By Lucas Shaw
No one would ever confuse Oliver Stone with the little guy. Well, except for Stone himself, who described his doc “South of the Border” as “the little engine that could” at Monday’s New York premiere at Cinema 2.
“Little” may be an apt description given recent news about the film’s B.O. performance in South America — reports Stone dismissed as inaccurate, noting, “I was lucky to get it on Venezuelan television, for Chrissake.”
One thing Stone and the media can agree on is the polarizing nature of the doc. The filmmaker has faced a lot of criticism for the movie’s favorable portrayal of South American leaders, and a group of dissenters gathered around the theater to protest before the screening.
Perhaps they were hoping for an appearance from Hugo Chavez, who had attended a screening at the 2009 New York Film Festival. Instead, they settled for a more Hollywood-centric crop of celebs, including Mickey Rourke and Milos Forman.
Also in attendance was Stone’s friend James Toback, whose first words to the director at the Monkey Bar were that the film could “cause a seismic shift in American thinking.”
(Photo: Directors James Tobak, Oliver Stone and Doug Liman take five at the “South of the Border” after party in New York)