Oliver Stone’s New Project: The Secret History of America

Oliver Stone and the politics of film-making

There’s no let-up for Hollywod’s most controversial director – the sequel to Wall Street, a documentary about Hugo Chávez and his most ambitious and personal project to date, the Secret History of America

Carole Cadwalladr
The Observer


Oliver Stone is a man’s man. Of this I have no doubt before meeting him. Not just because of his status as a sort of latter-day Ernest Hemingway, an action man with a reputation for women and drugs who won the Purple Heart for bravery in Vietnam, and then an Oscar for reproducing his experiences on celluloid. But because the most compelling sequences from his latest film, a documentary called South of the Border, show him hanging out with Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chávez, chewing the cud about politics and war, talking very much mano a mano.

It’s an impression that’s reinforced moments before I meet him in his Los Angeles office when the photographer appears and shows me some of the portraits he’s taken. They’re slightly startling because Stone has a new moustache, a big, bristling, Zapata number, and in the tiny digital frame on the back of the camera, he looks like it’s him who really ought to be dressed in military fatigues and running his own small South American regime.
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