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[SPOILER] Oliver Stone Slams 'Breaking Bad' Finale Violence

Oliver Stone: serial killer movie director unhappy with violence, not joking

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?


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EvoQ

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Message Posted On Oct 12th, 2013, 3:54 pm

So let me get this correct....All of YOU posters do NOT agree with Stone's Comment that American TV/HollyWood Movies Glorify Violence, just for the sakle of Blood and Gore ? Yes, his Words are extremely hipoxcritical because of the use of biolence in his Movies. But his Statement is Spot On !

BreakingBadInfectedAmeric

Message Posted On Oct 9th, 2013, 2:42 pm
I think the fact he said he didn't watch BB very much said volumes. He didn't know the character of Walter White and he didn't know any of the other characters. The BB finale was perfect, I thought. Perfect for the world of Breaking Bad. I have to wonder if he's perhaps not a tiny bit envious that he didn't come up with Breaking Bad first? As msd85 said, someone who made such films as Scarface, Natural Born Killers and Platoon is hardly in any position to criticize any amount of violence on television or in films. He's put more than his fair share of it out there to "infect the American culture".
Anonymous

Message Posted On Oct 9th, 2013, 1:43 pm
A Washed up "Has-Been" with loads of sour grapes. "I happen to not watch the series very much" explains more than enough, he'd soon complain if people judged his films by just the last 15 minutes.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Oct 9th, 2013, 11:06 am
Sour grapes coming from an over-rated, has-been, hack trying to self-promote by latching onto a popular program. He should realize that his time was many years ago. Plus, who cares what Oliver Stone thinks? It's like that other has-been blow-hard, Jim Carey, popping off on gun owners. Its time for the Hollywood Actors & Directors retirement home for Mr. "I used to be somebody" Stone.
Pentar
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Message Posted On Oct 9th, 2013, 10:01 am

Oliver Stone = irrelevant

ab

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Message Posted On Oct 9th, 2013, 5:00 am

Correction- it shiould say "upcoming video release" of UHOtUS.  The show aired like two years ago.  It's really good too.

Anonymous

Message Posted On Oct 9th, 2013, 4:15 am
Oliver Stoned is 67 years old.... He wouldn't know violence; if violence broke out and kicked him in his old ass.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Oct 9th, 2013, 3:49 am
"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!" Nobody in their right minds questions the batman franchise after Nolan's take on it. What a tool. Also U-Turn was just awful. Hypocrite.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Oct 9th, 2013, 3:17 am
I only had to read "In promotional interviews for his upcoming Showtime documentary series 'The Untold History of the United States,'" to understand this is a blatant attempt at free advertising for his new show by using the loved breaking bad franchise. move along, nothing to see here.
Scotsmania

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Message Posted On Oct 9th, 2013, 2:03 am

Sounds like jealousy to me.

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