I don’t know about you, but this just seems like controversy for the sake of controversy. I think American audiences will allow him to trash an unpopular US president, like many will argue he did with W, but rehabilitating Hitler’s image is probably pushing it. Also, I’m impressed that Secret History of America even got off the ground, considering how many Jewish people there are in the industry.
From The Guardian:
“Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and it’s been used cheaply,” [Stone] said. Then he mentioned the S word. “Stalin has a complete other story. Not to paint him as a hero, but to tell a more factual representation. He fought the German war machine more than any person.”
I want to give Stone the benefit of the doubt and assume that he won’t paint Hitler in a favorable light, but on the other hand, what’s the point of making this kind of film if you’re not going to deliver something shocking?