Shocking Walkout by Stars at ‘Oppenheimer’ Premiere Amidst SAG-AFTRA Strike: Oliver Stone Speaks Out

Oliver Stone Surprised by Actor Walkout at “Oppenheimer” Premiere Amid SAG-AFTRA Strike

London, UK – Acclaimed filmmaker Oliver Stone expressed his shock after learning that the stars of Christopher Nolan’s film “Oppenheimer” had left its London premiere due to the ongoing strike by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). Stone, known for movies such as “Platoon” and “Wall Street,” revealed that several producers, including Chuck Roven, were affected by the strike. He described the swift action taken by the actors as “shocking” and emphasized the significant impact it had on the film’s promotion.

Stone, being interviewed about the current 10-week Writers Guild of America (WGA) Strike, suggested that the roots of the ongoing industrial action can be traced back to a deal struck to end the five-month Writers Strike of 1988. He expressed his support for the strike that he believes ended with a “basic miscarriage of justice” when the Writers Guild of America (WGA) made concessions to the producers. According to Stone, the producers managed to secure a deal where a substantial portion of DVD revenue, which was a significant income source for filmmakers like himself, was deferred. This arrangement, according to Stone, resulted in an unfair distribution of profits.

The issue of profit-sharing continued with residuals, which Stone mentioned were not as significant as the profits themselves. Stone criticized the studios for claiming losses while finding ways to generate increasing profits over a long period. He further criticized the prevailing trend of paying executives exorbitant salaries while undermining the earnings of average writers. Reflecting on past industrial actions, Stone recounted how the 2007 Writers Strike led to the cancellation of his film “Pinkville,” which was centered around the 1968 My Lai massacre.

Stone believes that finding a swift resolution to the current disputes between writers and actors is unlikely due to the complex economic landscape of streaming platforms like Netflix. He argued that despite their claims of financial losses, these platforms continue to generate substantial profits. According to Stone, this conflict between profits and losses within the capitalist system is deeply rooted in American society.

In a departure from the topic of strikes, Stone shifted his attention to his 2022 documentary “Nuclear Now,” which argues in favor of nuclear power as a solution to combat climate change. Despite initially having doubts about nuclear power, Stone became convinced of its necessity after witnessing the increasing heatwaves around the world. The documentary, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year, is based on the book “A Bright Future: How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow” and was co-written by Stone and U.S. scientist Joshua Goldstein.

On a separate note, Stone was bestowed with a lifetime achievement award at the Jerusalem Film Festival, where he showcased his documentary. As part of the festival’s opening ceremony, Stone received the prestigious honor alongside Helen Mirren and the Belgian directorial duo, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne. Stone, who last spent extensive time in the country in 2002 during the Second Intifada, expressed his belief that the situation in the region has not changed since then, but has instead worsened.

Oliver Stone continues to be a prominent voice in the film industry, highlighting critical issues such as workers’ rights, climate change, and international conflicts through his works and appearances at various film festivals around the world.

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