The Cigar Man is inspired by General Ripper in Stanley Kubrick’s classic film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
General Ripper is a deranged lunatic who has a bizarre theory that occured to him mid-coitus that there is a Communist theory that intends to “sap and impurify” the “precious bodily fluids” of the American people through fluoridated water. Clearly, sexually frustrated and impotent, General Ripper uses the prospect of nuclear war with the Soviets to redeem his sense of potent manhood.
Kubrick was a brilliant director who had a talent for getting in the head of his audience. He had a particular ability for finding comedy in our greatest fears. Kubrick proved that there is no subject so serious that it cannot be satirized, but even still I don’t know that I can ever look at flouridated water the same way again.
Stanley Kubrick is one of my favorite directors and I did this piece in honor of him. Here’s a little life imitating art…. imitating life… imitating art…. Jay Zuck the Cigar Man!