Guests: Episodes with Oliver Stone

William Oliver Stone, born on September 15, 1946, is a renowned American film director, producer, and screenwriter, celebrated for his controversial yet highly acclaimed projects. His works span a variety of subjects, from the Vietnam war and American politics to musical biographies and crime dramas. Stone has garnered several awards, including four Academy Awards, a BAFTA, a Primetime Emmy, and five Golden Globes.

Originating from New York City, he briefly attended Yale before enlisting in the US Army during the Vietnam war. Serving between 1967 and 1968, Stone was honored with various military commendations, including the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. This firsthand war experience deeply influenced his subsequent cinematic depictions of war’s harsh realities.

Stone initiated his film journey by penning screenplays like “Midnight Express” (1978), which earned him an Academy Award, “Conan the Barbarian” (1982), and “Scarface” (1983). However, it was his directorial ventures, especially the Vietnam war films “Platoon” (1986) and “Born on the Fourth of July” (1989), that solidified his reputation. Stone’s other notable films include “Wall Street” (1987), “JFK” (1991), “Natural Born Killers” (1994), and “Snowden” (2016).

A majority of Stone’s creations delve into contentious political topics from late 20th-century America. He’s been a vocal critic of U.S. foreign policy, interpreting it as shaped by nationalist and imperialist designs. His films and perspectives have occasionally drawn criticism, with some alleging that he promotes conspiracy theories.