Oliver Stone: 'Hitler Was a Scapegoat'

Maybe Stalin wasn't so bad, either, says Hollywood bad boy

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 11, 2010 3:29 AM CST | Updated Jan 11, 2010 6:30 AM CST

(Newser) – Bad boy lefty film director Oliver Stone is stirring up the pot again, this time with his controversial comments that Adlof Hitler was a "scapegoat." Hitler "is an easy scapegoat throughout history and it's been used cheaply," he said at a press conference with critics where he discussed his new 10-hour Showtime TV history series. He believes "we can't judge people as only bad or good" and that Hitler was merely "the product of a series of actions."

Stone also seems prepared to revise the conventional perspective on Josef Stalin. "Not to paint him as a hero, but he fought the German war machine more than any person," Stone said. Prepare for more of the same. His series, Oliver Stone's Secret History of America, is intended as an antidote to the biases he believes exist in the history presented in US schools and mainstream media.

Oliver Stone prowls the streets of the packing district in New York.
Oliver Stone prowls the streets of the packing district in New York.   (AP Photo/Donald Traill)
Director Oliver Stone speaks at a presentation for the new documentary series Oliver Stone's Secret History of America at the CBS Showtime CW Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif.
Director Oliver Stone speaks at a presentation for the new documentary series "Oliver Stone's Secret History of America" at the CBS Showtime CW Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
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