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New Book Claims Steven Spielberg Is a Bit Paranoid


Los Angeles Premiere of HBO's "The Pacific".Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, CA.February 24, 2010. (Bauer Griffin)more pics »In a new book called The Men Who Would Be King: An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies, and a Company Called DreamWorks, journalist Nicole LaPorte reveals some interesting details about Steven Spielberg. She claims the great director keeps a never-before-used motorbike permanently parked outside his office in case of emergency -- and he even gave his employees "survival kits" that included gas masks.

Team Spielberg says the book's claims are bogus (Getty) LaPorte also claims Spielberg is so secretive that he verges on "near-paranoia" and abides by several bizarre practices to keep his business secret, including keeping a "dome of silence" above his desk.

One extract from book reads: "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.'"

Another extract alleges: "When Spielberg's long-time editor views footage in the screening room, a black cloth is draped over the projection booth window to hide the screen."

A third extract claims: "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."

Spielberg's representative has denied the claims in the book and insists they are not true.

The spokesperson said: "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."

LaPorte has defended her work, however, saying although none of the DreamWorks founders would talk to her, she has spoken to nearly 200 current and former employees.

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