Last month they called each other names: Iran's president rejected an offer from director Oliver Stone to make a movie about him saying "It is right that this person is considered part of the opposition in the U.S. but opposition in the U.S. is a part of the Great Satan." Stone bristled back, "I wish the Iranian people well and only hope their experience with an inept, rigid ideologue president goes better than ours."
But they seem to have patched up their differences:
Ahmadinejad told a news conference: "I have no objection, generally speaking, but they have to let me know what are the frameworks. They should talk to my colleagues... Principally speaking, I have no objection."
Stone has made movies voicing the frustration of the Vietnam War generation and in May revealed a political advertisement calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, a demand Ahmadinejad regularly makes.
Ahmadinejad, the son of a blacksmith, rose through the ranks of Iran's ideologically driven Revolutionary Guards, became mayor of Tehran and swept to the presidency in 2005 pledging to share out Iran's oil wealth more fairly.
Yeah, I wonder how Stone will portray Ahmadinejad's success with that last pledge. Read my previous post on how Iran is deteriorating economically, CIA Cornering Tomato Market in Iran
29 Aug 2007,
Ahmadinejad gives Oliver Stone OK for film
Iranian officials also have accused Hollywood in other projects of distorting the history of Iran and damaging its international image. Even Stone's 2004 project, "Alexander," was criticized for portraying Alexander the Great as a hero when he invaded an ancient Persian capital 300 years before Christ.
It will be interesting to see if Stone will whitewash the insane, Mahdi-complex of President Ahmadinejad and his plans for an Islamic Armegeddon in the same way he soft-pedaled the barbarity of Fidel Castro.
14 Apr 2004,
Is the director's latest film soft on Castro?
Last April, HBO planned to broadcast Comandante, a sympathetic documentary of Fidel Castro made by Oliver Stone. Around the same time, Castro rounded up some 75 dissidents and threw them in jail, and three men charged with hijacking were executed by the Cuban government following summary trials. The film, criticized by the press for its soft approach to Castro, was yanked by HBO and never aired on the network. Instead, HBO sent Stone back down to Havana for a second take. The result, Looking for Fidel... takes a harder line toward Castro than Comandante did, yet even Stone concedes that it is primarily a platform for Castro to explain the thinking and motives behind his crackdown on dissidents the last two years.
[Oliver Stone:] "My role here was not as a journalist. It really was as a director and filmmaker.
That last explains Stone's philosophy about documentaries: it is not about reality or truth but about film-making. If Stone made a documentary about Adolph Hitler he would ignore all that stuff about Jews and ovens, you know the nasty, unpleasant, truthful stuff that doesn't film well and may insult his host. In this regard I suspect that Stone will ignore Ahmadinejad's mystical pre-occupation with the coming of a Shiite Islamic messiah figure, the Mahdi.
6 Jan 2006,
Iran leader's messianic end-times mission
While Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been making headlines lately by questioning whether the Holocaust actually happened, by suggesting Israel should be moved to Europe and by demanding the Jewish state be wiped off the face of the earth, his apocalyptic religious zealotry has received less attention.
In a videotaped meeting with Ayatollah Javadi-Amoli in Tehran, Ahmadinejad discussed candidly a strange, paranormal experience he had while addressing the United Nations in New York last September.
He recounts how he found himself bathed in light throughout the speech. But this wasn't the light directed at the podium by the U.N. and television cameras. It was, he said, a light from heaven
A coo-coo bird with end-of-world delusions with nuclear ambitions, hate for the civilized world, and enough oil money to carry out his mission. Sounds like the plot to an interesting movie. I bet Stone doesn't have the balls to write it.
22 Aug 2007,
Former CIA officer says U.S ready to strike Iran within 6 months
The United States could deliver a military strike against Iran within the next six months, a former CIA officer told Fox News.
In an interview Tuesday the U.S. TV channel asked Robert Baer, a former CIA field officer assigned to the Middle East, whether the U.S. was preparing for military action against Iran, citing Baer's column for Time Magazine on August 18, where he suggested that Washington officials expect an attack within the next six months.
"I've taken an informal poll inside the government," Baer told Fox. "The feeling is we will hit the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps [IRGC]."
He said the George W. Bush administration is convinced "that the Iranians are interfering in Iraq and the rest of the Gulf," but what his sources anticipate is "not exactly a war."
"We won't see American troops cross the border," said Baer. "If this is going to happen, it is going to happen very quickly and it is going to surprise a lot of people."