Steven Spielberg is a Hollywood legend. When not directing highly successful motion pictures, Steven Spielberg likes to make video games. He's also really paranoid, a new book claims.
Just how paranoid? From the upcoming book The Men Who Would Be King:
• "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.'"
• "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."
• Steven Spielberg has a never-used motorcycle permanently parked outside his office in the event he needs to escape.
Maybe not paranoid, he likes to be prepared! Some of the measures the book claims that Spielberg takes - like coding all documents in his office - make sense for security reasons. Steven Spielberg isn't just some guy, he is an industry. Steps like those are taken at large corporations, and it's not surprising to see them taken elsewhere.
The motorcycle, though? Nutty!
According to Spielberg's spokesperson, "This description is so far from the real world of Steven that it doesn't deserve a comment. If the rest of the book is like this excerpt, readers can expect very little of what they read to be true."
The author of the book claims to have conducted over 200 interviews with current and former Spielberg associates.