Who knew? I mean, who could have guessed?
“Iran President Rejects Oliver Stone Documentary,” from AP (thanks to Rob):
TEHRAN, Iran “” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has rejected a proposal by Oscar-winning movie director Oliver Stone to make a film about him because Stone is part of the “Great Satan” cultural establishment, a semiofficial news agency reported.
“I sent a negative answer by Ahmadinejad to Oliver Stone,” the Fars agency quoted Mehdi Kalhor, media adviser to the president, as saying Sunday. “It is right that this person is considered part of the opposition in the U.S., but opposition in the U.S. is a part of the Great Satan.”
“I have been called a lot of things, but never a great satan,” Stone said in the statement. “I wish the Iranian people well, and only hope their experience with an inept, rigid ideologue president goes better than ours.”
Kalhor said Stone sent his proposal more than a year ago, but Iran decided against allowing him to make the film.
“We believe that the American cinema industry lacks culture and art,” Kalhor was quoted as saying by Fars, which is considered close to Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard.
Certainly some of it does.