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US director making Chavez 'addendum', not feature

The late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez (L) and filmmaker Oliver Stone pictured in Caracas on May 28, 2010
The late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez (L) and filmmaker Oliver Stone pictured at the premiere of "South of the Border" in Caracas on May 28, 2010. Stone is not shooting a new movie about Chavez but an "addendum" using outtakes from an old film, an aide s

Oliver Stone is not shooting a new movie about Hugo Chavez but an "addendum" using outtakes from an old film, an aide said, clarifying remarks by the late Venezuelan leader's successor.

The US director and long-time Chavez fan is compiling footage not used in his 2009 documentary "South of the Border" into a follow-up short, to be released on the anniversary of Chavez's death next March, she told AFP on Tuesday.

The late Venezuelan leader's handpicked successor, President Nicolas Maduro, announced last month that Stone "is making a very beautiful film about our commander Hugo Chavez.

"We are eager for its debut on the big screen in Venezuela," he said, adding that one of Stone's producers informed him about the film while on an official trip in Paris.

Susie Arons, a spokeswoman, said Tuesday: "Just to clarify, Oliver Stone is not making a feature on Chavez.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pictured in Moscow on July 2, 2013
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pictured in Moscow on July 2, 2013. Maduro says filmmaker Oliver Stone soon will visit Venezuela for the premiere of a film project on "the history of American imperialism".

"He will be putting together footage of Chavez that was not used in his documentary 'South of the Border', for a short addendum to be released on the first anniversary of his death.

"It is not clear how the short extra will be distributed, but we will know later in the year," she added in an email to AFP.

Chavez led Venezuela for 14 years until he died on March 5 after a long battle with cancer at the age of 58. A retired army lieutenant colonel, he died five months after being re-elected to a third six-year term in office.

Stone, 66, frequently has praised the outspoken Chavez, whom he interviewed for the 2009 documentary, exploring Chavez's role in bottom-up change among allied nations in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Other leftist leaders interviewed in that film included Bolivia's Evo Morales and Ecuador's Rafael Correa.

Maduro said that Stone soon will visit Venezuela for the premiere of a film project on "the history of American imperialism".

The director, who describes his views as "progressive", is known for politically-angled films that some critics dismiss as tendentious. On his website he calls some of his films "at deep odds with conventional myth".

His movies include "Platoon" -- the first in his Vietnam trilogy -- "JFK", "Natural Born Killers" and "Nixon".

He also directed "W." -- an unflattering portrait of former US president George W. Bush -- and box office smashes "Wall Street" and "Scarface".

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