Filmmaker Oliver Stone revealed in a recent interview that he thinks he would be ‘vilified’ if his were released today.
The 73-year-old director, whose films include Best Picture winner Platoon and controversial films such as Natural Born Killers, opened up on Jim Roberts and Sam Norton’s Sirius XM radio show on Thursday.
The filmmaker was asked about how ‘reactionary’ Hollywood has become lately, with Stone admitting immediately, ‘I have no idea.’
‘I’m really out of touch. I can tell you that if I made any of my films, I don’t think I’d last,’ the director said, adding, ‘I’d be vilified. I’d be attacked. Shamed.’
‘Whatever you want to call that… culture, cancel f***ing culture. I mean it’s just impossible,’ he added.
The director was accused of sexual misconduct in 2017 by actresses Patricia Arquette and Melissa Gilbert, along with Playboy model Carrie Stevens.
While Stone did not respond to Arquette and Gilbert’s claims, he did briefly address Stevens’ claim, who called her audition for his 1991 film The Doors, ‘humiliating and horrid,’ though the director said he tried to, ‘ensure a safe environment for all actors who auditioned.’
Stone continued that if he tried to make any of his films now, he’d have to ‘step on so many sensitivities.’
‘You have to have some freedom to make a movie, unfortunately. You have to be rude. You can be bad. And you’re going to have to do these things like step on toes,’ he added.
He then asked host Roberts, ‘Holy cow. Do you think I could have made any of those films now?’ Roberts responded, ‘No, I don’t think so.’
Stone hasn’t directed a film since 2016’s Snowden, which follows the life of whistleblower Edward Snowden, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
He did direct a four-episode TV series documentary The Putin Interviews in 2017 and he has another TV series documentary JFK: Destiny Betrayed.
Stone set up his next film White Lies back in October 2018, which already has Benicio del Toro set to star.
The story follows three generations centering on a child of divorce, who is seen repeating the mistakes of his parents with his own marriage and troubled son.
He leaves it all behind to go on a ‘lust-filled journey” to discover himself, when he meets he meets a woman whose life is the opposite of his own.