During a recent interview about the making of his new film about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, director Oliver Stone said that Pentagon sanitation of Hollywood films is rampant.
“I mean, honestly. America is fed bullsh-t and we buy it. No other alternative,” the famed director said during the interview.
Stone rattled off a list of television shows and movies—“Homeland”, “24”, “Lone Survivor” – that are all heavily influenced by the CIA.
“What you’re seeing is bullsh*t. And a lot of the war pictures you see, you don’t get, you know, you get it after the Pentagon has sanitized it. And they lie. They lie. As long as it is pro-American, that’s all that matters,” he said.
The director added that the CIA “has taken over Hollywood in that sense.”
For that reason, Stone said he faced certain difficulties while trying to make a film about the man who embarrassed the federal government’s intelligence community. He said he assumed the CIA had hacked his phone and that he made the decision to move the production to Germany to avoid NSA interference.
“But we proceeded on the basis of we’re making a movie,” the filmmaker said. “We went there on that basis.”
The worst part, he said, wasn’t the government but the “self-censorship of scared American corporations” afraid to get involved in the project.