While promoting his Showtime docu-series, “The Untold History of the United States,” multiple Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone went off on a pretty major rant about the state of American movies and the “joke” that was the “Breaking Bad” finale.
Stone, who admittedly does “not watch [‘Breaking Bad’] very much,” but “happened to tune in” to the series finale, tells the press the series ending was “the most ridiculous 15 minutes of a movie — it would be laughed off the screen.”
[Note: Major spoilers ahead for those still hoarding the finale on their DVRS.]
Regarding Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston) approach to the gang who kidnapped Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), Stone says, “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.”
He then seques into slamming the current crop of DC Comics films. “It’s only in the movies that you find this kind of fantasy violence. And that’s infected the American culture,” says Stone. “You young people believe all of this s***! ‘Batman and Superman’ [sic] — 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.”
Which brings him back to “Breaking Bad”: “If people think that bringing a machine gun to your last meeting is a solution to a television series that’s very popular, I think they’re insane. Something’s wrong. It’s not the world we know,” Stone says.
And then he circles back to comic book characters: “But I think there might be in ‘Iron Man’ — there could be some good stories about war profiteering, some good moral tales,” Stone insists. “Comics were that for that reason, remember?”
And on to Michael Bay: “But when you’ve reached this height of technology level of a Michael, of a ‘Transformers,’ I don’t understand the meaning of it,” he says. “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.”
Stone is clearly in the minority with his “Breaking Bad” hatred. A record-breaking 10.3 million viewers seem to have been enrapt.
“Breaking Bad” producer Moira Walley-Beckett thinks Stone is just trying to ride the AMC show’s coattails and calls the director a “Super Douche” via Twitter.
Of course Stone is not the only one who simply didn’t get the show’s ending. Britney Spears thinks there should be an alternate version, in which Walter is revived by an ambulance. End scene.