In one of his many unpublished manuscripts this former A list game show host/producer left behind upon his death, he says he is the one responsible for the death of the journalist/publisher/spy who has the offspring in jail awaiting trial.
Was Chuck Barris a CIA Assassin? “There’s a Possibility,” ‘Dangerous Mind’ Producer Says
Two decades ago, producer Andrew Lazar acquired the rights to Chuck Barris‘ memoir Confessions of a Dangerous Mind: An Unauthorized Biography. Stranger than fiction, the 1984 book detailed The Gong Show host’s hidden life as a CIA assassin in the 1960s and ‘70s. Lazar enlisted Charlie Kaufman to adapt the wild story, which would mark George Clooney’s directing debut. The resulting 2002 movie, which depicts star Sam Rockwell killing 33 people, has been largely viewed as fantastical fiction.
But Lazar, who remained a close friend of Barris‘ and visited him just six weeks before his death on March 21, says the iconic TV personality never backed down from his story, even if the CIA emphatically denied that Barris worked for the spy agency.
Lazar points to Pulitzer Prize finalist Annie Jacobsen’s upcoming book Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government’s Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis as evidence that the CIA has embraced all kinds of outlandish ploys. That book, which publishes March 28, is generating headlines (as well as a TV series from Blumhouse and Amblin) and is forcing people to reassess how far the CIA has gone in the past.
I’m terribly, terribly sad that Chuck’s no longer here because he was one of my best friends, and I adored him. He was a total visionary in the entertainment business. He was a total one-of-a-kind, personally and professionally. Every time I would visit New York, which as you know in our business is very frequently, I would see him.
Do I think Chuck was a CIA assassin? As Chuck would say, I can neither confirm nor deny that. I would like to believe there’s truth in what he said. [George Clooney and I] decided that we were going to take [what he claims in the book] and use that. – Source
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