US filmmaker says Spanish king should shut up instead
In an interview with a Spanish newspaper, Oliver Stone says King Juan Carlos should shut up and listen to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez because he is an extraordinary man.Madrid – Spain's King Juan Carlos should shut up and listen to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, US film director Oliver Stone said in comments published Tuesday in a Spanish newspaper.
At the Ibero-American summit in Chile in November 2007, Spanish King Juan Carlos sparked a diplomatic row when he turned to Chavez -- who had been repeatedly interrupting a speech by Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero -- and said: "Why don't you shut up."
"Your king should shut up and listen to Chavez more," the top-selling daily El Pais quoted Stone as telling one of its journalists at the Venice film festival on Monday.
"Chavez is an extraordinary man who has managed to reduce by half the number of people living in poverty in his country. I am tired of seeing the media in my country call him a dictator, because he is not," said the director.
Stone and Chavez were in Venice for the world premiere of his documentary South of the Border, which looks at the outspoken Venezuelan leader's role in bottom-up change sweeping South America.
Chavez is to meet with King Juan Carlos again during a visit to Madrid on Friday, government sources said Tuesday. He was already scheduled to meet with Zapatero.
The king's outburst at Chavez two years became a catchphrase in the Spanish-speaking world, appearing on T-shirts and even being turned into a mobile-phone ringtone downloaded by millions.
AFP / Expatica