Speaking at the Venice Film Festival--where his 9/11 movie World Trade Center is to be screened--Vietnam veteran Stone insists his movies Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July responsibly portrayed the realism of war, unlike other films.
"I have reasons to be depressed as a Vietnam veteran, and I can say many Vietnam veterans are depressed about why we are in Iraq."
In contrast, he claims World Trade Center delivers a message of hope: "In the past I made very intense films, very powerful films about dark subjects.
"I did Vietnam at a time when America was very prosperous and there was no war.
"Now is a time to go the other way--that's my nature--and I want to be positive.
"Things have gotten very dark and frankly there is more terror, there is more death, there is more war. The consequences of 9/11 are far worse than the day itself.
"Somebody asked if it was too soon for this movie--I think in many ways it's too late. We have got to wake up."
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