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He went from undercover to public and figure and Thursday, students at SDSU heard from the man himself.

Tony Mendez spent 25 years in the CIA. He masterminded one of the most audacious hostage rescue missions in history disguising himself as a movie producer of a film named "Argo."

Mendez's novel by the same name was turned into the blockbuster starring Ben Affleck.

Mendez and his wife Jonna were in the CIA for more than half of a century combined and the stories they shared  were pretty incredible.

Mendez explained how much creativity it took to wear a disguise. Becoming your alias could mean life or death in many instances.

The Mendez's could completely change their looks in less than 15 seconds -- something you'd think would take at least la half hour to do.

I spoke with one of the organizers of the event who got the chance to meet the American Icon.

"He was a little more humble, just kind of reserved more than I anticipated but I got to draw him out a little bit and just heard a lot about what he had done through the fake Fargo -- just really surreal to have two former chiefs of disguise in a vehicle with me," said Tyler Hajek, Lectures and Forums Coordinator.

More than 700 came to hear the Mendez's speak about their incredible experiences.

Hajek did say that Jonna Mendez jokes that they should have cast someone better looking than Ben Affleck for her husband's part.

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