? Revisionist history is what Hollywood does best, but is doing that totally OK? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.


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