- The Washington Times - Monday, July 13, 2020

Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone ripped Hollywood as “politically correct” in a new interview, complaining that you can’t make a film in the industry today without hiring a “COVID adviser” and “sensitivity counselor.”

Mr. Stone, who won Oscars for his directing of “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Platoon,” and “JFK,” told The New York Times magazine in an interview published Monday that he had no regrets for having not made a movie since “Snowden” in 2016.

“I do still get offered stuff, but I’m not inspired to make a movie,” the director said. “I don’t feel anything inside me, fire for going through that pain and misery.”

“The problem is in Hollywood,” he continued. “It’s just so expensive — the marketing. Everything has become too fragile, too sensitive. Hollywood now — you can’t make a film without a COVID adviser. You can’t make a film without a sensitivity counselor. It’s ridiculous.

“The Academy changes its mind every five, 10, two months about what it’s trying to keep up with,” he added. “It’s politically correct [expletive], and it’s not a world I’m anxious to run out into. I’ve never seen it quite mad like this. It’s like an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ tea party.”

Pressed by The Times’ David Marchese to elaborate further, Mr. Stone fired back: “Oh, David, don’t go there. That’s going to be your headline. You know, I just read something about how films are going to be very expensive to make now, because you need to take all these precautions, and a 50-day shoot becomes a 60-day shoot, and social distancing for actors. That’s what I’m talking about.”

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