Five days ago an AP story reported that Carlos the real-life inmate has trashed Olivier Assayas‘ Carlos for having mocked his “revolutionary comrades.” He needs better information or he’s full of merde. The film treats each and every character with the same degree of shoulder-level fairness and honesty.
“The 60-year-old Venezuelan, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, was speaking by telephone to AFP from the French high security prison at Poissy, outside Paris, where he is serving a life term for a triple murder,” the story says.
“‘There have always been a lot of films and books about me, that have told a lot of bullshit about me,’ he said, explaining that this time he was protesting on behalf of ‘his comrades martyred in the revolution.’
Carlos will see Carlos “when it is broken up into a mini-series on French television station Canal Plus, but he has already seen extracts and his lawyer has threatened legal action to prevent its general release.
“‘I’ve read the screenplay, [and] there are deliberate falsifications of history, and lies,’ Carlos complained, speaking in a call to reporters visiting the office of his French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre.”