Reporter Camilla Long does a good job of keeping up with Stone's seemingly manic rants and letting the director hang himself with his own words. Not that the outspoken Stone gives a sh*t, as the director and his works practically court controversy with at least one group or another. JFK's conspiracy theory pissed off historians; Natural Born Killers allegedly inspired several copycats; and W. angered Bush supporters.
The latest beehive Stone's been poking has been the Jews. Back in January, he told a number of British journalists such as The Independent and The Guardian that his next project, called Secret History of America, will show that Hitler was "an easy scapegoat." He also said, "We can't judge people as only 'bad' or 'good'. [Hitler] is the product of a series of actions. It's cause and effect. People in America don't know the connection between WWI and WWII." Christopher Campbell wrote in January that Stone apparently hopes the doc will be shown in schools, as well.
In The Sunday Times, he brings up his documentary and Hitler again, noting, "Hitler was a Frankenstein but there was also a Dr. Frankenstein. German industrialists, the Americans and the British. He had a lot of support." While none of those companies wrote Mein Kampf or were filmed leading enormous rallies such as in Triumph of the Will, there is of course some of truth to Stone's statements. Companies like Ford and General Motors have been investigated for collaborating with and/or profiting from World War II, and Ford and Hitler supposedly enjoyed a mutual admiration, according to Henry Ford and the Jews. Hitler even presented Ford with the Grand Service Cross of the Supreme Order of the German Eagle in 1938.
However, Stone goes even further in this interview, dredging up that old chestnut we love, the "Jews Run the Media" conspiracy. The reason that Hitler was demonized and certain aspects of the Holocaust are overlooked -- "Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people, 25 or 30m," says Stone -- is that the Jews in the media don't allow for open discussion. "The Jewish domination of the media," is how he put it to Long.
"There's a major lobby in the United States. They are hard workers. They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f***** up United States foreign policy for years."
So, about that documentary series he's putting together for Showtime? Personally, even as a member of the Jewish Liberal Media whatever, I'd probably try to watch it on DVD just to see what he has to say (or, you know, as an exercise in masochism). What about you?
And what will Stone say next when it's time to promote Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps? From what the trailers show, Gordon Gekko doesn't seem to have changed all that much, and his protégé, played by Shia LaBeouf, is engaged to his daughter Winnie (Carey Mulligan). (Daddy complex anyone?) I agree with Long when she writes, "I find it interesting that Stone can at once take the moral high ground and glamorize controversial issues such as drugs, killing and money, the subject of Wall Street."