Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone called Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez a "great hero," according to a March 5 report from TheWrap.com. Chavez died Tuesday after a two-year battle with cancer.
Chavez was the subject of Stone’s 2009 documentary, “South of the Border,” which explored the media’s misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents. In a statement, Stone referred to Chavez as “my friend.”
''I mourn a great hero to the majority of his people and those who struggle throughout the world for a place," Stone posted on his Facebook page. "Hated by the entrenched classes, Hugo Chavez will live forever in history."
Stone concluded by saying, “My friend, rest finally in a peace long earned.”
Stone has won three Academy Awards, including two for Best Director (“Platoon,” “Born on the Fourth of July”). His third Oscar was for his screenplay, “Midnight Express,” the cinematic adaptation of the Billy Hayes and William Hoffer book of the same name.
Stone’s latest film, “Savages,” is now available to rent or own on Blu-ray.