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Director Oliver Stone ripped President Bush while praising Cuban dictator Fidel Castro before the premiere of his movie “Looking for Fidel,” at the 52nd San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain.
“When (Vice President Al) Gore lost, or rather, when they stole the elections from him, I sensed that something dirty was going to happen, but the harm has already been done and its extent is very significant,” said Stone. “Now, I am praying that something of that sort does not occur once again. George Bush will go down in history as one of the great baddies.”
“To start with, anti-Castro groups were vital in implementing the dirty business of the butterfly ballots ensuring Bush’s victory at the 2000 elections,” said Stone. “The right wing is the same everywhere, in Cuba or Viet Nam. It is like an octopus, snatching everything with its tentacles. They control the Internet, radio and TV stations, and newspapers. But above all, they are perfectly organized. Right wingers master the art of negative publicity and are capable of destroying the image of anyone they consider to be their enemy. They annihilate anything opposed to their interests, utilizing mass emailing, articles, and reports. In the United States, censorship is the order of the day. It is really sad to think that Florida may end up deciding the November elections once again, and that the extreme-right wing, including anti-Castro groups, may manipulate the results for a second time. These people are blinded by patriotic fanaticism and are ready to invade any country, and shoot down planes if necessary. They thought that my first movie about Castro, ‘Comandante,’ was hideous, and they killed it almost before it was even born. They were merely afraid of it.”
On the other hand, Stone had nothing but praise for Castro, who has clung to authoritarian power with no elections in Cuba for half a century.
“Street demonstrations in favor of Fidel Castro are not a fake,” claimed Stone. “If they were, those demonstrators should win an Oscar for best acting. I can testify to this because I have seen the joy on their faces when people come up to the president.”
Stone also said: “President Bush has set the world on fire.”
“In Cuba, I observed an openness and freedom that I had not found in any other country in the region, the Caribbean or Central America,” Stone said. “I have met many world leaders in Panama, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, but have never seen the kind of spontaneous affection for a leader expressed on the streets as I have seen in Cuba towards Fidel.”
A journalist asked Stone if the scenes of popular expressions for Castro in his movie were staged.
“They were totally spontaneous,” said Stone. “We have visited several hospitals where they could have been expecting us, but having looked at people’s faces, I know that none of this was a fake. I have directed actors and I know when people are pretending and when they are not. Castro repeatedly asked me where I wanted to go next, and wherever we went, people would spontaneously come up to him. Where else in the world would this happen?”
“I admire Fidel because he is a survivor,” he said. “He has survived several U.S. presidents who have tried to eliminate him.”
“My country is becoming more violent and negative every day,” he said. “Bush has never been interested in consensus. In the year 2000, as we have unfortunately come to learn, a dangerous radical with a huge hidden agenda was hiding behind the mask of a compassionate conservative. This is a shame and a tragedy. The world would be completely different today had Bush not stolen the elections from Gore. Bush is only adding more fuel to the fire. He is a slave and the puppet of the large weapons and oil companies which put him into office.”
Director praises Fidel, blasts Bush in Spain Oliver Stone says president ‘will go down in history as one of the great baddies’
Posted: September 25, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern
“I’m really sorry about all this. It is perhaps going to be a generation-breaking event,” Stone, a Vietnam veteran, told the BBC’s Hardtalk.
“It might tip the balance against America and create a deep resentment… I am afraid it might lead to more terrorist attacks.”
“There is no evidence of it (Iraq) being a threat to America. Most serious people have said this in military and defence positions,” Stone said.
“The Iraqis have co-operated to a large degree with the UN. There has been substantial progress made. I don’t know why this process cannot continue.”
“When we create an enemy, we unify. We saw it with the Communists in the 1950s and the same thing is going on now but it has transferred to the ‘evil’ Arab,” Stone said.
Oliver Stone criticises Iraq war Stone has never shied from controversy Film director Oliver Stone has spoken out against the war in Iraq, describing it as a “generation-breaking” event.
Last Updated: Monday, 31 March, 2003, 11:34 GMT 12:34 UK
WASHINGTON – Sen. Barack Obama’s advertising team is getting some friendly competition from film pros with some Oscar clout like Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.
“The spirit of the contest is to put into video form what it is that you think will help push Obama over the top,” said Iliyse Hogue, the campaign director for MoveOn.org Political Action. “It’s a great thing for aspiring ad makers and film makers who want to participate in a meaningful way.”
Participants in the “Obama in 30 Seconds” contest will have until April 1 to submit their entries. MoveOn members, which the organization places at 3.2 million people, will be able to vote on their favorites by watching them on the MoveOn Web site. The top 15 entries will then be judged by a panel of liberal activists, recording artists and Hollywood notables.
Among them will be Affleck and Damon, both Academy Award-winning actors and writers. Also judging will be actor Steve Buscemi, film director Oliver Stone, singer songwriters Moby, Eddie Vedder and John Legend, civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons.
Movie stars help with Obama ad Film and music celebrities to judge ‘Obama in 30 Seconds’ entries
updated 3:21 p.m. ET, Thurs., March. 13, 2008
Some of Tinseltown’s biggest armchair radicals helped John Kerry rake in more than $3 million yesterday in a Bush-bashing extravaganza of venom.
Old folkie James Taylor and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star Larry David entertained such limousine leftists as Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Aniston, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kevin Costner, Danny DeVito, Meg Ryan, Jason Alexander, Lucy Liu, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Christina Applegate, Oliver Stone, Dustin Hoffman, Anjelica Huston, Sharon Stone and Paramount studio boss Sherry Lansing.