The movie was supposed to be a drama. Columbia Pictures optioned the book, and Kubrick began translating the bulk of the novel into a script.
Ace Owens, the co-pilot of the B Peter Sellers's multiple roles[ edit ] Columbia Pictures agreed to finance the film if Peter Sellers played at least four major roles.
The condition stemmed from the studio's opinion that much of the success of Kubrick's previous film Lolita was based on Sellers's performance in which his single character assumes a number of identities.
Sellers had also played three roles in The Mouse That Roared Kubrick accepted the demand, later explaining that "such crass and grotesque stipulations are the sine qua non of the motion-picture business".
Strangelove Sellers ended up playing three of the four roles written for him. He had been expected to play Drstrangelove satire essay Force Major T. He felt his workload was too heavy, and he worried he would not properly portray the character's Texas accent.
Kubrick pleaded with him, and he asked the screenwriter Terry Southern who had been raised in Texas to record a tape with Kong's lines spoken in the correct accent. Using Southern's tape, Sellers managed to get the accent right, and he started acting in the scenes in the aircraft, but then Sellers sprained his ankle and he could not work in the cramped cockpit set.
Sellers drew inspiration for the role from Adlai Stevenson a former Illinois governor who was the Democratic candidate for the and presidential elections and the U.
In early takes, Sellers faked cold symptoms to emphasize the character's apparent weakness. That caused frequent laughter among the film crew, ruining several takes. Kubrick ultimately found this comic portrayal inappropriate, feeling that Muffley should be a serious character.
In keeping with Kubrick's satirical character names, a " merkin " is a pubic hair wig. The president is bald, and his last name is "Muffley"; both are additional homages to a merkin.
Strangelove[ edit ] Dr. When General Turgidson wonders aloud what kind of name "Strangelove" is, saying to Mr. Strangelove did not appear in the book Red Alert.
It was always Wernher von Braun. Strangelove, he was an unknown academic. Sellers's Strangelove takes from Rotwang the single black gloved hand which, in Rotwang's case is mechanical, because of a lab accidentthe wild hair and, most importantly, his ability to avoid being controlled by political power.
Strangelove's lapse into the Nazi saluteborrowing one of Kubrick's black leather gloves for the uncontrollable hand that makes the gesture.
Strangelove apparently suffers from alien hand syndrome. Kubrick wore the gloves on the set to avoid being burned when handling hot lights, and Sellers, recognizing the potential connection to Lang's work, found them to be menacing.
Slim Pickensan established character actor and veteran of many Western films, was eventually chosen to replace Sellers as Major Kong after Sellers' injury. Terry Southern's biographer, Lee Hill, said the part was originally written with John Wayne in mind, and that Wayne was offered the role after Sellers was injured, but he immediately turned it down.
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