Oliver Stone Loooooves Hugo Chavez

I don’t know.

If these Hollywood types love dictators, what does that say about them? They also love Castro, they also praised him endlessly, in spite of the simple truth that he made his nation into an island prison.

There is no explaining this dictator love by any rational course of thought. It is simply a mystery, a sign of some sort of imbalance.

American filmmaker Oliver Stone said Friday he deeply admires Hugo Chavez but suggested the Venezuelan president might consider talking a bit less on television.

Promoting his new documentary “South of the Border” in Caracas, Stone heaped praise on Chavez, saying he is leading a movement for “social transformation” in Latin American. The film features informal interviews by Stone with Chavez and six allied leftist presidents, from Bolivia’s Evo Morales to Cuba’s Raul Castro.

“I admire Hugo. I like him very much as a person. I can say one thing. … He shouldn’t be on television all the time,” Stone said at a news conference. “As a director I say you don’t want to be overpowering. And I think he is sometimes that way.”

Chavez makes near-daily speeches that run for hours, often reminiscing, lecturing about history, announcing news and breaking into song. His Sunday program can last six hours or more.

“He’s a soldier and he speaks from his heart,” Stone said. “His vision is huge. … And he will go down in history.”

Useful idiots, anyone?


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