An invite to a sneak preview that never was for Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb with Kubrick’s own handwriting. With special thanks to Will McCrabb for sharing this shocking piece of history.
Peter Sellers and Stanley Kubrick on the set of Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964, dir. Stanley Kubrick) (via The Stanley Kubrick Archives)
“I love Peter. I think he’s a great actor, but I am never any good on this sort of thing. I’m terribly inhibited about discussing an artist like Peter, but I’ll cautiously torture out a statement – I’m peculiar about this, but it’s a very personal relationship you have with an actor.
He’s the hardest worker I know. I’d come into the [Dr. Strangelove] studio at seven o’clock in the morning and there would be Peter Sellers. Waiting, ready. Full of ideas. When you are inspired and professionally accomplished as Peter, the only limit to the importance of your work is your willingness to take chances. I believe Peter will take the most incredible chances with a characterization, and he is receptive to comic ideas most of his contemporaries would think unfunny and meaningless. This has, in my view, made his best work absolutely unique and important.”
-Kubrick on Sellers, in a statement he wrote for Sellers biographer Peter Evans (Peter Sellers: The Mask Behind the Mask)