"I hope they name Oliver Stone."
- HUGO CHAVEZ,President of Venezuela, suggesting that the U.S. might end the diplomatic standoff between the two countries by naming the film director as its envoy to Caracas
"While it is true that Oliver Stone is considered to be among the opposition in the U.S., the opposition is still part of the Great Satan."
- MAHDI KALHORspokesman for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, rejecting an offer from the director to film a movie on the controversial Iranian leader
"I see it as the strange unfolding of American democracy as I have lived it."
- OLIVER STONE,director, on his forthcoming film W., about the personal, political and psychological evolution of President George W. Bush. Stone has been a longtime backer of the Democratic Party
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