'Veep' creator: I could never reach 'giddy heights' of Trump

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'Veep' creator: I could never reach 'giddy heights' of Trump
Director Armando Iannucci attends the premiere of IFC Films' "The Death of Stalin" at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on Thursday, March 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)

TORONTO (AP) — “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci says his latest film about political intrigue after the death of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin will resonate in the era of Donald Trump.

Iannucci says he wanted to connect the consequences of decisions by those jockeying for control of the Kremlin on regular people. Iannucci says that’s why his film mixes comedy with scenes showing people being hauled off, never to be seen again, or outright murdered.

He says the corrupting influence of power is something that cannot be ignored in the United States. Iannucci says people must always be vigilant about democracy, otherwise “it can go wrong.”

“The Death of Stalin” is in theaters Friday. It stars Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor and Simon Russell Beale.