The director of 'Natural Born Killers' derided one of the most universally loved series finales in recent memory for its "ridiculous" violent scenes. Warning to those who have yet to see the conclusion of AMC's 'Breaking Bad' -- SPOILERS lie ahead! Turn back now!
In promotional interviews for his upcoming Showtime documentary series 'The Untold History of the United States,' director Oliver Stone ridiculed the climactic scene that spelled the end of Walter White, using it as a chief example of his frustration with violence without consequences or meaning in modern film and television. No, really.
"I don't know if you saw the denouement [of Breaking Bad], I happen to not watch the series very much, but I happened to tune in and I saw the most ridiculous 15 minutes of a movie - it would be laughed off the screen," he said, obviously slyly referring to his recent critically panned box office bomb 'Savages,' which was laughed off the screen (particularly the ending) by the few people who weren't bored to tears by it.
"Nobody could park his car right then and there and could have a machine gun that could go off perfectly and kill all of the bad guys! It would be a joke," he continued, clearly alluding to the nice clean resolution of 'Natural Born Killers' in which two of the most infamous serial killers in history go on to live happy lives and start a family in an RV.
"It's only in the movies that you find this kind of fantasy violence. And that's infected the American culture; you young people believe all of this s**t! Batman and Superman, you've lost your minds, and you don't even know it! At least respect violence. I'm not saying don't show violence, but show it with authenticity," said the writer of 'Scarface,' one of the most outrageously and over-the-top violent movies of our time, without a hint of irony or sarcasm in his voice.
Perhaps the finale and 'Breaking Bad' series on the whole isn't for everyone -- few series can be all things to all people. However, the idea of the director and writer of films with such outrageous and unbelievable violence as 'U-Turn,' 'Natural Born Killers' and 'Scarface' deriding the finale for its own use of unbelievable violence, while simultaneously admitting that he doesn't watch the show, is pretty laughable. What do you think of the director's comments?