Loved the movie! Was particularly delighted by the portraits of all those wretched, cringing Stalinist apparatchiks– Malenkov and Molotov were especially perfect. We you inspired by Voinovich's "A Circle of Friends", or any other Russian literature?
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.
.@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?
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.
.@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?