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Oliver Stone Slams 'Breaking Bad' Finale for 'Ridiculous' Violent Scenes

October 9, 2013, 8:59 am GMT

'If people think that bringing a machine gun to your last meeting is a solution to a television series that's very popular, I think they're insane,' so the 'Nixon' helmer says.



Despite what Bryan Cranston called a "very satisfying" ending for his character on "Breaking Bad", at least one person found the series finale "ridiculous." Notable filmmaker Oliver Stone expressed this while promoting his Showtime docu series "The Untold History of the United States".

"There's too much violence in our movies - and it's all unreal to me," he unleashed his frustration that filmmaking had lost respect for the kind of escapism it provides audiences. He used final scenes on the last episode of the AMC critically-acclaimed series as an example.

"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 said.

Stone pointed out the scene that he's complaining about, [SPOILER ALERT!] "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."

He added, "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 s**t! 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."

"I wouldn't criticize everything. I'm just saying it's the level of violence. If people think that bringing a machine gun to your last meeting is a solution to a television series that's very popular, I think they're insane. Something's wrong. It's not the world we know," Stone continued. "But I think there might be in Iron Man... there could be some good stories about war profiteering, some good moral tales. I agree. Comics were that for that reason, remember?"

The Academy Awards-winning director stressed, "But 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."

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