George Soros: Contrary to all rational expectations, a group of citizens armed with not much more than sticks and shields made of cardboard boxes and metal garbage can lids overwhelmed a police force firing live ammunition.
James Franco: Oh, that would also be very cinematic.
Soros: I am. Indeed.
Franco: So that’s how that came about. They put the poem at the center.
Soros: That led to the current arrangements, which confirm my worst fears.
Franco: This is my chance. Where should I go?
Soros: Failure to control the people is a sign of weakness.
Franco: Yeah. You’re assigned a new teacher every semester.
Soros: This is a victory for Orwellian newspeak. The new order is not all that different from the old one, but the fact that it is open to the outside world is a definite improvement, an important element in its stability. It’s the nightmare I’ve been talking about.
Franco: (laughs) That’s a weird story.
Soros: It would be a mistake to conclude that this revolution is doomed to suffer the same fate.
Franco: It was its own thing, so it was almost like translating it into a different new language.
Soros: That is no mean feat. If this were done on a large-enough scale it would destroy the hostile stereotype that stands in the way of the successful integration of the Roma.
Franco: Everything turned out okay, but it could have been better.
Soros: It was a veritable miracle.