Oliver Stone's son converts to Islam in Iran

Oliver Stone's son converts to Islam in Iran

TEHRAN - Agence France-Presse
Oliver Stones son converts to Islam in Iran

A September 8, 2011 file photo shows US documentary maker Sean Stone following a press conference in Tehran. AFP photo

US filmmaker Sean Stone, son of Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, converted to Islam on Tuesday in Iran, where he is making a documentary, he told AFP.

"The conversion to Islam is not abandoning Christianity or Judaism, which I was born with. It means I have accepted Mohammad and other prophets," he said in a brief telephone call from the central Iranian city of Isfahan, where he underwent the ceremony.

Sean Stone's famous father is Jewish, while his mother is Christian.

The 27-year-old filmmaker did not say why he converted.

According to Iran's Fars news agency, Sean Stone had become a Shiite and had chosen to be known by the Muslim first name Ali.

Sean/Ali Stone has acted in minor roles in several of his father's films, and has directed a handful of documentaries.

Oliver Stone is best known in Turkey for his 1978 movie Midnight Express that follows the story of a smuggler caught and sent to prison in Turkey, where he has to endure harsh horrible conditions of a Turkish prison. The movie caused a bitter reaction for its portrayal of Turks and Oliver Stone, who wrote the script adaptation, apologized for it after decades.