Spielberg gambles on Mossad revenge
In the old Maltese town of Rabat, the 58-year-old director was re-enacting the death of Wael Zwaiter, a cousin of Yasser Arafat, gunned down in the lobby of his Rome apartment by Israeli secret agents.
The scene is a pivotal moment in Vengeance, the working title for the Â£60m film which opens at the 1972 Munich Olympics, where 11 Israeli athletes were kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists and killed.
Most of the film recounts the revenge assassinations carried out over the following two years by squads sent out by Mossad, the Israeli secret service. In the film, agents are played by the Australian Eric Bana and British star Daniel Craig.
Spielberg is determined to keep the exact contents of the film secret until it opens in December, but some Israelis already feel â€œbetrayedâ€ by him.
They feel the most famous Jewish film-maker is casting a spotlight on events they would rather keep lower key, including the shooting of an innocent Norwegian waiter mistaken for a Munich terrorist.
I don't care what the nuance is, IF I pay money to watch this film, you can bet your a$$ that I will be the one in the back clapping loudly at every single gruesome, yet justice serving assassination!