Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone went on Th eLate Show With Stephen Colbert recently to promote his new documentary and got more than he bargained for.
The four-part documentary -The Putin Interviews- will air on Showtime in one-hour blocks. Stone has spent two years following Russian President Vladimir Putin and has cobbled together a four-hour documentary from over 20 hours of tape.
The problems started right away when Colbert plays a short clip of Stone interviewing Putin. In it, Stone asked Putin if he had interfered with the eUS Presidential election. To which Putin responded that Russia would never interfere with another country’s elections.
Instead of asking any sort of follow up question, Stone merely says, “Thank you, sir. We’ll see you tomorrow.”
Colbert then pressed Stone and asked why he failed to ask a follow-up question. Stone’s only defense was the, “you have to be polite.”
At this point, derisive laughter began to come from the audience. Colbert then told Stone that with the lack of a follow-up question, it was as if he had given Putin a platform to spread his propaganda.
Stone insisted that more hard-hitting questions would come in the fourth hour of the documentary and that the audience would simply have to watch in order to see him question Putin more forcefully.
Olver Stone has long been a defender of the freedom of speech, so it seemed odd to Colbert that he would take it easy on Putin, who has jailed opposition journalists and is alleged to have had opposition politicians murdered.
To that, Stone replied that Putin is merely a “social conservative.” At this point, the audience broke out in more laughter. To which, Stone replied, “I don’t know why you’re laughing.”
“Because it seems like a mild description”, Colbert informed him.
It remains to be seen if Stone does, indeed, ask Putin harder question later on in the interview. But one thing is certain, he has certainly drummed up some interest in his new documentary.