CIA agent who inspired 'Argo' says Oscar win was amazing

Feb 28, 2013, 02:17 IST | ANI

The former CIA officer whose real-life story is adapted by Ben Affleck in the Oscar-winning film 'Argo' gushed about the Sunday's victory, saying "it was amazing."

Tony Mendez, whose real-life story is adapted by Affleck in his Best Picture-winning movie, finally made his first comment on the film’s victory at the Academy Awards during an interview with Piers Morgan on Tuesday, February 26, Aceshowbiz reported.

“It was beyond belief,” Mendez, who is now 73 years old, described his feeling upon hearing the results on Sunday.  “It was an emotional reaction, it was amazing. Nothing I ever did in the service was as scary as that moment. But it also had the high as well as the low,” he said.

Mendez was the one who penned the book, “Argo:How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled off the Most Audacious Rescue in History”, which tells the story of the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, and unfolds behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis-the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades.

During his appearance on ‘Piers Morgan Tonight’, Mendez was accompanied by his wife Jonna, who was equally excited about ‘Argo’ win.

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