While “Dr. Strangelove” was in production, the studio began to move away from the project. Kubrick confronts producer Mo Rothman about not appearing on set in a heated phone call, co-screenwriter Terry Southern claims in his essay “Notes from the War Room.” Rothman told the director that he was busy with another “unpleasant” project called “Strangelove”.
Kubrick tried to mend his relationship with Rothman by buying him a luxury golf cart, but to no avail: the manufacturer refused to accept the gift. “He said it was going to be ‘bad form,'” Kubrick told Southern. “” Bad form! “” exclaimed the director. “Can you imagine Mo Rothman saying that? His secretary must have taught him that phrase!”
According to Rothman, the legendary filmmaker also targeted Columbia’s marketing heads, who, according to Rothman, “are having a hard time figuring out how to promote a comedy about planetary destruction. .” The same division later attempted to separate Columbia from “Dr. Strangelove” by describing the film as “a strange novelty film that does not reflect the views of the corporation in any way.” The production company would change their tune years later when the Library of Congress selected “Dr. Strangelove” as one of the fifty greatest American films of all time – “in a ceremony that I recorded Rothman’s outstanding attendance,” commented Southern.
It may take a while, but luckily for us, Columbia has learned to stop worrying and love the movie.
https://www.slashfilm.com/969711/dr-strangeloves-release-led-to-a-scrap-between-stanley-kubrick-and-studio-execs/ Strangelove’s release led to a mess between Stanley Kubrick and the Studio executors