Savages' Director Oliver Stone Wants Real Change In Marijuana Laws





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Published on Jul 6, 2012

A quick perusal of writer/director Oliver Stone's résumé represents a filmmaker who knows how to tell important stories as well as entertaining ones, along with several that are both important and entertaining. Stone's latest work, "Savages," is an intense R-rated crime thriller based on Don Winslow's novel of the same name that, with its action-packed, gritty and violent story, is meant to be more entertainment than message.

Asked what he wants audiences to get out of the film, Stone recently told MTV News, "[There's] no message. I think it gets very complex with this movie with six different major relationships. It's a game of cat and mouse for power. Every one of these six people change in the course of the movie, frankly, and they arrive at a place they never thought they'd get to, and a lot happens. A lot of twists and turns, but I don't want to give it away, you know that.
"We have quite a ride," he continued. "It is set in a drug war. It's set in California, and we have a new burgeoning industry here with young independent growers. It makes sense. It's a hypothetical situation; it could happen."

While Stone claimed that there is no hidden message in the story, which revolves around two grassroots pot dealers who get tangled up with a larger and more dangerous Mexican drug cartel, he does have strong opinions on the subject of marijuana, as evidenced by his appearance on the cover of High Times magazine, along with his thoughts on the government's long tug-of-war over its legalization.

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