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[on being Oscar-nominated for Mephisto
(1981)] The Oscar wouldn't give me anything in particular. It doesn't mean anything particular in Europe. I know it's a beautiful thing to be nominated twice, and twice not to win, but it is nice; it is good to be nominated.
In January 2006, it became public that he had been an agent of the III/III department, a former communist agency of interior intelligence. After the revolution in 1956, he was blackmailed and forced to cooperate, though later he was considered willingly cooperative. Allegedly, he wrote reports about fellow Hungarian directors, actors and actresses such as Miklós Jancsó, Mari Töröcsik, Károly Mécs...