Oliver Stone Speaks Candidly About Drugs: 'Grass Is God's Gift'

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Stone will direct an HBO film based on "The Power Broker," Robert A. Caro's book about Robert Moses, who reshaped the New York landscape. Stone will executive produce alongside Peter Guber and James Gandolfini. Nicholas Meyer ("Collateral Damage") is writing.

The director, who likens himself to Willie Nelson, reveals that he stays away from cocaine, but loves ecstasy.

Ask Oliver Stone about drugs and the answers are revealing.

“I’m like Willie Nelson,” the Savages director says in The Hollywood Reporter cover story. “I believe the grass is God’s gift."

The filmmaker that's brought Platoon, Wall Street and Born on the Fourth of July to the big screen shows just how much he knows and what he enjoys.

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"California makes the best in the world now. When I was a kid, it was Vietnamese, it was Thai, Jamaican for a while. All my life I’ve been doing it, off and on," he says. "I can stop marijuana. I can [go without it] for weeks and weeks. I’m not addicted, but I enjoy it. I also enjoy alcohol.”

As for heavy drugs, Stone is more nitpicky.

“Cocaine, I stay away from," he reveals. "But I believe in LSD, mescaline, mushrooms, ayahuasca. You ever heard of ayahuasca? It’s a very strong juice that comes from the rubber trees. Ecstasy is great, too.”

Savages, in theaters July 6, centers on two pot growers whose mutual girlfriend is kidnapped by a Mexican cartel. Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek and John Travolta star.