George W. Bush: 'Fahrenheit 9/11' star is scariest movie villain of the year
Matt Mueller, editor of Total Film magazine, attempts to explain why U.S. president and Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 star George W. Bush has been chosen by the magazine's readers as the most frightening movie villain of 2004.
Bush beat some stiff competition, including:
- Doctor Octopus a.k.a. Doc Ock a.k.a. Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina) of Spider-Man 2.
- The cannibalistic Leatherface a.k.a. Thomas Hewitt (Andrew Bryniarski) of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
- Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah) of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Vol. 1.
- The scheming Gollum (Andy Serkis) of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
A reported 10,000 people took part in Total Film's poll. Here's Matt Mueller's George W. Bush quote:
It is possible that people have been a little bit tongue in cheek here, but they are also saying that Bush was very scary in Fahrenheit 9/11. He was absolutely terrifying in that film. He looked like a man who had lost control – the famous scene where he sits there in a school, absolutely paralysed, after being told about the twin towers, is just one example.
Matt Mueller's George W. Bush quote via The Register.
Oliver Stone quote: Down with Hollywood movies that glorify war
Two-time Academy Award winning director Oliver Stone (Platoon, 1986; Born on the Fourth of July, 1989) says that it is hypocritical for critics to rant at his violent 1994 murder satire Natural Born Killers, starring Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis, while praising violent movies that glorify war.
Natural Born Killers is a satire, whereas movies like [Ridley Scott's] Black Hawk Down and [Steven Spielberg's] Saving Private Ryan contribute to an aura of patriotic inevitability and an awe of the military.
Oliver Stone quote via The Irish Times.
Michael Moore quote: 'Human face' in Iraq
During a speech in Phoenix, Arizona, Michael Moore referred to a few brief scenes in his blockbuster documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, which shows Saddam Hussein's Iraq as a place of peace and happiness until the American-led invasion turns the country into a living hell.
I wanted to put a human face on the people there. Those Iraqi people – those people – they are human beings with souls and they have every right – every right – to live the same as you or I. They are no different. … We all pay our taxes and that means we paid for those bombs. That means your name and my name is [sic] on those bombs.
Michael Moore quote via CNSNews.com.
John Sayles lambastes U.S. media coverage of Iraq War
Independent-minded director John Sayles, whose latest film, Silver City, is an exposé of the American political system, recently discussed the pathetic U.S. media coverage of the Iraq War. At Today.com, the Eight Men Out and Lone Star filmmaker is quoted as saying:
These miniseries were running on the American news that just seemed liked pep rallies. Despite reporters being embedded, we felt like we were watching Armed Forces Radio and TV. It didn't feel like there was any perspective at all, any analysis, or even any facts, in some ways. So we felt like, we've got to get into the conversation.
Starring Chris Cooper, Silver City also features:
Best Actor Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl, 1977). Danny Huston. Mary Kay Place. Maria Bello. Thora Birch. Miguel Ferrer. David Clennon. Tim Roth. Billy Zane. Michael Murphy. Ralph Waite. Kris Kristofferson. Daryl Hannah.
Chris Cooper Silver City image: Newmarket Films.
George W. Bush Fahrenheit 9/11 image: Lionsgate Films / IFC Films.