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Letting the Rabble Off Easy

The Iranian Revolution, according to Ben Affleck.

Oct 29, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 07 • By KELLY JANE TORRANCE
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“It’s an extraordinarily complicated scenario,” he concluded. “I was a Middle Eastern studies major. I took classes and classes and classes on this and still don’t feel I understood the Iranian revolution sufficiently. I do know that we tried to capture the essence of the truth. I absolutely stand by the prologues—people call it the history lesson—but I also acknowledge that we did not have the room, dramatically, to really get into the minutiae and the complexity and the nuance of what happened as the Islamic Revolution took hold. I do feel that we show it in a fairly negative light, but I also wanted to give people some context, so that they see it wasn’t just mad barbarians who made a rush for a country, but that this was something that was developing over time as a reaction to the shah’s policies.”

A savvy advocate. The hunky actor turns out to be also an intellectually inclined spokesman—with the self-discipline never to stray from his talking points.

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