Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hollywood star?

Hollywood director Oliver Stone has made movies about JFK, Nixon, and Alexander the Great. He’s also made a documentary about Fidel Castro. Now he wants to make a movie about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Stone’s made his desires clear for some time now; last month, Ahmadinejad’s media advisor said that the Iranian leader would not be cooperating ...

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Hollywood director Oliver Stone has made movies about JFK, Nixon, and Alexander the Great. He's also made a documentary about Fidel Castro. Now he wants to make a movie about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Stone's made his desires clear for some time now; last month, Ahmadinejad's media advisor said that the Iranian leader would not be cooperating with the movie:

It is right that this person [Stone] is considered part of the opposition in the U.S., but opposition in the US is a part of the Great Satan. We believe that the American cinema lacks culture and art."

OK, fair enough. At least on that last part. As for the first part, here was Stone's response:

Hollywood director Oliver Stone has made movies about JFK, Nixon, and Alexander the Great. He’s also made a documentary about Fidel Castro. Now he wants to make a movie about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Stone’s made his desires clear for some time now; last month, Ahmadinejad’s media advisor said that the Iranian leader would not be cooperating with the movie:

It is right that this person [Stone] is considered part of the opposition in the U.S., but opposition in the US is a part of the Great Satan. We believe that the American cinema lacks culture and art.”

OK, fair enough. At least on that last part. As for the first part, here was Stone’s response:

I have been called a lot of things, but never a Great Satan. I wish the Iranian people well, and only hope their experience with an inept, rigid ideologue president goes better than ours.”

Ahmadinejad appears to have changed his mind, though. Yesterday, after being questioned by journalists about appearing on the silver screen, he replied:

I have no objection, generally speaking.”

What’s next? Putting his handprints in the cement on Hollywood Boulevard?

Christine Y. Chen is a senior editor at Foreign Policy.

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