Megyn Kelly’s recent interview with Russian president Vladimir Putin did not go over well. The world leader walked over the former Fox News host and helped to make the debut episode of “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” a nearly unwatchable affair.
Director Oliver Stone (“Platoon,” “JFK”) made it through the interview — and has a thing or two to say about it now. Kelly may want to take notice, as Stone also interviewed Putin for a miniseries called “The Putin Interviews” that is set to begin airing on Showtime on June 12. The trailers thus far suggest the artist got more substance from his time with Putin than Kelly did with hers.
“I think she was attractive and she asked hardball questions, but she wasn’t in [a] position to debate or counter him, because she didn’t know a lot of things,” said Stone, according to the Associated Press.
NBC News President Noah Oppenheim bit back and said that “no one here is interested in Oliver Stone’s unsolicited thoughts on Megyn Kelly’s appearance or his ill-informed opinion of her journalism.”
Oppenheim added, “But so long as we’re offering each other professional feedback, please let him know I don’t think he’s made a decent movie since the early ’90s.”
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Since the early ’90s, Stone has directed critically acclaimed blockbusters such as “Any Given Day” and “World Trade Center.”
Stone said Kelly was mistaken in her information regarding supposed Russian hacking into the 2016 U.S. presidential election — a theory he has dismissed before.
Stone is a controversial figure, to be sure — he’s been accused of being far too kind to authoritarians and dictators in the past, but he is correct in saying Kelly was ill-prepared for her interview with Putin. There is little doubt his interview will put hers to shame, at least in part because it won’t take much effort to do so.
“It’s crucial for the United States to understand another point of view,” said Stone. “I’m interested in preventing a further deterioration in relations.”
Stone, however, did admit that he was not a journalist and may receive his own bit of criticism for his interview. “I’m a filmmaker, and I was taking a different approach.”