The world would probably - no, let's put aside probably, most certainly - be different had Oliver Stone not made that decision after Vietnam to become a filmmaker. Hell, the world might be different had he not decided to *volunteer* to go to Vietnam to fight (at a time when that was not the majority way, usually it was 'you got drafted, you go'). Because Stone, for whatever you think of his work, added an extra dimension to dramatic-historical cinema, in a way that's drawn controversy on.... practically every film he's written and/or directed!
So it's with this in mind - as well as returning special guest Romney Rosario (remember him from episode 22.3 on Scorsese?) - that we present our most epic-length podcast yet (until the slew of director's cuts)! This is so big we'll be posting this in two parts; "Side A" is on Stone's early life, going to Vietnam, and then how he became a filmmaker under the tutelage of Martin Scorsese at NYU, started in horror and soft-core exploitation with Lloyd Kaufman, got a screenplay Oscar on his first produced script, 'Midnight Express', and then made a mark in the 1980's early on as a writer of HARD-ASS BAD-ASS MEN (i.e. Conan, Scarface, Year of the Dragon), while also putting out another horror, 'The Hand'. This part stops just as he hits it big with 'Salvador' and 'Platoon'.
Also, please please PLEASE do check out the book that also makes this a "Required Reading" portion of the podcast- Matt Zoller Seitz's magnificent and extra-large (seriously, this thing can be used for added weight lifting at the gym), THE OLIVER STONE EXPERIENCE (link on Amazon: https://amzn.com/1419717901)
Themes from PLATOON, THE DOORS (Break on Through), ALEXANDER, SCARFACE (Push it to the Limit), JFK and TALK RADIO (intro)