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Iran disses Stone

Iran rejected a proposal by Oscar-winning movie director Oliver Stone to make a film about President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad because Mr. Stone is part of the “Great Satan” cultural establishment, says FoxNews.com, citing a report from a semiofficial news agency in that country.

“I sent a negative answer by Ahmadinejad to Oliver Stone,” the Fars news agency quoted Mehdi Kalhor, media adviser to the president, as saying. “It is right that this person is considered part of the opposition in the U.S., but opposition in the U.S. is a part of the Great Satan.”

The term “Great Satan” dates back to Iran’s late supreme leader, Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini, who first called the United States that after the 1979 Islamic Revolution overthrew the country’s U.S.-supported shah.

Mr. Stone’s publicist in New York said the director had not been notified formally that his proposal to make a documentary about Mr. Ahmadinejad had been turned down.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.