If the Venezuelans are looking for high-powered pallbearers to carry a tyrant to his final resting place, filmmakers Michael Moore and Oliver Stone and actor Sean â€˜Harvey Milkâ€™ Penn would probably be anxious to do the honors.
Moore, Stone, and Penn have made millions from the type of capitalistic box office competition â€˜Dead Man Walkingâ€™ Hugo ChÃ¡vez decried.Â Yet, after hearing about ChÃ¡vezâ€™s passing, Oliver Stoneâ€™s reaction was â€œI mourn a great hero.â€
Stone first met ChÃ¡vez in December of 2007. Then in 2009, he defended the dictator inÂ South of the Border, a documentary that explored political and social changes in South America.Â The film was an attempt to portray Hugo ChÃ¡vez as something other than the â€œstrongmanâ€¦buffoonâ€¦clownâ€ that he was.
Hearing of Hugoâ€™s demise, Oliver Stone, whose net worth isÂ $50 million, said â€œI mourn a great hero to the majority of his people and those who struggle throughout the world for a place. Hated by the entrenched classes, Hugo ChÃ¡vez will live forever in history.â€Â Bidding adieu, the fact-challenged filmmaker added, â€œMy friend, rest finally in a peace long earned.â€