Carlos Ghosn was reportedly interested in making a Hollywood movie about his life

In the months he was holed up in a stark Japanese apartment awaiting trial for charges of financial wrongdoing, disgraced auto executive Carlos Ghosn was plotting to tell his life on the silver screen.

According to The New York Times’ Ben Dooley, the 65-year-old met with John Lesher, a Hollywood producer behind films like Birdman, in December to discuss a movie portraying his own rise to freewheeling international executive, and his fight with “political persecution.”

The talks never progressed beyond preliminary stages, the newspaper reported, but the revelation is yet another insight into the worldview of Ghosn as he faced the fight of his life.

Since his original arrest in November 2018, Ghosn has categorically denied the charges by Japanese authorities, which include misuse of company assets and underreporting of earnings.

While the fugitive reportedly wined-and-dined over the New Year’s holiday, investigators around the world raced to piece together how, exactly, Ghosn made it out of Japan despite constant surveillance and severe restrictions as part of his bail agreement.

In Turkey, where Ghosn is believed to have transited en route to his home country of Lebanon, authorities arrested seven people in conjunction with the escapade, according to local media reports including official state channels. Interpol, the global police force, meanwhile issued a “red notice” calling for his arrest on Thursday.

In a brief statement on Thursday, Ghosn denounced theories that his wife or other family had helped plan and execute his flight.

“There has been speculation in the media that my wife Carole, and other members of my family played a role in my departure from Japan,”he said through a PR firm retained since his escape. “All such speculation is inaccurate and false. I alone arranged for my departure. My family had no role whatsoever.”

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