Friday, February 1, 2013

Let's cut the bullshit

Are people coming to their senses? Weird.
Apparently, via The Carpetbagger, Martin Sheen takes a different turn on his Zero Dark Thirty's view. It reads, "Martin Sheen, No Longer a 'Zero Dark Thirty' Opponent":
But speaking by telephone Wednesday, Mr. Sheen said that through his own mistake, the actors David Clennon and Ed Asner had included Mr. Sheen in their opposition to what they saw as the film’s tolerance of torture. “It’s my own fault,” said Mr. Sheen, who explained that he had agreed to a statement about the film without fully understanding that it would condemn the movie, rather than simply condemning torture.
Kathryn Bigelow, who directed “Zero Dark Thirty,” and Mark Boal, who wrote it, became aware of Mr. Sheen’s admiration for the movie when he spoke with them recently by telephone, after receiving a handwritten letter from him at the Golden Globes ceremony on Jan. 13, Mr. Boal said on Tuesday. 
Speaking separately, Mr. Sheen said he shared Ms. Bigelow’s expressed opposition to the use of torture, and said that the film had “done great, great service to the issue” by bringing it to the fore. Mr. Sheen said he had watched the movie weeks ago and “was very moved and troubled by it.” The misunderstanding with Mr. Clennon, he added, occurred only because Mr. Sheen had failed to speak with him personally about the “Zero Dark Thirty” controversy, relying instead on communication through an assistant.
I like Zero Dark Thirty even more these days. You know, here’s the thing why this is so interesting: when the credits were rolling, I was commenting the film with my film partner and she said that yes, it was a really interesting film, intriguing take, but then she said she was one of the people that still believes that they never found Bin Laden, she still believes in this possibility. And then there are many other things to be considered, there are these amount of layers to the story that goes back along way into the American history with terrorism and on top of that the relation with the oil countries.  About being Bin Laden or not, I really can’t say anything else but this: it is possible. It’s a possibility. Like the question, did they really land on the moon? But most of the people who questioned that, including in films, weren't investigated by the Senate, were they?
What I can say with certainty is that this film is about a number of things, especially, about American history. And this is always a messy messy world, the United States’ politics. Not only it’s a messy messy problem in itself, but then people start talking about it with little clue of the history involved and then the bullshit comes on top of the mess, you see the cycle? I’m not saying Martin Sheen has no clue about American history, but he’s one in one hundred, and if he argues like he did before coming and saying he made a mistake, imagine the ones who don’t know much. It’s messy.

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