Snowden Directer Oliver Stone On His New Film About Vladimir Putin

Posted 2017/05/01 2616 0

Hollywood film director Oliver Stone, who is making a new film about Russian President Vladimir Putin that will be out this year, believes that it will open the eyes of Americans to a different viewpoint.


For a filmmaker who has attracted controversy throughout his career, the maverick behind Platoon, Wall Street, Born On The Fourth Of July, Natural Born Killers and Snowden, Oliver Stone is sounding remarkably reasonable. The release date of the movie, which is based on interviews with the Russian leader, has not yet been announced. The documentary is supposed to show Putin's attitude to the global events that have transpired since he first became Russian president in 2000.

"It opens up a whole viewpoint that we as Americans haven't heard," Stone said in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.

"Mr. Putin is one of the most important leaders in the world and in so far as the United States has declared him an enemy - a great enemy - I think it's very important we hear what he has to say," the film director said, noting that he has met with the Russian president several times.

"I talked to him originally about the (former National Security Agency contractor Edward) Snowden affair, which is in the film. And out of that grew, I think, a trust that he knew that I would not edit it so much," he said.

Stone is well known for his critical documentaries on political topics. He made movies about President Richard Nixon, John Kennedy and George W. Bush. The last work of the three-time Oscar winner was a film about the former US intelligence agent Edward Snowden, which was released in 2016.

The picture focuses on the life of computer professional-turn-whistleblower Edward Snowden and stars Joesph Gordon-Levitt as the titular character. Never shying from the politically sensitive issues of the day, Stone has taken an interest in global politics with documentaries about Latin America and films focusing on the problems of capitalism in the US. The Academy-awarding winning director has vocally criticised the western world's approach to foreign policy and supports neither Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump saying to Newsweek that: “Neither one of the candidates does not say that the U.S. is a policed state, that we need to reduce the number of wars which America is involved in or that we need to focus on climate change problems."