Steven Spielberg is paranoid

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03.31.10 16 Comments

"Tom, you have my word. There are no gays in there."

Former Variety writer Nicole LaPorte wrote a book about Dreamworks coming out next month, and while Spielberg’s reps deny it, she claims “his passion for secrecy sometimes suggests a burgeoning near-paranoia.”  Boy is that a long way of saying that.  To keep you from having to read her whole book, the Post breaks her claims into handy bullet points.

  • Steven Spielberg is so paranoid about security at his office, he keeps a never-used motorcycle permanently parked outside in case he needs to make a getaway [like Shia LaBeouf!].
  • “In Spielberg’s office, hanging above his desk, a plexiglass half-moon keeps sound from reverberating so that his phone conversations remain ultra-confidential. When an assistant once asked what the funny thing over Spielberg’s desk was, a security guard referred to it as a ‘dome of silence.’ “
  • “Every document that leaves the office — a script, development report, even a memo — is coded, so that should it somehow get into the wrong hands . . . the person responsible for the breach can be identified.” [Ed. Note: I have an independent source who confirms this is true, though it’s not all that unusual]
  • “When Spielberg isn’t at [his office], live-cam images are streamed to his home. There are also measures to protect against earthquakes or attacks, as Spielberg believes in being prepared . . . At one point, employees were given survival kits including gas masks and other amenities.” [NYPost]

True or not, /Film points out that Spielberg was the target of a bizarre kidnapping plot in 1998, and a break in in 2007, in which a thief tried to sell stolen documents.  Meanwhile, National Geographic reports that George Lucas is so paranoid about missing food, he keeps a dome-shaped sack made of flesh underneath his chin to filter cat particles out of the air.

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