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Frost/Nixon (2008) Poster

(2008)

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The phone conversation at midnight between Frost and Nixon never actually happened. Screenwriter Peter Morgan got the inspiration from well-known phone calls at midnight, that Nixon did to some government members during the Watergate scandal.
Frank Langella admits that he usually enjoys playing cards, and joking around on movie sets, but felt it would compromise his character if he didn't remain Presidential on this set. While working on this movie, other cast and crew referred to him as "Mr. President." Langella suggests almost none of the crew ever met Frank Langella.
Frank Langella and Michael Sheen repeated the roles they created on stage. Ron Howard would only agree to direct if the studio would allow both actors to appear in the film version.
Even while off-camera, all of the actors would remain in character and continue the Frost/Nixon rivalry by bickering and making fun of each other.
Shot in 38 days.
Before Ron Howard was selected to direct this film, there was strong competition from other filmmakers, including Martin Scorsese, Mike Nichols, George Clooney, Sam Mendes, and Bennett Miller.
Ron Howard admitted regrettably voting for Richard Nixon in the 1972 election.
Frank Langella won a Tony Award in 2007 for playing Richard Nixon in the original stage production.
Kevin Bacon said that the day Ron Howard called him about being cast in Frost/Nixon, Kevin Bacon had tickets to a production of the play for that very same night.
The real David Frost was actually on set on the day that the climactic interview was shot. His presence didn't unsettle Michael Sheen.
Frank Langella stayed in character throughout the entire production. This naturally isolated him from most of the cast and crew who were overly deferential to him, something that the actor was pleased about, as it was an essential component of his character. On the last day of the last shot, Langella dropped the façade and shouted to everybody "Hello, everyone, I'm Frank!"
In 1977, the year of the actual David Frost and Richard Nixon interviews, Ron Howard was directing his first feature film, Grand Theft Auto (1977).
The Broadway production of "Frost/Nixon" by Peter Morgan opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater in New York City on April 22, 2007, ran for 137 performances and was nominated for the 2007 Tony Award for Best Play.
The pivotal scene where a drunken Nixon telephones Frost in the middle of the night (something that never took place in real-life) was filmed in two adjacent sets with both actors on stage at the same time in order to bring a real sense of spontaneity to such a key scene.
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While Richard Nixon was six years younger than his agent Swifty Lazar, Lazar is portrayed by Toby Jones, who is twenty-eight years younger than Nixon's portrayer, Frank Langella.
When Frost is on the phone talking about syndicating the interview, the television behind him shows the famous "Crying Indian" Public Service Announcement that aired during the 1970s.
When the play was scheduled to move to Broadway, Michael Sheen said to David Frost "Do you realize that I'll be playing David Frost for the next year?" To which Frost replied "So will I".
In an article called 'Stopping the Rot' in The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) on May 3, 2008, Ian Munro quoted James Reston, Jr., Frost's Watergate adviser: 'I was in army intelligence ... and the Mutt and Jeff, good cop-bad cop thing is usually two people, but Frost, he did both roles.'
Ron Howard described Frost/Nixon as being a thinking person's Rocky.
Frank Langella - who had never played the piano before in his life - learned to play the instrument specifically for the scene where Nixon plays a song to his family and entourage.
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The actual interviews were conducted at a house in Dana Point, California. Nixon's house in San Clemente was near a Coast Guard facility, which interfered with the television equipment.
Oliver Platt previously played Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner in the ESPN mini-series The Bronx Is Burning (2007). In 1974, Steinbrenner was convicted and suspended from baseball, due to illegal contributions made to Nixon's 1972 Re-Election Campaign.
One of several political films/politically themed pictures featuring actor Michael Sheen. The movies include The Deal (2003), The Queen (2006), Frost/Nixon (2008), The Special Relationship (2010), and Kill the Messenger (2014).
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Originally terrified at the prospect of portraying Richard Nixon, Frank Langella soon found himself becoming obsessed with playing the man.
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To signify that the David Frost character never stopped working, Michael Sheen was dressed perpetually in suits. The one exception is at the start of the film before Frost latched onto the Nixon interview idea when he is seen topless in bed.
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To prepare for his role, Frank Langella visited the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California.
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All the actors were encouraged to go out and do their own research. This usually meant meeting with the real people that they were portraying.
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Frank Langella is four inches taller than the man he portrays, Richard Nixon.
Ron Howard previously directed Kevin Bacon in Apollo 13 (1995). In that film, Bacon's character is granted an extension on his taxes by President Nixon.
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Had Mike Nichols directed Frost/Nixon, he would have directed a characterization of Diane Sawyer, to whom he would eventually be married.
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One of several movies where Kevin Bacon has played a character who has been first named "Jack". In Frost/Nixon (2008) (Jack Brennan), in My Dog Skip (2000) (Jack Morris), in Apollo 13 (1995) (Jack Swigert), in A Few Good Men (1992) (Jack Ross), in Quicksilver (1986) (Jack Casey), and in Friday the 13th (1980), Jack.
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For the second time, Frank Langella plays a role previously played by Lane Smith. Smith played Nixon in The Final Days (1989), and Daily Planet Editor Perry White in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993). Langella played Perry White in Superman Returns (2006).
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The piano piece you can hear in the movie is the "Richard Nixon Piano Concerto #1", written by the President himself, and is played by Frank Langella, who plays Nixon. A video footage of the actual Nixon, playing it on a television show, can be found on the Internet.
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The opening film of the 52nd London Film Festival.
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Ron Howard and Kevin Bacon became friends when they were making Apollo 13 (1995). Howard had been actively seeking the opportunity to cast Bacon in one of his subsequent films.
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Sir Anthony Hopkins for Nixon (1995) and Frank Langella for Frost/Nixon (2008) were Oscar nominated for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Academy Award, both for portraying former President Richard Nixon. Both actors failed to win the Best Actor Oscar for playing Nixon. Of the total four Oscar nominations garnered by Nixon (1995) and the five Oscar nominations garnered by Frost/Nixon (2008), both pictures were both only mutually Oscar nominated in one of the same categories which was for Best Actor. However, both were Oscar nominated for their scripts, Nixon (1995) for Best Original Screenplay and Frost/Nixon (2008) for Best Adapted Screenplay.
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Clint Howard, Jim Meskimen, and Rance Howard also appear in The Paper (1994) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), all films directed by Ron Howard.
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The film takes place in 1977.
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Max Elliott Slade: Man standing by the camera at around one hour and five minutes. First appearance in a film in over twelve years, though uncredited as the 'Smith crew'.
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