Filmmaker Oliver Stone‘s new biopic, entitled “W,” was shot here in the Shreveport/Bossier City area. I’m glad the movie industry is pouring money (and interest) into our local economy, but I also have a long-standing issue with Hollywood, and “W” is no exception.
Here are a few snippets from Stone’s interview with the Times Online:
“I think McCain’s a very special story because he was never a soldier,” Stone says coldly. “He’s said he never saw the results of his own bombing. I saw the damage we did, I saw the corpses, the decay, I smelt the flesh, I saw people who’d been napalmed, people who’d been killed by shrapnel, mutilated. I saw horrible things. McCain was a prisoner and he has a siege mentality. He doesn’t see a balanced portrait of cause and effect – there’s something missing in the man, mentally.”
Oh, very nice. Apparently, in order to make a decision to go to war, you have to have shot, blown up, napalmed, and mutilated people up close.
I guess that would rule out Woodrow Wilson, Woodrow Wilson“>James K. Polk, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Bill Clinton, and Abraham Lincoln, all of whom initiated wars or significant conflicts without ever having served in the military themselves.
Just in case you’re wondering, they brought America into the following conflicts/wars: World War I, the Mexican-American War, World War II, Kosovo/Somalia, and the American Civil War. I guess they shouldn’t have been involved in those wars without having seen the tragedies of war first-hand.
Here’s another beauty from Stone:
And McCain’s running-mate, the moose-wrangling, gun-toting Alaskan beauty queen Sarah Palin? “She’s very ignorant. Ignorance is an American characteristic. To me, Palin and McCain look like a poster for a San Diego news channel.”
Go ahead and call Palin ignorant. That’s fine. We expect that sort of pretentious garbage from Hollywood elitists, but we don’t expect to give these guys free passes when they call ignorance “an American characteristic,” do we?
And then radical leftists wonder why we question their patriotism…
Lastly, do you think that these people should have a hand in shaping the opinions and perceptions of the average “ignorant” American who sees Stone’s movie?
…Stone hopes that W. – a $30 million project funded partly with Chinese money because no big Hollywood studio would touch it – will salvage a career that has been taking on water for more than a decade.
Why would China fund Stone’s movie? His last presidential Biopic (Nixon) cost $44,000,000 to make, but only brought in $13,560,960. A little Widget math says that it lost $30,439,040.
China’s involvement couldn’t be a good business decision; they’re bound to lose money. So what could their motives possibly be?
There can only be one answer: they want to shape public opinion (as if Bush needed any help being unpopular).
Allow me to end this by saying, YES…I am disappointed with President Bush’s second term. He has made some decisions that I’m not crazy about. However, I still support the man, and think that he is a very personable and (hold your breath for this one…) intelligent individual (public speaking abilities notwithstanding).
You might disagree with Bush on every level, and that’s fine. You have a right to be at odds ideologically, politically, spiritually, etc. But do you really think he deserves this film to be made about him? Ever heard of not kicking someone when they’re down (especially when they’re our President), Oliver?
Too bad for Stone that this picture might be a W in name, but will likely not be one at that box office.