Director had pitched documentary idea
Looks like Oliver Stone won’t get his chance to profile Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after all.
Ahmadinejad has rejected Stone’s offer to make a documentary about him, calling the helmer part of the “Great Satan” cultural establishment.
“It is right that this person is considered part of the opposition in the U.S., but opposition in the U.S. is a part of the Great Satan,” Mehdi Kalhor, media adviser to the president told the Fars news agency.
The term “the Great Satan” dates back to the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who first labeled the U.S. thusly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Stone’s publicist said Monday that the helmer had not received any official word of Ahmadinejad’s rejection of the docu proposal, but in a statement Stone said, “I have been called a lot of things, but never a great Satan. I wish the Iranian people well and only hope their experience with an inept, rigid ideologue president goes better than ours.”
Kalhor said the Iranian president mulled Stone’s proposal for more than a year.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)