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Oliver Stone Sat Down with Putin Four Times for Upcoming Documentary

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Oliver Stone gravitates towards controversial figures like a moth to a headline-grabbing flame. He’s taken aim at former and sitting Presidents, serial killers, self-proclaimed warrior-poets, and most recently, a Kermit the Frog-voiced whistleblower by the name of Eddie Snowden. One of the most wanted men on the face of the Earth, Snowden’s a pretty tough act for a scandal-courting filmmaker to follow. Laura Poitras managed to score some precious face-time with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for Risk, her first feature after Snowden doc Citizenfour. Not to be outdone, Oliver Stone landed four interviews with one of the primary architects of what could end up being our next war.

In a new interview with the Sydney Morning Herald (and noted by THR), Stone claimed that he’s had four sit-downs with Vladimir Putin, who will provide a subject for an as-of-now untitled documentary. While Stone could not divulge any details as to when the public may be able to see this film or if it even has a distributor at present, he did have some comments about our current Commander-in-Chief’s Russian bestie-on-the-DL. “It’s not a documentary as much as a question and answer session,” Stone explained. “Mr. Putin is one of the most important leaders in the world and in so far as the United States has declared him an enemy — a great enemy — I think it’s very important we hear what he has to say… [The documentary] opens up a whole viewpoint that we as Americans haven’t heard.”

When asked about how he found the man, Stone replied, “He talks pretty straight.” When there’s more to be announced about this project, you can be sure Stone will be there to say it.

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