Matt. 24. Cinephile. Nerd. Random Thoughts and Obsessions.
Peter Sellers captures Stanley Kubrick and George C. Scott mid-chess game behind the scenes of Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, 1964.
George C. Scott and Stanley Kubrick playing chess on the set of Dr. Strangelove. Scott had an extremely volatile personality (he was renowned for bar brawls and heavy drinking) and Kubrick played chess with him between takes in order to ”tame him”. James Earl Jones said it was a way for Kubrick to prove himself to Scott, who fancied himself as a good chess player. Scott lost the first game to Kubrick. From there on Scott respected Kubrick and his vision.
Stanley Kurbrick’s fondness for a “little game” of chess was matched by George C. Scott on the set of Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, 1964. It was as important not to disturb the chessboard as it was the set itself.