Oliver Stone’s Vladimir Putin Interview Included a Dr. Strangelove Movie Date

Peter Sellers and George C. Scott.

Oliver Stone’s interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin isn’t just talking heads. According to the Washington Post, Stone was working on The Putin Interviews, a documentary that will air next month on Showtime, when the Snowden filmmaker screened Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. The 1964 political satire, which Putin had never seen, is a comedy about nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union. If you’re wondering if Vlad, a former KGB officer, found Peter Sellers and George C. Scott to be a laugh riot like the AFI does (and really most movie buffs of discerning taste), the Putin Interviews will include a segment of the two watching the cinematic classic together.

While Stone made a name for himself with features like Platoon and Nixon, as a documentarian he previously interviewed two other world leaders with adversarial relations with the United States, Cuban president Fidel Castro and Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez. The four-hour taped interview covers Putin’s relationship with various American politicians. It is scheduled to air over four consecutive nights starting June 12.

Oliver Stone Watched Dr. Strangelove With Vladimir Putin