He may have been able to sit down and talk at length with Cuba’s Fidel Castro, but the Iranian Government isn’t as amenable for filmmaker Oliver Stone.
The Los Angeles Times reports that officials have denied a request by Stone seeking permission to do an extensive interview for a documentary on Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Iranian filmmakers were said to be actually lobbying the President to accept the request, but Iranian media advisor Mehdi Kalhor came back with this response – “It is true that [Stone] is known as a dissident in the U.S., but he is still part of the Great Satan…We believe that U.S. cinema is devoid of culture and that their art is only a stratagem.”
Stone himself, who has yet to receive an official denial on the request, says “I have been called a lot of things, but never a great satan…I wish the Iranian people well, and only hope their experience with an inept, rigid ideologue president goes better than ours.”
A compromise may be possible however, as an unnamed advisor went on to say that they would allow him to make a documentary if an Iranian filmmaker was allowed to make one of President George Bush.