Oliver Stone has turned TV critic (for a day) and in the process, has decided to become contrarian on a show just about everyone else loves -- "Breaking Bad," calling the finale a crock of nonsense, or words to that effect. Here is the quote, as lifted from Forbes.com, which attended a recent presser he gave for his Showtime series, "The Untold History of the United States," about to come out on Blu-ray.
“There’s too much violence in our movies -- and it’s all unreal to me,” he 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. 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. 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 --! 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."
Good for Stone, even if he misses at least one obvious point -- "Breaking Bad" has been unrealistic for five seasons. Mild-mannered chemistry genius turns into the meth king of the southwest, whilst dispatching other meth kings, via a.) blowing off half of their faces; b.) getting some of them to drink spiked Tequila (actually that was the half-faced former meth king, but no matter.)?
I respect Stone for many reasons, and I respect him on this subject -- as a soldier, he did, after all, probably see other GIs get blown away in Vietnam. He really does know what guns do to people.
But sadly, that old barge of too-much-violence-in-TV has sailed. Everything or just about everything -- with the exception of "Kathie Lee and Hoda" -- is horrifically violent. Wait until Stone sees tonight's "American Horror Story: Coven."' Or did he watch "Sons of Anarchy" last night? But clearly, Stone is onto somethings here: Violence on TV has anesthetized the masses, and TV critics, too.
Back to "Bad:" I loved the finale, thought it brilliant and cathartic. But never once did I -- or anyone else -- ever call it "realistic."