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Oliver Stone Says 'Breaking Bad' Finale Was Too Violent & "Ridiculous"

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by Kevin Jagernauth
October 9, 2013 9:04 AM
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Oliver Stone has been no stranger to scenes of explicit violence. To call "Natural Born Killers" controversial would be an understatement, while Brian De Palma's "Scarface" (which he wrote) basks in its own gratuitous glory. And Stone's last feature, "Savages," featured attractive young people having sex and killing people. So it's safe to say the director has a wide measure of tolerance for onscreen violence, but it seems "Breaking Bad" (of all things) pushed his buttons too far.

“I don’t know if you saw the denouement [of 'Breaking Bad'], I happen to not watch the series very much, but I happened to tune in and I saw the most ridiculous 15 minutes of a movie – it would be laughed off the screen,” he told Forbes, adding:  “Nobody could park his car right then and there and could have a machine gun that could go off perfectly and kill all of the bad guys! It would be a joke.”

And Stone says it's not that he thinks anything should be banned, but filmmakers should really ponder the consequences of what they show on screen. “It’s only in the movies that you find this kind of fantasy violence. And that’s infected the American culture; you young people believe all of this shit! Batman and Superman, you’ve lost your minds, and you don ‘t even know it! At least respect violence. I’m not saying don’t show violence, but show it with authenticity," he said, adding: "...when you’ve reached this height of technology level of a Michael [Bay], of a 'Transformers,' I don’t understand the meaning of it and the reason for it, except that it appeals to some visual sense, some kinetic sense of dynamism and a need for action. But action is not always a solution, character is.”

It would be easy to point out Stone's hypocrisy here considering his aforementioned films, but we wonder what he'll think when he finally sits down to watch the series and finds out what happens to Gustavo Fring ...

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17 Comments

  • Whatever | November 2, 2013 11:37 AMReply

    Retire geezer.How can you call BB too violent and implausible.Go tell Quentin Tarantino his movies are not realistic or too violent. Do the world a favor geezer,retire and keep your mouth shut.

  • song | October 13, 2013 12:11 PMReply

    f you Oliver Stone. Retire!

  • Cattyface | October 11, 2013 5:12 PMReply

    What is wrong with him? Is he jealous that this was not one of his concepts? Or that the characters are well developed for viewers to actually love them and cry over them.I apologize for the next statement but I have always hated Scarface. No thing in that movie made me like the characters.I know a lot of people love the movie but maybe that's the difference here.Vince wrote for the audience to like his characters.At any rate Oliver Stone is out numbered here.

  • Resigned Sidekick | October 11, 2013 3:01 AMReply

    I have nothing against Stone but I do think his full of it here. I don't believe he does a good enough job explaining the alleged implausibility. I understand he thinks it's implausible but he doesn't exactly explain why it's implausible , how it's implausible, and what should happened that would made it more believable. But I think if Stone knew anything about the show he'll know it's not just about violence.

  • SamC | October 10, 2013 8:37 AMReply

    “Nobody could park his car right then and there and could have a machine gun that could go off perfectly and kill all of the bad guys!"

    Heisenberg could.

  • Oliver Dumb | October 10, 2013 6:24 PM

    Yes. Yes, he could. And he did! HEISIE IS DEAD, LONG LIVE HEISIE!

  • stevenstevo | October 10, 2013 2:22 AMReply

    "Action is not always a solution, character is" said the man whose last film SAVAGES was utterly devoid of any character development whatsoever. It had the strong, silent type lead protagonist, who is of course a former Navy SEAL. And no, I am not making this up. And, oh yeah, and the lead actress' name is O, short for Ophelia, also the narrator.

  • Janell | October 9, 2013 2:33 PMReply

    As far as I'm concerned, SAVAGES was so awful, Oliver Stone has relinquished his right to have his critical opinion respected. But that's just MY opinion. And yes, those statements are highly hypocritical and reek of envy. Also... it's just mean-spirited.

  • Stone is stupid | October 9, 2013 11:28 AMReply

    "Action is not always a solution, character is." - Clearly, he does not watch Breaking Bad.

  • JazzKO | October 9, 2013 10:25 AMReply

    Stone makes sense. Forget his reputation (which also includes making some great cinema), the final shootout was ridiculous for a show that's attempted to stay tough and gritty. It was as fantastical as Badger and Skinny Pete playing around with the lasers. Such drastic tonal shifts inside one episode.

  • Recently.reaped | October 9, 2013 10:53 AM

    right, because the way Walt killed Tuco was totally not fantastical. Walt was never about acting bigger than he really was and bluffing with bravado either. Ppl seem to have forgotten how many good coincidences have kept Walt and Jessie alive.

  • fernando Spain | October 9, 2013 10:04 AMReply

    Like his movies...All ridicoulus

  • Ugh | October 9, 2013 9:57 AMReply

    Oliver Stone is doing what Oliver Stone does best = Say scandalous/retarded things about whatever is popular right now to get his name out there.

    Sadly the thing Oliver Stone used to do best was made movies but I recently rewatched SAVAGES & now know better.

  • Rob | October 9, 2013 9:26 AMReply

    Stone hasn't made a good movie since JFK. Natural Born Killers was absurdly violent to the point of not even being enjoyable. Meanwhile, Breaking Bad is a show about a guy living out his violent fantasy, so, yeah, there's no need to call in the realism of the situation; we know it's not real. What a douche. G0 make another Any Given Sunday, you hack.

  • Jesse | October 9, 2013 9:26 AMReply

    Oliver Stone hasn't been a worth while story teller in 20+ years.

    "show it with authenticity" coming from Oliver Stone is the silliest thing ever. To follow it up that character is key, not action, is very true but that's exactly what that machine gun in the trunk was. Walter White/Heisenberg would be such a character to do exactly what he did. If it were Steve Gomez who had done that, yes, that'd be stupid.

    If maybe Oliver Stone had watched the preceding 61 episodes, he would've probably softened his words a bit.

  • Rick | October 9, 2013 9:22 AMReply

    He admits to barely ever watching it so.........who cares what else he has to say past that?

  • bohmer | October 9, 2013 11:23 AM

    came here to say that.

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