INT. STATE DEPARTMENT – SEVENTH FLOOR OFFICE – ANGLE – DAY
A concept drawing from Argo.
TURNER (O.S.): Aliens and robots.
MENDEZ (O.S.): Yes, sir.
The four men are gathered in the back of Vance’s office, around a table. Over them we see the STATE DEPARTMENT EMBLEM.
TURNER is looking at the storyboard.
TURNER: You’re telling me there’s a movie office in Hollywood right now that’s funded by the Central
MENDEZ: Yes, sir.
VANCE: What’s wrong with the bikes again?
Vance, with a copy of Comics Week. THE NEXT STAR WARS? Next to it, a photograph from the press event: Mendez holding a laser gun. CANADIAN EPIC WILL BE FILMED IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
TURNER: … you think this –
O’DONNELL: We tried to get the message upstairs –
TURNER: — this is more plausible than teachers?
O’DONNELL: One, there are no foreign teachers in Iran anymore –
MENDEZ: — two, we think everybody knows Hollywood people. And everybody thinks they would shoot during Stalingrad with Pol Pot directing if it’d sell tickets. (beat) There are only bad options. It’s about finding the best one.
TURNER: You don’t have a better bad idea than this?
O’DONNELL: This is the best bad idea we have, sir. By far.
Vance and Turner exchange looks.
TURNER: (to Mendez) The United States government just sanctioned your science fiction movie.
– Argo (2012), screenplay by Chris Terrio
The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Explain the mission, suggested by Shaula Evans. Today’s suggestion by Alejandro.
Trivia: According to Tony Mendez, the fake production office known as Studio Six was so convincing in the real-life Argo plan that even several weeks after it folded and the Iranian rescue was complete, “we had received twenty-six scripts. One was from Steven Spielberg.”
Dialogue On Dialogue: This is a classic ‘explain the mission’ scene and builds to the best line in the interchange: “This is the best bad idea we have, sir.” Both funny and underscores the underdog nature of the escapade.