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    Going to be doing a Twitter Q and A in 20 mins for release on @iTunes . All welcome

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    Rejoice, comrade! @Death_of_Stalin is available on @iTunes starting tomorrow! To celebrate this momentous occasion, filmmaker @Aiannucci will conduct a Twitter Q&A at 9am PST! apple.co/deathofstalin

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    Armando Iannucci

    Don’t know the ‘Circle of Friends’ but definitely ‘The Government Inspector’ and ‘Darkness at Noon.’

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    The spoiler alert’s in the title. I cast early, as we were writing the second and third draft, so we knew who we were writing for. Also we rehearse early with the cast as we’re writing. That way, each part is moulded round the actor.

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    .@Aiannucci Appreciate the spoiler alert. 😉
    From Steve Buscemi and Simon Russell Beale, to Andrea Riseborough and Jason Isaacs (@jasonsfolly), the movie has an incredible cast. Did you have these actors in mind when writing the script? What was the casting process like?

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    I did have Simon Russell Beale in mind from the start as Beria , the dark source of terror that runs all the way through.

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    .@Aiannucci Appreciate the spoiler alert. 😉
    From Steve Buscemi and Simon Russell Beale, to Andrea Riseborough and Jason Isaacs (@jasonsfolly), the movie has an incredible cast. Did you have these actors in mind when writing the script? What was the casting process like?

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    Always show what feels true. You can’t make something funny just by adding a gag; the comedy has to arise out of the situation. If the story is absurd, play it for real. The more true it feels, the more absurd and funnier it becomes.

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    .@Aiannucci SRB is a riot.
    Many know you as the creator of the hit series @VeepHBO. In both the show and now in #TheDeathOfStalin, you manage to masterfully conjure humor from some relatively bleak places. What would you say is the secret to cracking this balancing act approach?

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    A little. I encourage it during the rehearsal process. Less of it as we shoot, ( it’s difficult to improvise with a thousand mourners) but we try to feed what came up in rehearsals into the shooting script.

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    .@Aiannucci Wise words of wisdom. You nailed it.
    Speaking of @VeepHBO, we’ve heard that when you were running the show, you were open to some actor improvisation. Was that the case on the set of #TheDeathOfStalin?

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    Armando Iannucci

    Death of Khrushchev. Death of Brezhnev. Etc etc. It’s the ‘Death of..’ Universe

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    Armando Iannucci

    Quad, the French producers, sent it to me. It’s as simple as that. They said ‘you should make this.’ I read it and instantly said ‘yes!’ It couldn’t have been a faster or smoother process.

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    .@Aiannucci That's understandable. Plus, it all plays so natural thanks to the all-star lineup of actors here.
    The movie is based on the French graphic novel ‘La mort de Staline.’ How did you stumble upon it?

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    Armando Iannucci

    I rewatched Chaplin’s ‘The Great Dictator’ which he made in 1941 which is very funny but also doesn’t hide Hitler’s anti-semitism or what the Nazis represented .

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    .@Aiannucci Well we're glad it ended up in your hands!
    Any other books, movies or works that inspired the making of the movie?

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