BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — British actor Ben Kingsley is in Buenos Aires filming a Hollywood movie about the capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann by Israeli agents.
Filming of “Operation Finale” will last one more month in the greater Buenos Aires area in which Eichmann lived as Ricardo Klement until a Mossad unit led by Peter Malkin captured him in May 1960. Malkin will be played by the Guatemalan-American actor Oscar Isaac.
The movie will show how Eichmann lived in Argentina as Klement before it was discovered he was the infamous Nazi, and how the Mossad carried out the operation in Buenos Aires. Israel executed Eichmann in 1962.
Tony Award winner Michael Aronov will play another Mossad agent, Zvi Aharoni.
Argentina was a haven for Nazi war criminals after World War II, including Joseph Mengele and Erich Priebke. One month ago the country presented to Israel tens of thousands of documents from the World War II era, some of them related to Nazi war criminals.
Kingsley, who won an Oscar for his 1982 portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi, has played “Moses” for TV (1995); Itzhak Stern in “Schindler’s List” (1993); Otto Frank for “Anne Frank” (2001); and Simon Wiesenthal in “Murderers Among Us” (1989).
“The Man Who Captured Eichmann,” a 1996 film starring Robert Duvall, was based on the book “Eichman In My Hands” written by Malkin with Harry Stein.