posted on Oct, 29 2010 @ 10:43 AM
I worked in Hollywood for a number of years and there are people in that world who are capable of having people they have problems with killed and
I'm sure it's happened many times. Norman Mailer had a story about a major producer (whom he would not name) who thought because Mailer wrote a lot
about boxing and knew people in that world, that he'd have some mob ties he could connect the producer with so he could have someone killed. Mailer
didn't want anything to do with such craziness, of course, so politely declined to help him.
Also, it wouldn't at all surprise me if there were some in that world who tried to use muscle or influence or blackmail in a racketeering scheme to
get money out of these people - there are some very rich people in that business, and quite a few of them aren't exactly the type to know how to
fight back when threatened. Artists aren't exactly the most tough or ruthless people, generally, so I can see them easily being scared into
something like that. What Quaid is talking about isn't some big, crazy, Satanic conspiracy. I think he's talking about mob-types using fear to
extort money from people.
The one group that really does cause a lot of fear in the business, and I have had many discussions about it with my industry friends, are the
Scientologists. They all work together and keep hiring each other for jobs, so they have been very effectively taking over a big chunk of that
business. Non-Scientologists are fearful of speaking out against them for fear of losing out on work/business. When Tom Cruise is the biggest star
in the business and even owns his own small movie studio (United Artists), you don't want to go around offending his "religion." The way that
group operates in the business is the stuff of conspiracies and such, they really are actively trying to take control of as much of it as possible so
they can put out a positive spin about their operation. Though I've never heard of them having anyone killed, I honestly wouldn't put something
like that past them. They are a crazy cult, after all...
One of my former bosses (who I must admit was a bit insane) always claimed that he had his life threatened when he got into a dispute with Saban
Entertainment. He said a representative came to his office to discuss the issue and the guy threatened to have him thrown out the window of his
office he kept pressing for payment he felt he deserved. His contention was that Saban was a mobbed up outfit, but other well connected friends I
spoke to in the industry about that said such a notion was laughable, so I don't know what to believe. To this day I'm not sure if my boss was
actually crazy enough to make up a story like that - he was nutty, but I don't think that nutty.