Oliver Stone: Tool Or Fool? Both!
Director Oliver Stone was interviewed by Ann Louise Bardach on the release of his second film about Fidel Castro. His first movie was deemed a suck-up job and shelved. Bardach knows her stuff and decided to show Stone for the buffoon he is. Read it and watch a man get intellectually flayed.
ALB: But Cuba's leader for life is sitting in front of these guys who are facing life in prison, and you're asking them, "Are you well treated in prison?" Did you think they could honestly answer that question?Stone later claims Cuba isn't a Stalinist state.
OS: If they were being horribly mistreated, then I don't know that they could be worse mistreated [afterward].
ALB: So in other words, you think they thought this was their best shot to air grievances? Rather than that if they did speak candidly, there'd be hell to pay when they got back to prison?
OS: I must say, you're really picturing a Stalinist state. It doesn't feel that way. You can always find horrible prisons if you go to any country in Central America.
ALB: Did you go to the prisons in Cuba?
OS: No, I didn't.
ALB: So you don't know if they're any different than, say, the prisons in Honduras then?
OS: I think that those prisoners are being honest.