Oliver Stone dice que “son chorradas” censura a la prensa

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harmony project 210108“El ex presidente del Gobierno español José María Aznar era muy malo y ayudó a planificar el golpe de Estado en Venezuela, y vuestro rey debería callarse y escuchar más a Chávez. ¿Que si puedes citarme con esas palabras textuales? Por supuesto que sí”, soltó el cineasta estadounidense Oliver Stone, al periodista del diario español El País, periódico al que señaló como uno de los siete pecados capitales por lo que él considera un “tratamiento injusto” al presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez.
Según relata Toni García, autor del artículo, antes de la conferencia de prensa que ofreció el pasado lunes en el marco del Festival de Cine de Venecia, “cuando los periodistas presentes en la sala Visconti del hotel Des Bains esperaban para entrevistar al realizador de Platoon o Wall Street y guionista de películas como El precio del poder o Conan el Bárbaro” y “el escritor británico-paquistaní Tariq Alí (…) guionista de South of the border, el documental de Stone que se presentó oficialmente en Venecia abrió el fuego tras las presentaciones de rigor: “No deberías haberme dicho dónde trabajabas, el vuestro es el periódico de España con más negatividad ante Chávez (…) todo es cuestión de intereses”.
Destacó que, luego Stone tomaba el relevo para sentenciar: “Eso que me dices son chorradas, ¿qué censura a la prensa? Di a tus colegas que vayan a esos países: a Argentina, a Nicaragua, a Venezuela, y que luego lo cuenten. No te creas lo que leas en la prensa, ni en la europea ni en la estadounidense”. García subraya que posteriormente “el productor Fernando Sulichin remató acotando: “Esas veintipico emisoras venezolanas de que me hablas y que han sido clausuradas son un asunto que no tiene nada que ver con la censura, fueron cerradas por un simple problema: no tenían sus papeles en regla”. La web The Guardian. co.uk reseña que el próximo objetivo de Stone será realizar un documental sobre el presidente de Irán, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Según el medio británico, en el año 2007 el director logró que el gobierno iraní le otorgara un permiso para filmar en Teherán, a pesar de ser estadounidense.

Oliver Stone and drug use
stone-eastwestStone loosely based Scarface on his own addiction to cocaine which he had to kick while writing the screenplay. On the DVD of Natural Born Killers: The Director’s Cut, one of the producers, Jane Hamsher, recounts stories of taking psilocybin mushrooms with STONEand some of the cast and crew and almost getting pulled over by a police officer—a situation which Stone later wrote into the film. In 1999, Stone was arrested and pleaded guilty to “alcohol and drug charges.” He was ordered into a rehabilitation program. He was arrested again on the night of May 27, 2005 in Los Angeles for possession of a small amount of marijuana.
TIMESONLINE-2005.-The 58-year-old director was pulled over at about 11.45pm on Friday at a police checkpoint set up for America’s long and boozy Memorial Day weekend. Police had noticed that he was driving erratically.
After paying a $15,000 (£8,220) bond, Mr Stone was released at about 6.30am on Saturday. He said nothing to local reporters who were waiting outside the police department. Police did not identify the drug.
It was not Mr Stone’s first encounter with the police. In 1999 the director was arrested on alcohol and drug charges and, as part of a plea bargain, booked himself into a rehabilitation programme.
Mr Stone’s movies have displayed a strong interest in drugs. Midnight Express, his 1978 screenplay, is a true story of an American jailed in Turkey for trying to smuggle hashish out of the country. He also wrote the screenplay to 1983’s Scarface, about a Cuban émigré who builds a criminal drug empire in Miami while suffering from bouts of ego- mania and paranoia.
Mr Stone also directed the biopic of The Doors, whose lead singer, Jim Morrison, died in a Paris bathtub from a suspected drug overdose in 1971. Even Wall Street, his financial film, included scenes of casual cocaine use.
There has been heightened interest recently in the future plans of Mr Stone, whose career reached its peak in the 1980s with his Best Director Oscars for Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July.
Fed up with the speculation, Mr Stone issued a press release, which said: “Contrary to recent reports in the media, I’ve never announced or intend to make films called Constantine, The Night Watchman or the life story of Margaret Thatcher.”
It went on: “Nor, as also reported, have I fled the United States for France; ‘apologised’ to Turkey for Midnight Express; or denounced my film Alexander, which has now grossed $170 million internationally. Lest my friends are confused, I continue to live in the United States, where I am developing various film projects.”
In an interview, Mr Stone said: “I made a crack that the life of Margaret Thatcher would be great with Meryl Streep.
“It hit the news wires and the internet. Can you imagine me doing the life of Margaret Thatcher?” Mr Stone said that he was baffled by reports that Avi Lerner, the founder of Millennium Films, had announced that the two of them would make a film about Constantine, the Roman emperor, which would be shot in Bulgaria.
“I have never heard of the project,” he said. “I do like Avi Lerner. I faxed him, ‘What are you doing?’ But I haven’t heard back.”
He admitted, however, that the DVD issue of Alexander would tone down the homosexuality featured in the cinema version. “There are a lot of changes, a new third act,” he said of the director’s cut of the film. “We lose 20 minutes and put back in 12. It was a big job”

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