Last night, Warner Brothers and The Peggy Siegal Company fêted the premiere of Argo with a special screening at the Time Warner Room in New York. Directed by and starring Ben Affleck, the political thriller features Alan Arkin, John Goodman, and Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston in an adaptation of events that occurred during 1979's Iranian Hostage Crisis.
Produced by Affleck, Grant Heslov, and George Clooney, Chris Terrio wrote the screenplay based on Joshuah Bearman's 2007 Wired article, "How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran," an account of "The Canadian Caper" —how six Americans found refuge in the home of a Canadian ambassador, and faced with the immediate danger of exposure, a CIA agent (played by Affleck) hatched a risky extraction plan to deliver these Americans home safely.
Given the historical context of the film, Interview couldn't help asking a few guests if, given the opportunity, they could be in any adaptation of an event throughout history.
"That's a doozer of a question!" said Girls' Zosia Mamet. "The opportunities are endless, but, probably something from the Prohibition era à la Roaring '20s. I love an old-school noir-heist movie. They were a bit grittier back then. I'm a sucker for the '20s!" Mamet enthused. We also caught up with For A Good Time, Call... and Celeste and Jesse Forever's Ari Graynor, looking cozy and autumnal in a brown tweed cape and knee-high black boots. "I would love to do a film about the suffragettes," Graynor said. "I'm surprised no one has explored that yet. Maybe that will be my next role!"
Other attendees included CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Adam Driver, Bette Midler, Bob Balaban, Rula Jebreal, Alex Karpovsky, CBS News' Morley Safer, Barbara Walters, John Patrick Shanley, Mike Nichols, Glenn Close, Matt Damon, Donna Karan, Ingrid Sischy and Sandy Brant, Brian Williams, Bruce Weber, and Kate Upton. After the screening, guests relocated to Porter House New York for dinner with the cast. —Colleen Kelsey