Was it easy to find a producer and distributor for this project? Stanley Kubrick: No. Actually, we’d had many offers from producers since The Killing, but they all wanted big changes in the screenplay, and in particular, they wanted us to introduce a love story that would have dominated the plot. That was when Kirk Douglas stepped in. He loved the script, and was determined to play the main role. Once we had him on board, everything became much easier. And United Artists agreed to do it.