Oliver Stone: My Brilliant Career

Three phones were constantly ringing, two dogs were underfoot, and one two- year-old son was scooting around the toy-strewn rooms of Oliver Stone's French country-style Santa Monica house. The writer-director, who seems capable of doing several things at once, was able to talk to TIME Correspondent Denise Worrell about his pre-Platoon movies and that peculiar state of mind called Hollywood. His comments:

My script for Midnight Express in 1978 developed into a real dark-horse success. It got me an Oscar ((in 1979)), which stunned me. I was 32. All of a sudden I went from being nobody for ten years --...

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