Moviemaker Oliver Stone has responded to Iranian critics who called him "part of the Great Satan" as they refused his official request to make a movie about President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The Doors director approached Iranian officials at the beginning of 2007 and revealed his plans to turn the life of the country's leader into a biopic.
However, with Iranian/American cultural relations at a new low thanks to the portrayal of Persians in films like 300 and Stone's Alexander, Middle Eastern film authorities have denied the filmmaker access to Iranian locations.
Responding to Stone's request, Ahmadinejad's media advisor has said: "While it is true that Oliver Stone is considered to be among the opposition in the US, the opposition is still part of the Great Satan."
The director is taking the snub in his stride, stating: "I've been called a lot of things, but never a Great Satan.
"I wish the Iranian people well and I only hope their experience with an inept, rigid idealogue president goes better than ours."