Steven Spielberg stood outside the main theater on the Paramount Studios lot last week, waiting for the premiere of a documentary that had already put him through an emotional wringer.
“It was like pulling a bandage off very, very slowly,” said the Oscar-winning entertainment mogul in recalling the first time he had viewed the film about a year ago. “I had to watch it in stages, in dollops. But when the bandage finally came all the way off, I realized it didn’t hurt so bad.”
What had initially unnerved Spielberg was the subject of the documentary: Steven Spielberg.
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