We also spoke about the DVD release of 'Capitalism: A Love Story' this week (Buy it here!), the current state of our economy and if he'd ever make an anti-Obama documentary.
On the State of Real-Life Capitalism: Look, Congress has not reinstated a single regulation or rule on Wall Street since the crash happened. Can you believe that? We are just sitting and waiting for the next crash and nobody's doing anything about it. It's stunning to me. What part about the last year and a half did we not understand in terms of getting the crap kicked out of us?
Would He Make a Movie Critical of President Obama?: Anybody who's followed my work for a long time knows that when Clinton was in the White House, I was very much on him in terms of what he was doing and I am just as much... I've been critical of Obama. I've been writing on my Web site about him, and if I were to make a movie right now I don't think it would be very favorable toward him and what he's done. I still like him very much as a person, I think he's a good and decent soul, but it is really disappointing that he hasn't come in there along with the Democratic members of congress and taken the reins and gotten the job done.
Do We Need More Political/Message Movies? If anything, I wish more people would make more comedies. We need humor right now so badly. Humor and satire can be such great political weapons as tools. They're rarely used and I don't understand why that is. I was looking at the films that were on the ... the 10 that were nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Is there a comedy amongst them? There's a couple films that have humor in them. Where was 'The Hangover'? 'Up' the cartoon had some humor and 'Up in the Air' had some humor in it, but where's the balls-out comedies that they need to start supporting. Comedy is hard to do! It should be recognized as that. I can get you to cry pretty easy, but it's hard to get you to laugh.
'Avatar or 'Hurt Locker' for an Oscar Win? I loved 'Avatar.' Man oh man. That was a brave and bold film, and I love an artist like James Cameron who has a singular vision and sticks to it no matter what ... 'The Hurt Locker' is a very well-made movie, and I've watched Kathryn Bigelow on some of the talk shows and I really love some of the things she's been saying about the war, but they're both war films, essentially about the Iraq war. One very directly, because there's soldiers there trying to diffuse bombs, but 'Avatar' is too. The right wingers certainly pointed out -- I think they're right -- the politics of 'Avatar' are pretty clear.
Ironically, until 'Avatar,' I have the top grossing film that's been released about the Iraq war -- 'Fahrenheit 9/11.' No other Iraq of Afghanistan war film has come close to grossing what 'Fahrenheit 9/11' grossed, and it was only 'Avatar' who passed it, so I feel like I'm in good company.
On What He Hopes His Film Legacy Is: Well, I think that my films will be seen as an important historical record of what was really going on during this time, and the mainstream media missed the story. You won't hear that right now, and we may not hear it in my lifetime, but I'm pretty certain down the road ... but a lot of good that does me when I'm gone. I go by my conscience, and when the film is over, and I've been true to myself ... without censoring myself, and if I have entertainment people ... I want you to have a great time. If you think a little along the way, great.