WorldNetDaily reported July 2, 2007, that Iran rejected Oliver Stone's request to make a documentary about President Ahmadinejad.
Mahdi Kalhor told Iran's Fars news agency he understands, however, why Stone would want to do the movie, because Ahmadinejad – who has threatened to destroy Israel – "is an appealing figure in the world and the Americans always look for what can return their investment."
"While it is true that Oliver Stone is considered to be among the opposition in the U.S., the opposition is still part of the Great Satan," he said.
"We believe that the American cinema system is devoid of all culture and art and is only used as a device," Kalhor said. "In the last two years, the global arrogance (the U.S. and Britain) has made a lot of effort to portray their own image of Ahmadinejad, not the one which exists in reality. Hollywood and other Zionist media react to phenomena they don't like through different processes."
Stone, in turn, has responded to the rejection, as reported in WorldNetDaily yesterday.
I've been called a lot of things, but never a 'Great Satan,'" the director said in a statement.
Maybe not to his face.
True to form, though, Oliver Stone did not waste an opportunity to slam President Bush.
"I wish the Iranian people well, and I only hope their experience with an inept, rigid ideologue president goes better than ours."
The Castro-loving, America-hating director will just have to find other dictators to glorify on the silver screen. Maybe Pol Pot will be a good choice for Stone. He was a man of the people with a charming smile, and he's too dead to tell Oliver Stone "No."