Oliver Stone Says Putin Had Cancer in Years He Shadowed Him for Project

American film director Oliver Stone said on Tuesday that Vladimir Putin has struggled with cancer during the time in which the filmmaker focused his work on the Russian president.

The Oscar-winning director told podcast interviewer Lex Fridman that Putin has overcome his cancer. “Remember this, Mr. Putin has had this cancer and I think he’s licked it,” he said without specifying the type of cancer the Russian president had.

The American director, who has been credited for films JFK, Scarface, and Platoon, had multiple interviews with Putin from 2015 to 2017 on topics that were not off-limits, the British radio station LBC reported on Saturday. Stone has not met Putin for 3 years, according to TDPel Media.

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