The director unveiled the 30-second spot, featuring former Army Sgt. John Bruhns, at a Santa Monica press conference.
In the ad, Bruhns says, “We were told to liberate these people. They were shooting at us,” Bruhns says to camera. “To keep American soldiers in Iraq for an indefinite period of time, being attacked by an unidentifiable enemy, is wrong, immoral and irresponsible.”
The spot will appear on CNN for a week, starting today.
Ron Kovic, the author of “Born on the Fourth of July” and the subject of Stone’s movie, provides a brief. voiceover. He appeared with Stone at the press conference.
Stone made last year’s “World Trade Center,” which was regarded as a patriotic picture and even received positive reviews among conservative critics. He’s also been developing “Jawbreaker,” about America’s response to the terrorist attacks and the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Cyrus Nowrasteh, who wrote the controversial ABC miniseries “The Path to 9/11” that drew fire from President Clinton, was to write a draft of a script.
But those projects have not colored Stone’s politics on the war.
“I made three movies about Vietnam and I thought it was behind us,” he said on Thursday, according to Reuters. “This is a bad summer repeat of a war that happened 40 years ago. We must listen to the soldiers who are coming back.”
He expressed doubts he would do a movie on the war in Iraq, only the politics behind it. “I find that fascinating.”