Roger L. Simon

Oliver Disappoints with Bush Film - Where's the Paranoia?

It would normally be good news for conspiracy theorists that Oliver Stone is working on a George W. Bush biopic to appear before Bush leaves office (don’t hold your breath). But unfortunately the JFK director doesn’t seem to be swinging for his usual fences here, no Johnson behind the Kennedy assassination whispers or anything close: “Stone has said that the film, which will focus on the life and presidency of Bush, won’t be an anti-Bush polemic, but, as he told Daily Variety, ‘a fair, true portrait of the man. How did Bush go from being an alcoholic bum to the most powerful figure in the world?'”

How disappointing. Well, at least he’s calling Bush an “alcoholic bum” – not very PC, but we’ll let that go. It has some attitude of a Twelve Step sort. Look, we should admire Oliver for getting financing for his convoluted political biopics (Nixon?). He’s kind of a business genius.