EXCLUSIVE: How Rupert Friend was cast in The Death of Stalin

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By: Cherry (@awisecherryblossomstudent)

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Yesterday in London I met with Armando Iannucci, director of The Death of Stalin, who was signing copies of the graphic novel which inspired the film, along with co-writers David Schneider and Peter Fellows. I asked how Rupert was cast, saying what a revelation his comedic turn had been. Iannucci explained that someone had mentioned Rupert to him, and, so he’d watched Rupes on several chat shows where he’d been really funny. (Wonder which ones they were…) All three writers warmly praised Rupert’s acting, although Peter jokingly declared that Rupes had actually been drunk. ‘As part of his method acting?’ I asked. ‘No, he was just drunk!’ replied Peter (jokingly, I believe!). 

Bad news: the Stateside release is still set to be March 9th.