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Oliver Stone: Obama promising but stuck in system

Oliver Stone: Obama promising but stuck in system

American filmmaker Oliver Stone says he's hopeful that Barack Obama's administration represents a departure from George W. Bush's, but cautioned that the new U.S. president is "trapped" by a political system that favors military action over diplomacy.
The director, who was often critical of Bush during his presidency, was in Hong Kong to promote "W," his biopic of the former president. Many have said, however, that the film is relatively tame by Stone's standards.
"I'm hoping for the best. (Obama's) a reform candidate. He thinks. He analyzes," the 62-year-old director told reporters in Hong Kong Tuesday.
But Stone added that Obama is "trapped in a system which is driven toward militarism and greed on Wall Street."
Stone encouraged Obama to rethink his position on Hugo Chavez, whom the president called a "destructive force" in South America before he took office. Stone is making a documentary about the Venezuelan president, whom he has praised as a "world-changer," and his left-leaning allies in the region.
Stone said he had a hard time raising funds for "W." because its subject was a sitting president, with most of the money coming from Hong Kong, but that the film will break even. The $25 million movie has made $29.4 million worldwide, according to the box office tracking Web site Box Office Mojo.
He said he is exploring a possible sequel to his 1987 movie "Wall Street" and working on another documentary about American history.
Stone's films also include the Vietnam films "Born on the Fourth of July" and "Platoon," which won four Oscars including best picture and director.


Updated : 2021-06-17 15:38 GMT+08:00