Billy Zane, the incredibly prolific actor known for his versatility of roles (he starred in more than 10 film/television productions in 2012), has announced that he's launching a Greek olive oil importing company in the U.S.
In an interview with Greek Reporter, the 47-year-old said a portion of the proceeds from his new company will benefit Greek charities.
“What Coppola did for wine [from Italy], I would like to try to do it for Greek olive oil," he says. "While in the modern world, Greece is really known for tourism, I really see a future in eco-tourism and bio-dynamic farming and the exports of its agricultural products. This is some place that I think a new economy can be born.”
The "Titanic" actor revealed that he plans to import olive oil from the Mani area of the Peloponnese in Greece, where his family comes from. According to a new report from Dutch banking giant Rabobank, Zane may also want to consider emerging markets like Brazil and China, where demand for olive oil has grown 13 percent since 2007 (compared to a worldwide increase of only 3 percent.) Check out a video of the actor speaking about his upcoming venture below.