Just like many big Hollywood blockbusters, Oliver Stone's new action flick, Savages, is intricately laced with a political agenda. Though Stone may deserve some credit for being honest enough to admit it openly.
He told Current TV, in an interview that airs tonight at 11 p.m., that his new pro-drug movie puts a spotlight on America's "war on drugs," which he says has been an absolute failure. Stone also says that his support of drug legalization played a part in the crafting of the film, as well as many of his previous ones. Here's how he summarizes Savages:
“We have the best weed in the world — Cause I’m telling you that from my own experience for 40 years,” he told California’s Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom. “We started, I mean, Vietnamese weed, Thai weed, Jamaican weed, Sudanese weed and it was all great stuff. But now, actually, because Americans are so technically-minded and mad chemists — they have really taken the Afghan seeds from the Afghan war — that’s the hypothesis of our movie — and brought them to California, rededicated themselves and made the finest seeds in the world, the finest grass you could smoke.”
As a result, the Mexican cartels, who basically "produce a lot of "s***" such as "insecticide weed", want to go into business with the California drug dealers.
Got your ticket yet? But it didn't take long before the conversation shifted from the cinema and weed to talks about cocaine and good old fashioned prescription drugs.
"It's doubly ironic because our values are corrupted by the fact that our citizenry wants the drugs...And we'll pay for grass, we'll pay for cocaine, we'll pay for – we'll also pay heavily for prescription drugs as you know, Stone said. "We have to come to terms with the fact that we have drives as human beings. It's like prohibition in the 1919, didn't work with alcohol. It's not gonna work with drugs – it never will."
Stone told Current TV that he has always attracted to the drug narrative and after "40 years of experience" he feels that doing drugs is just as much of a right as marriage and having sex. Perhaps there is a hidden Constitutional amendment he is privy to.
"I am the Timothy Leary generation, I'm all screwed up from that era...And I feel that it is part of our liberation, it is part of our right. You know, the right, as you know, to sex, to marriage. I really resent the government trying to tell us what to do with our lives," he said.
You can watch a sneak preview of Stone's interview with Current TV here:
To be fair, according to a Rasmussen poll released on May 23, 56 percent of likely U.S. voters support legalizing and regulating marijuana. There is a strong likelihood that a much smaller percentage supports cocaine legalization.
"This drug war is insane," Stone continued. "I remember when...Nixon declared the war on drugs. Everything's a war in America: war on poverty, war on drugs, war on terror – we are a war country. But it hasn't worked, it has completely backfired."
It seems odd that he lumped the war on poverty, which is not an actual war but rather an anti-poverty initiative, in with the other "wars."
However, after hearing this, Newsom replied, "I, by the way, couldn't agree more and have been very aggressive in terms of my opposition and I'm proud to be aggressive as a sitting politician."
Remember, Newsom is a sitting California politician, which is arguably the most pro-drug legalization state in America.
Another war that Stone is critical of is what he called the "war on the border," likely referring to the Mexico border. Other than crediting California for having the "best weed on the planet," most of Stone's comments were extremely critical of the U.S.
"We can not tell other people what to do. And we keep doing that," he explained. "We go to Afghanistan, we go to Iraq, we go to Vietnam and we try to impose our values on other people. It just doesn't seem to work."
For a film that supposedly supports legalizing the drug trade, it certainly paints a violent picture of the industry. Take a look at the Savages trailer – action-packed with drugs, Mexican drug cartels, federal agents and a lot of gun fire: