Ben Affleck hosts Argo chat, Argos take on Roughriders

The roasting pan is scrubbed, the fridge stuffed with leftovers and it’s time to enjoy one more turkey sandwich on the holiday Monday. Snack in hand, why not take to Twitter to chirp with Ben Affleck, star of the upcoming film Argo, who is hosting an online chat about the movie on Monday, starting at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Not only does the film star Affleck as CIA agent Antonio Mendez, who was parachuted into Iran to rescue U.S. diplomats after the the Islamic Revolution, it also recreates an important moment in Canadian history. The six escaped American diplomats hid out with Canadian ambassador to Iran Ken Taylor (played by Canadian actor Victor Garber) and Canada played a vital role to ensure their eventual transfer out of the country.

Some good questions for Affleck might revolve around Canada’s role—or lack thereof—in the film. Taylor, who now lives in Manhattan, told Maclean’s that Canada’s role is underrepresented in Argo, which skews the story to portray Affleck’s character as the hero.“So much of the movie is total fiction,” Taylor told Brian D. Johnson. “My concern is that we’re portrayed as innkeepers who are waiting to be saved by the CIA.”

Anyone can participate in the discussion by tweeting questions to @BenAffleck or using the hashtag #Argo, before or during the chat. Meanwhile, the film is already generating Oscar buzz:

Of course, the #Argo hashtag must not be confused with the #Argos hashtag, which will also be in use Monday as the Toronto Argonauts take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Toronto, in what is seen as an important game for both teams as they jockey for a playoff spot. That game starts at 4:30 p.m. EST with Jarious K. Jackson starting for the Argos, replacing injured QB Ricky Ray.

As a little pre-game warm up, here’s Comedy Central’s Key and Peel as they take a closer look at the often ridiculous names of college football players.

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