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Those interested in seeing Oliver Stone’s string of interviews with Vladimir Putin won’t have to wait long. Showtime announced Monday that the network has secured the rights to the project and will air it over for consecutive nights later this spring.
As he previously announced, the Oscar-winning filmmaker met with the controversial figure on four separate occasions earlier this year. It’s a coup for both Stone and Showtime, as nearly all news outlets have been trying to get an interview with Putin in the wake of Russia’s hacking during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
“If Vladimir Putin is indeed the great enemy of the United States, then at least we should try to understand him,” Stone said.
It’s not the first time the filmmaker has sat down with a world leader in front of a camera. Personal interviews for documentaries Comandante: Looking for Fidel, Persona Non Grata and South of the Border saw Stone meet with the likes of Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez and Benjamin Netanyahu, among others. Stone previously told The Sydney Morning Herald about his interviews: “It’s not a documentary as much as a question-and-answer session. Mr. Putin is one of the most important leaders in the world, and insofar as the United States has declared him an enemy — a great enemy — I think it’s very important we hear what he has to say.”
It’s another big documentary get for Showtime. The pay cabler, which recently acquired Laura Poitras‘ Julian Assange doc Risk and Whitney Houston project Whitney: Can I Be Me, has been particularly aggressive in the space over the last two years.
The Putin Interviews will premiere Monday, June 12, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. It will run for three more hours over the following nights.
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Melvin Van Peebles