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Bootleg Argo DVDs Selling Like Hotcakes in Iran

(L-r) TATE DONOVAN as Bob Anders, CLEA DuVALL as Cora Lijek, CHRISTOPHER DENHAM as Mark Lijek, KERRY BISHÉ as Kathy Stafford, SCOOT McNAIRY as Joe Stafford, BEN AFFLECK as Tony Mendez and RORY COCHRANE as Lee Schatz in “ARGO,” a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures in association with GK Films, to be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Earlier this month, Iran decided not only to ban Argo, but also to film their own version that, according to its director, will function as an "appropriate response to the ahistoric film." Well, it seems like more of their population will have a better basis of comparison between the two versions than the government expected, as The Wall Street Journal has learned that Argo bootlegs are selling like hotcakes in Iran. The underground DVD sellers they spoke to called it "their best seller in years" with an estimated "several hundred thousand copies" sold. A student they asked said these sales meant more than just entertainment: "People are indirectly saying to the government that they are tired of this hostile behavior and it's time for us to be friends with the world and the U.S. again."

Photo: Warner Bros.