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Star-studded affair at DC premiere of ‘Argo’

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There was a star studded D.C. premiere for the new Ben Affleck movie "Argo" at the Regal Theatre.

It's based on the real-life rescue mission to free six Americans from Tehran at the height of the hostage crisis in 1980.

When militants stormed the embassy in Iran, they slipped away and hid out at the home of the Canadian ambassador.

The CIA turns to exfilitration specialist Tony Mendez (played by Affleck in the movie) to come up with a plan to free them. He concocts a scheme to make a fake movie so he can leave with the Americans as phony crew members.

"This is a story about two governments that work together to save lives," Affleck says. "It's a thrilling story, it's a nail biter, it's a comedy. The essence of it, it's true. And that makes it fun to watch."

Bryan Cranston, who has been raking in accolades for his role on "Breaking Bad", was thrilled to be a part of this real-life drama. Cranston says he is especially happy to be able to give the CIA a well-deserved pat on the back for its role in the daring escape.

"It's a victory for a group of people who are often maligned, but who really do an outstanding job. There is plenty to celebrate in this," Cranston says.

The real Tony Mendez was at the premiere, beaming about the story, a secret he kept for 27 years until the CIA declassified the information - and the story could finally come out.

"The CIA wanted to celebrate its 50th anniversary and they wanted the story out," says Mendez. "I did it, reluctantly at first, but it's all working out."

"Argo" hits theaters nationwide Friday.

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