Stone meets Bolivia's Morales for interview, coca
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — U.S. filmmaker Oliver Stone kicked a soccer ball and chewed coca leaves with Bolivia's leftist president Tuesday during an interview for a planned documentary.
Stone's meeting with President Evo Morales is likely fodder for the director's documentary on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a close ally of Morales.
Bolivian government photos showed Morales and Stone chewing coca and kicking a ball around the lawn of the presidential residence in La Paz.
(left) n this photo released by Bolivia's Presidency, Bolivia's President Evo Morales, left, and U.S. film director US film director Oliver Stone, right, share coca leaves during a meeting in La Paz, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009. (AP Photo/Bolivia's Presidency/Jose Luis Quintana)
Coca leaves are revered in Bolivia as a mild, traditional stimulant, but are better known abroad as the main ingredient in cocaine.
Chavez said last week that Stone asked him "100 questions" during an interview in Caracas this month.
Stone is an admirer of the leftist Chavez.