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With the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy less than three weeks away, on Monday evening "Piers Morgan Live" invited Oliver Stone to share his unique insight and perspective as part of a live, primetime interview.
A legendary film director and screenwriter with nine Academy Awards to his credit, Stone directed, wrote, and produced the 1991 political thriller "JFK." His movie unearths the conspiracy theory of the details behind the late president’s assassination plot. This controversial movie was nominated for eight different Academy Awards and won two for best film editing and best cinematography.
When Stone sat down with Piers Morgan Monday, the pair delved into the director's convictions behind what he believes to be a massive national cover up, and one which he feels there's evidence to contradict.
“What makes you so convinced that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone,” Morgan asked.
“Most of the witnesses saw a huge exit wound on the back of his right skull, huge," Stone noted. "They described the cerebellum falling through the skull in the Parkland Hospital.”
Stone continued to unveil facts discounting commonly accepted accounts of the 1963 incident:
"Later on, when he gets to Bethesda and the illegal autopsy was done, controlled by the military, the back of the head is re-patched.”
Morgan wondered aloud if we will ever know the truth.
"People are digging all the time,” said Stone.
Check out Stone's projects: “Untold History of the United States,” a 10-episode series which has been newly released on Blu-ray, and his masterpiece film, “JFK,” which has been re-released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy.
Always outspoken and opinionated, with a healthy dose of skepticism towards the government, on Monday night Piers Morgan invited Oliver Stone to offer his thoughts on the NSA's data-mining accusations, as well as a new PSA he appears in which denounces the government's surveillance on its own people.
“If you were president of the United States, how far would you allow the NSA to do their work," asked Morgan. "Where you would draw the line?”
“It’s a line you cannot cross, and we’ve crossed it,” said Stone. “You can't sell this idea that we're protecting you against the terrorists ... the terrorists are a small group of people, and we have bugged the whole world.”
On Monday, Piers Morgan invited the "impossibly cool” clothing designer and author John Varvatos to talk rock, fashion, and the USA. A native of the city of Detroit, and an astute businessman, Morgan asked Varvatos about America’s economic woes and what could be done to stimulate the city’s rebirth.
“I think a lot of people are thinking about ‘Made in America’ today. And it’s not just from a political standpoint. It’s from the heart,” said Varvatos, who himself was involved in helping Chrysler design a limited edition automobile, and who is an advocate for the city. “And so for me, that's a big part of it as well, as being ... involved with the city ... it's an emotional thing,” he added.
Turning towards less serious subjects, Varvatos, the designer most associated with rocker-chic and author of a new booked aptly titled “Rock in Fashion,” was asked to open up about his fashion roots and musical muses.
“Who was the coolest rock icon it terms of music, fashion,” Morgan wanted to know.
For Varvatos, it was Jimi Hendrix:
“First of all, musically, he shattered everything that was out there at the time,” said Varvatos. “When he came on, all of the great artists, whether it was the Beatles or Eric Clapton ... they were all afraid of Jimi Hendrix because he was so powerful musically. Nothing sounded sonically like that ever before, and he had the style about himself that was so different than everybody else, and so cool. And I still look at that style and I'm still influenced by him.”
Watch the clip, and pick up a copy of “Rock in Fashion” for more on John Varvatos.