34 Facts About Oliver Stone

1. Oliver Stone said that in "the tragic aftermath of this coup, the West has maintained the dominant narrative of 'Russia in Crimea' whereas the true narrative is 'USA in Ukraine'".

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2. In December 2014, Oliver Stone made statements supporting the Russian government's views on Ukraine, portraying the 2014 Ukrainian revolution as a CIA plot.

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3. Oliver Stone visited Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy in April 2013 and commented, "I don't think most people in the US realize how important WikiLeaks is and why Julian's case needs support.

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4. Oliver Stone signed a petition in support of Assange's bid for political asylum in June 2012.

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5. Oliver Stone is a vocal supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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6. Oliver Stone said that Paul is "the only one of anybody who's saying anything intelligent about the future of the world.

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7. Oliver Stone was quoted as saying at the time: "I voted for Obama because.

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8. Oliver Stone criticized the foreign policy of the United States, saying: "We made a mess out of Iraq, Syria, Libya, but it doesn't matter to the American public.

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9. Oliver Stone called Saudi Arabia a major destabilizer in the Middle East.

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10. Oliver Stone was arrested again on the night of May 27, 2005 in Los Angeles for possession of an undisclosed illegal drug.

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11. Oliver Stone was released the next day on a $15,000 bond.

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12. In 1999, Oliver Stone was arrested and pleaded guilty to alcohol and drug charges.

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13. In 2003, Oliver Stone was a signatory of the third Humanist Manifesto.

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14. Oliver Stone is mentioned in Pulitzer Prize-winning American author Lawrence Wright's book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief as having been a member of Scientology for about a month, saying "It was like going to college and reading Dale Carnegie, something you do to find yourself.

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15. Oliver Stone appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in a controversial interview about the film.

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16. Oliver Stone was interviewed in Boris Malagurski's documentary film The Weight of Chains 2, which deals with neoliberal reforms in the Balkans.

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17. Oliver Stone described the project as "the most ambitious thing I've ever done.

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18. Oliver Stone praised Chavez as a leader of a movement for social transformation in Latin America, along with the six other presidents in the film.

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19. Oliver Stone hoped the film would get the rest of the Western world to rethink socialist policies in South America, particularly as it was being applied by Venezuela's Hugo Chavez.

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20. Oliver Stone made three documentaries on Fidel Castro: Comandante, Looking for Fidel, and Castro in Winter (2012).

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21. Oliver Stone is reported to be scheduled to direct every episode of the first season.

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22. In 2012, Oliver Stone directed Savages, based on a novel by Don Winslow.

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23. In 2007, Oliver Stone was intended to direct his fourth Vietnam War film Pinkville, about a Pentagon investigation into the My Lai massacre of Vietnamese civilians.

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24. In 1991, Oliver Stone showed JFK to Congress on Capitol Hill, which helped lead to passage of the Assassination Materials Disclosure Act of 1992.

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25. In 1986, Oliver Stone directed two films back to back: the critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful Salvador, shot largely in Mexico, and his long in-development Vietnam project Platoon, shot in the Philippines.

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26. Oliver Stone wrote further features, including Brian De Palma's drug lord epic Scarface, loosely inspired by his own addiction to cocaine, which he successfully kicked while working on the screenplay.

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27. In 1979, Oliver Stone was awarded his first Oscar, after adapting true-life prison story Midnight Express into a hit film of the same name for British director Alan Parker.

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28. Oliver Stone made a short, well received 12-minute film Last Year in Viet Nam.

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29. Oliver Stone graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in film in 1971, where his professors included director and fellow NYU alumnus Martin Scorsese.

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30. Oliver Stone was then transferred to the First Cavalry Division participating in long range patrols before being transferred again to drive for a motorized infantry unit of the division until November 1968.

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31. Oliver Stone often spent parts of his summer vacations with his maternal grandparents in France, both in Paris and La Ferte-sous-Jouarre in Seine-et-Marne.

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32. Oliver Stone was raised in the Episcopal Church, and now practices Buddhism.

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33. Oliver Stone was born September 15, 1946, in New York City, the son of a French woman named Jacqueline, a stockbroker.

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34. Many of Oliver Stone's films focus on controversial American political issues during the late 20th century, and as such were considered contentious at the times of their releases.

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