For everyone that loved the series finale of Breaking Bad, there was one person who hated it. Like, for instance, director Oliver Stone, who thought it was "ridiculous."
Stone shared his thoughts on the Breaking Bad finale in an interview with Forbes to promote his upcoming documentary DVD series, The Untold History of the United States. Before I tell you what he said, I should point out that spoilers lie ahead, so if you haven't yet seen the series finale of Breaking Bad, steer clear. That said: "There’s too much violence in our movies – and it’s all unreal to me,” Stone, who wrote Scarface and directed Natural Born Killers, said. “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."
Already scalding from that burn? Wait, there's more: "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."
Stone goes on to explain that showing excessive violence in films has consequences, because "young people believe all of this shit"—and though he doesn't think anything should be banned, he believes filmmakers should be mindful of what they include in films. "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 shit! 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...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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