Oliver Stone has asked Russian president Vladimir Putin to be his daughter’s godfather and expressed support for Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law in a newly-released interview.
The Hollywood heavyweight made the comment in a sit-down interview with Putin in Moscow conducted last month.
A transcript of the conversation was released on the Kremlin website this week. It took place on 19 June.
Stone, who is also known for directing the movie Alexander, told Putin: ‘[So] much of the argument, so much of the thinking, so much of the newspaper, television commentaries about gender, people identify themselves, and social media, this and that, I’m male, I’m female, I’m transgender, I’m cisgender…’
‘It seems like maybe that’s a sensible law’
The pair then go on to discuss the Russian law in question.
Oliver Stone: ‘Years ago when we were talking about homosexuality, you said that in Russia we don’t propagate it.’
Vladimir Putin: ‘Not exactly. We have a law banning propaganda among minors.’
Oliver Stone: ‘Yes, that’s the one I’m talking about. It seems like maybe that’s a sensible law.’
Vladimir Putin: ‘It is aimed at allowing people to reach maturity and then decide who they are and how they want to live. There are no restrictions at all after this.’
Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law, which criminalizes ‘propaganda of non-traditional relationships to minors’, was put into place in 2013.
‘How many children are you godfather to?’
Conversation then turned to Stone’s daughter.
Oliver Stone: Well, how many children are you godfather to?
Vladimir Putin: I will not give a number but several people.
Oliver Stone: Wow. Is it like a hundred or three hundred?
Vladimir Putin: No, no, are you serious? Certainly not. Just a few.
Oliver Stone: Otherwise I would ask you to be the godfather for my daughter.
Vladimir Putin: Does she want to become an Orthodox Christian?
Oliver Stone: Ok, we’ll make her that.
Stone’s other movies include Platoon, JFK, Wall Street and Blue Steel. He co-wrote the screenplay for the hit musical Evita, from 1996, which starred Madonna.
GSN has reached out to representatives to Oliver Stone for comment.