Vladimir Putin is the subject of “The Putin Interviews,” Showtime’s new documentary series, where he sits down for a talk with “J.F.K.” director Oliver Stone.
This is a project Stone has been working on for two years, traveling to Moscow and Sochi more than a dozen times to speak with the Prime Minister of Russia. The trailer shows his most recent talk with Putin this past February, where he gets right down to brass tacks and asks the question every Hillary Clinton supporter wants him to ask: “Why did Russia hack the election?”
Putin simply responds with a chuckle.
Along with that, Showtime and Stone are promising a wide range of topics during the four-part series, including Putin discussing his relationship with and views on every U.S. President of the past quarter-century, as well as his thoughts on the legacies of Stalin, Gorbachev and Reagan. He will also talk about Russia’s aggressive tactics in Syria and Ukraine, as well as Edward Snowden’s flight to asylum in Moscow.
But perhaps the most surreal moment of Stone’s visit might be when he takes in a movie with Putin that the prime minister has never seen before: Stanley Kubrick’s cold war satire “Dr. Strangelove.”
“If Vladimir Putin is indeed the great enemy of the United States, then at least we should try to understand him,” Stone says in the trailer.
“The Putin Interviews” is produced by Fernando Sulichin, who previously worked with Stone on “The Untold History of the United States” and “Snowden.”
The series will run over four consecutive nights on Showtime, starting June 12.