Oliver Stone: Chavez Represents 'The Things Obama Stood For In Our Country In 2008' "I found him to be a magnanimous, warm, warm man, a big man," Director Oliver Stone said of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez today on CNN. "We've kept in touch over the years," Stone confirmed. Stone slammed the media for not reporting the good things that have happened under Chavez's time in power and said that was the primary reason the documentary was made. "You have no idea how bad it was before him... People were fed up. He represents hope and change, the things that Obama stood for in our country in 2008," Stone concluded.