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Welcome back -- the movie -- tells the story of how a CIA agent was able to help six American hostages escape from Iran by pretending to be Hollywood producers.
Where's your passport issues and -- -- reborn trumped up trial and is a prostitute was your job and the producer associate producer was last movie produced.
High and dry compared to that CF TCU middle name what's your middle name what's your middle name -- shooting he's an -- -- Joining us now is someone who actually lived through that ordeal mark why Jack was one of the six Americans rescued he's also the author of the house guests.
Kasagic thanks a lot for joining us what you give us your assessment of the movies accuracy did you think it was sort of like.
Well parts of -- are true life parts aren't I thought it was a good balance of showing faxed to the beginning when they open with what are what looked very much like real historical sequences.
Of the attack on the embassy and then.
Of course the Hollywood part.
I can only guess from what Tony.
Mendez has told me and it was reasonably accurate except.
For some of the characters but quite the the -- Dramatization takes place at the airport as we're trying to leave and I think it was necessary because how lost you make a thriller when everybody knows the ending I mean everybody knew we got out so they had to jazz it up.
So it wasn't necessarily that -- at the end when you're trying to board that Swissair flight.
No actually the airport was really smooth so I mean we had only one pick up and that was.
We were told the flight will be delayed three hours after we had cleared everything including security and we're waiting for the -- -- that was.
-- well obviously disconcerting but the actual delay ended up being more like thirty minutes now along thirty minutes but.
We can live with that -- -- much -- so now.
Now -- where you otherwise.
Were you surprised -- someone who was living in Iran at this pivot point in its history how quickly that country went from.
A form of democracy to an Islamic dictatorship.
No actually not.
That is in fact -- that the big Gerome.
Mistake I think we made the people on the ground at the embassy understood that the alternative to the Shaw was an Islamic dictatorship.
It was unfortunately people what State Department who thought that there was no chance for the secular.
Democratic opposition to actually form a government and stay in power and -- that turned out of course not to be true.
There was a big point of disagreement between the embassy in Washington.
When you are sitting in the theater again watching this film -- go for the first time.
And you lived through this event having lived in the Canadian embassy stuck there worry that you were going to be killed them.
Any information got out about your whereabouts.
What did you think if you were re watching.
Your life on the big screen her.
Well there was served -- interesting to see how.
I'm portrayed how the how the made the group dynamic work and and compare -- with the reality.
In fact we were split between two houses.
I realized they couldn't do that for purposes of the dramatic effect in the film it wouldn't work but.
Well actually scarier than their holy -- we had a pregnant and during the three months we were hiding with the Canadians they took excellent care of us.
And while there were tense moments here in there for the most part it was.
Boredom was that was a main enemy not not fear.
-- like Jack thank you so much for joining us I appreciate.
-- thank you the book is called house guests his account of being trapped there in Iran thanks.
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