News of Argo, the next effort from Ben Affleck as director and star, hit the web only yesterday and there’s already more to say about it. Alan Arkin and John Goodman were both pegged to be in final negotiations for roles in the film, and now it turns out that Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston is in talks for a key part as well.
The based-on-truth story follows Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck), a CIA agent who, in 1979, staged a daring rescue of six American diplomats hiding out at the Canadian embassy in Iran by using an amusing bit of subterfuge. The ploy involved establishing the diplomats as a crew of location scouts for a fake Hollywood production operating under the title Argo. Cranston will play Jack O’Donnell, who Variety describes as “an Irish CIA agent from Boston and Dwight Eisenhower’s wartime bodyguard.” Mendez initially plotted out the rescue in Canada, but he eventually flew to Tehran with a fellow agent, both to sell the ruse and to coordinate the operation. O’Donnell is presumably the fellow agent he traveled with.
Even if he fits into the story some other way, I think anyone who’s seen Breaking Bad can agree that more Cranston is always a good thing.
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