He’s plenty happy to rake in the dough while bashing capitalism. If he’s so anti-capitalist and anti-American, why charge people to see your films?
FILM director Oliver Stone has launched a critical rant against America’s love of money, its role in war and Barack Obama whilst at a film festival in Algeria where he’s promoting his latest documentary.
Speaking mostly in French at a press conference in Algiers yesterday, Stone said he was shocked by the global financial crisis and “to see how money was venerated by America”.
Its middle class “is the biggest victim” said the US director, though nothing could be done to change a system that he called “undemocratic, even after the arrival of Obama“, he added.
But the 65-year-old had little sympathy for his compatriots.
“Americans are not really interested in problems abroad,” he said. “They have no empathy.”
Ah yes, only enlightened film directors have empathy. The rest of us are just a bunch of xenophobic troglodytes, uninterested in anything but ourselves.
The Occupy Wall Street movement would do better to move to “Washington and not New York, to have more impact”, said Stone, the son of a Wall Street trader and French mother and director of the aptly named 1987 film Wall Street and its sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010).
The director was on a whirlwind 24-hour visit to the Algerian capital to promote his latest creation The Untold Story of the US, a 10-hour long documentary due for release in May, and Savages, a film exploring the links between young Californians and the Mexican drug cartels of the border town Tijuana.
Come to think of it, Savages would make a great title for a movie about Occupy Wall Street.
Boy, The Untold Story of the US is sure to be chock full of conspiracy lunacy. Speaking of which:
Questioned over America’s support of Israel, Stone said it was a subject “that couldn’t be talked about in the US.
“There is such power, money, media and lobbying are so (powerful) that the truth can’t come out.”
Shhh! Whatever you do, don’t mention those damn Joooooos.