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Stone: New show for my grandkids

Published 12/04/2013 | 09:02

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Oliver Stone is very proud of his new documentary series about US history

Oliver Stone has said his new TV series about the history of the United States is his legacy for his grandchildren.

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The Oscar-winning director of Platoon, Born On The Fourth Of July and Heaven And Earth, has made an epic 10-hour TV series called The Untold History Of The United States and he hopes it is something his family will be proud of.

Stone, 66, said: "It's really the climax of my dramatic life, to dramatise history well, it gives me great pleasure. I could go to my deathbed... I'd love to see my grandkids, if I ever get 'em, watching the television series and saying: 'Grandpa did that'. It's corny, but I'm proud of it."

The filmmaker felt he understood his own identity better after exploring the history of his country.

He said: "This gave me a chance to get deeper into history and understand my own origins because I come out of World War II.

"My father was a soldier, my mother was French, he picked her up in Paris on the street and brought her back to New York, I was born in the dawn of the atomic age."

:: The Untold History Of The United States starts on Sky Atlantic on Friday, April 19.

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