A famed Hollywood producer is finally speaking out about his role as an Israeli spy that saw him brokering arms deals for his home country at the same time he was brokering movie deals.
Arnon Milchan (above, left, with Justing Timberlake), who produced films including "Pretty Woman," "Fight Club," and this year's Oscar contender "12 Years a Slave," admitted to being part of a network that bought arms to boost Israel's nuclear program, until it was disbanded in 1987. While his involvement in Israel's Bureau of Scientific Relations, also known as Lekem, was long-rumored, Milchan's remarks about the organization during an interview on Israeli TV Monday were the first time he'd publicly acknowledged it.
"Do you know what it was like to be a 20-something guy whose country decided to let him be James Bond? Wow! The action! That was exciting," Milchan told TV program Uvda. " ... I did it for my country, and I'm proud of it."
Milchan, who was born in Israel, moved to Hollywood in the 1970s, trading his spy life for the film life, but admitted that he soon fell back into his old ways. "Sometimes it gets mixed up," he said. He added that other big movie names helped with his work, but he declined to give specifics.
Sounds like Milchan's production company, New Regency, has some great source material for a new film.
[via Washington Times, h/t TheWrap]