Nothing but the truth? Master Stone's history lesson
Published 23/01/2010 | 05:00
At 63, Oliver Stone is showing no sign of slowing up on the work front -- and in between film projects he has somehow found time to make a 10-hour history series that will be shown on American television later this year.
From JFK and George W Bush to Vietnam, Stone (pictured) has consistently courted controversy during his long career; and his new TV show promises to be no different.
In the Secret History of America, Stone will set out to provide what he describes as "an antidote" to the inaccuracies and biases he believes have infected the conventional historical narrative.
If a recent interview is anything to go by, it should be pretty racy stuff. Announcing the series in California, Stone opened by describing Hitler as "an easy scapegoat" who has been "used cheaply throughout history".
It got worse. "We can't judge people as only 'bad' or 'good'," he went on, "Hitler is the product of a series of actions.
"It's cause and effect. People in America don't know the connection between WWI and WWII."
Joe Stalin got a kind word too. "Stalin has a complete other story," Stone said, who added that he didn't want "to paint him as a hero, but to tell a more factual representation. He fought the German war machine more than any other person".
We await Mr Stone's history lesson with interest.