Joseph McBride Posted May 27, 2018 Share Posted May 27, 2018 (edited) Orson Welles wrote a good screenplay in the 1970s based on one by Donald Freed about Sirhan's brainwashing by the CIA to serve as the patsy. Sirhan is portrayed sympathetically, as a weak, lonely young immigrant easily manipulated by a female agent who lures him to a safe house to be worked on by his CIA programmer. It was called ASSASSIN or THE SAFE HOUSE. Welles was to have played the CIA programmer with Nietzschean beliefs, called Dr. William A. Must (apparently based on Dr. William Joseph Bryan Jr.), and possibly was to have directed the film, but of course they couldn't get funding. I write about this in my 2007 book WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO ORSON WELLES?: A PORTRAIT OF AN INDEPENDENT CAREER. Sal Mineo was being considered to play Sirhan, and he was murdered in 1976 in one of those slayings that seemed to make no sense. Edited May 27, 2018 by Joseph McBride Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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