Quote: "People are fascinated by him but I’m not as much. But he has enormous balls, so you have to give him credit for that." Filmmaker and director Oliver Stone gives his honest opinion on America's new president-elect, Donald Trump.
Fact: Director Oliver Stone has had the December (15) release of his EDWARD SNOWDEN biopic pushed back until next year (16) amid reports suggesting the film has yet to be completed. Snowden, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the exiled former CIA employee-turned-whistleblower, had been due to hit U.S. movie theatres on Christmas Day (25Dec15), making it eligible for consideration for the 2016 Oscars nominations, but producers at Open Road Films have since pulled the movie from their end of year schedule. A specific 2016 date has yet to be determined, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Fact: Dustin Hoffman is in talks to join Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Oliver Stone's upcoming movie about infamous U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden. Gordon-Levitt will portray the former National Security Agency (Nsa) employee in The Snowden Files, and the Rain Man star is poised to take on a key role in the film, playing either an Nsa mentor to Snowden or a politician, according to the New York Post's Page Six column. Shailene Woodley is also in negotiations to star as Snowden's girlfriend, dancer Lindsay Mills, who recently moved to Moscow, Russia to live with her exiled beau. Filming on the project is due to begin in Munich, Germany in January (15).
Fact: Actors Annette Bening, Ellen Burstyn, Lucy Liu, John Lithgow and Nathan Lane and director Oliver Stone were among the stars in the audience for Kenneth Branagh's final Macbeth performance at New York's Park Avenue Armory on Sunday night (22Jun14). The production of the classic Shakespeare play came to an end after a sold-out limited run, which lasted less than three weeks.
Quote: "He kept following me, and he'd show up at a dinner, or I'd see him at the next table at a restaurant, and he was literally stalking me at some point. But I'm so happy that I did that movie." Josh Brolin recalls director Oliver Stone hounding him to star in George W. Bush biopic W after the actor initially turned down the project.
Fact: Oliver Stone is to be honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic later this summer (13)
Quote: The film was a satire... The violence in the film, if you remember correctly, was outlandish, like a cartoon, whereas I have done realistic movies that show the price of one bullet... Why doesn't he mention all the vigilante films... and all the films that embrace war... and embrace the concept of going into other countries and killing people." Filmmaker Oliver Stone fires back at National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre's claims that movies like his Natural Born Killers are to blame for the rise in U.S. gun crime.
Quote: "He's got his problems, and I think he made certain promises he hasn't kept... Obama has carried on the Bush war on terror and has not addressed all the things he promised he would do to curtail the hype and fear that pervade this country." Director Oliver Stone isn't sure he'll be voting Democrat come November (12).
Quote: "He decided for himself, and he is doing it for philosophical purposes. At that age, I did a lot crazier things." Moviemaker Oliver Stone on his son Sean's recent conversion to Islam.
Quote: "Some banks behave. I was at a private screening last night for bankers and asked them if they lost out in the (Wall Street) crash. They said, 'No, because we were boring.'" Director Oliver Stone is adamant not all traders are as greedy as those in his latest movie, WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS.
Quote: "He couldn't believe I asked him to do retakes... because he's used to telling directors what to do; it's not that easy for him to be told what to do." Oliver Stone had difficulty directing Donald Trump for new movie Wall Street: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS. The real-estate mogul's cameo was eventually cut from the theatrical release after Stone branded Trump's appearance "distracting" from the plot.
Quote: "It's a tremendous battle; it's sad. We didn't know anything about it at the Cannes Film Festival when we opened; there was no sign of it. It's amazingly courageous of him to come out there, to speak up for the movie and fight for it. It's a sign of his character." Director Oliver Stone is stunned by the bravery of his Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps star Michael Douglas as he battles cancer.
Quote: "He's the proverbial Energizer Bunny. I have no doubt he can fight this thing and win." Wall Street director Oliver Stone is adamant actor Michael Douglas will overcome his throat cancer battle.
Quote: "He's fine. He's a smart guy; you just kinda get him on the wrong day sometimes... He's got a lot going on his head... Oliver treats you like Vietnam, like you're in the trenches. He is tough and he tests you, and, as a result, he gets good results." Michael Douglas on working with Wall Street director Oliver Stone.
Quote: "He asked me to direct a comedy with him about him and seven Mormon wives; he was running for Governor of Utah or something." Oliver Stone reveals he almost added a Rodney Dangerfield movie to his resume after working with the late comedy legend in Natural Born Killers.
Quote: "He's different, unique, a sweetheart, a rogue, a bad boy, he's completely honest and I think he lives on another dimension." Moviemaker Oliver Stone has high praise for funnyman Russell Brand. Stone is producing Brand's upcoming documentary about happiness.
Quote: "Oh, yeah, like everyone else I took a hit in 2008, yeah. I couldn't escape it because it was almost a comprehensive hit. I mean, the system is out of control. The solution has got to be regulation but there are other issues at stake...This is a crazy system." Wall Street director Oliver Stone lost money in the global economic crisis of 2008.
