Oliver Stone has never been one to shy away from a good conspiracy theory, even one involving Pokemon Go.
The director of JFK, was promoting his new film Snowden at San Diego Comic-Con, when he brought up security concerns associated with the new game.
The mention prompted laughter from the audience, much to the dismay of Stone.
“It’s not really funny. What’s happening is a new level of invasion,” the director said, Time Magazine reported. “The profits are enormous here for places like Google. They’ve invested a huge amount of money in data mining—what you are buying, what you like, your behavior. It’s what some people call surveillance capitalism.”
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Stone continued by saying the use of personal data will allow companies to manipulate our behavior.
“That is what they call totalitarianism.”
The Oscar-winning director (Platoon) told the audience he had trouble finding funding for his latest project which is about Edward Snowden, the former NSA staffer-turned-whistleblower.
Stone didn’t blame the spy agency for his film’s lack of funding but described the issue as self-censorship.
“It was turned down by every major studio. The script was good, the budget was good, the cast was good,” the director said. “We call it self-censorship. I don’t think there was an enemy like the NSA lurking in the background. It was self-censorship.”
He shopped the movie abroad and found funding in Germany and France.