Fact: Moviemaker Oliver Stone's Wall Street sequel has been pushed back to a September (10) release to allow the director to make a splash at the Cannes Film Festival in May (10). The film, starring Michael Douglas and Shia LaBeouf, was slated for a 23 April (10) release - but now film fans will have to wait until 24 September to see Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, according to Variety.
Quote: "It was the first time I had to do a very specific accent. Before, when I've had to do an American accent, I have done my general American accent, which I picked up from watching Friends." Carey Mulligan on nailing her performance in Oliver Stone's upcoming Wall Street: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS.
Quote: "As a result of this movie, Shia's really learned. He's into it. He trades daily. He and Josh discuss the market between takes." Director Oliver Stone admits actors SHIA LaBEOUF and Josh Brolin are bonding over their real-life stock market highs and lows as they shoot WALL STREET 2: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS.
Quote: "He's established himself as a very thin-skinned man. I doubt he would have the tolerance to see himself and he doesn't examine himself very much. He doesn't like too much psychobabble." Director Oliver Stone is adamant President GEORGE W. Bush won't see his new movie W.
Quote: "I said, 'If I don't do this role, will you pay me double of what they would have paid me?' But she said no. We haven't spoken about it... (but) she's very excited to see it." Josh Brolin jokes about upsetting his stepmother, staunch Democrat Barbra Streisand by playing Republican President GEORGE W. Bush in Oliver Stone's new movie W.
Quote: "There's an intimacy and an ease between the two of them which is kind of peculiar. I think (GEORGE W.) Bush and CONDI (RICE) are f**king in every way but physically." Thandie Newton, who plays Condoleezza Rice in Oliver Stone's Bush biopic W, insists her character and the U.S. President are very close.
Quote: "I told my children, 'Keep your passports current and know how to get to Canada if I ever call you and tell you go to Canada.'" Actor Richard Dreyfuss fears GEORGE W. Bush's presidency will have a lasting negative effect on America. Dreyfuss plays Vice-President Dick Cheney in Oliver Stone's new Bush biopic W.
Quote: "Sarah Palin is George Bush on steroids with less brains and much more dangerous." Stanley Weiser, the screenwriter behind Oliver Stone's new Bush biopic, W, on the Republican Party's current Vice-President candidate.
Quote: "I met GEORGE W. Bush and he told me he hates to watch himself on television and I think that's totally obvious... Bush is absolutely the worst at speaking; there's nothing presidential about him." Elizabeth Banks, who plays Bush's wife LAURA in Oliver Stone's upcoming biopic W.
Quote: "(Bush) can be in the room, and you won't notice him. He's like a junior chamber of commerce salesman." U.S. president GEORGE W. BUSH didn't make a huge impression on movie director Oliver Stone.
Quote: I went to Vietnam, and then I did three movies about it. Didnt do (anything), right? They went to Iraq the same way, same length of time, and the media was beating the drum. Hollywood filmmaker Oliver Stone knows his anti-war films have no effect on the U.S. government.
Quote: "He's very charismatic, he's very charming. He's a good politician; he looks you in the eye... He's not the deepest man; he's a hand shaker, he's a salesman." Director Oliver Stone on meeting the subject of his new biopic W, PRESIDENT GEORGE W. Bush.
Fact: Rapper/actor Xzibit is to star in Oliver Stone's forthcoming Vietnam war drama, PINKVILLE, after landing a role in the all-star cast alongside Bruce Willis, Woody Harrelson and CHANNING TATUM, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Quote: "You know how the Irish drink, don't you? The elbow keeps moving steady. They were able to work together 15 hours a day and then stand around together for another five hours. I have never seen people drink like that in my f**king life." Director Oliver Stone is still shocked by his large Irish cast and crew's drinking habits on the set of 2004's Alexander.
Fact: Movie maker Oliver Stone was a classmate of PRESIDENT George W Bush at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Former presidential candidate John Kerry was a year ahead of him at the famous 'Ivy League' US college.
Quote: "It's still Hollywood. But Oliver - it's to the point where he drives me crazy, is trying to get things right." New York police officer WILL JIMENO, whose experience of 9/11 has become the subject of upcoming movie WORLD TRADE CENTER, on his struggle to deal with director Oliver Stone's quest for perfection.
Fact: Hollywood superstars including Meryl Streep, Sharon Stone, Nicolas Cage, Scarlett Johansson and director Oliver Stone will bring glamour to next month's (AUG06) Venice Film Festival in Italy. The stars will be attending the premieres of their new movies.
Fact: Director Oliver Stone likes to relax by drinking hallucinogenic tea ayahuasca.
Quote: <p>"Oliver and I were born on the same day, same year, but I can still p**s him off by telling him he's older than I am by 10 minutes." Tommy Lee Jones knows how to upset film-maker Oliver Stone. </p>