Frost/Nixon (2008) Poster



Oliver Platt previously played Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner in the ESPN mini series The Bronx Is Burning. In 1974, Steinbrenner was convicted and suspended from baseball due to illegal contributions made to Nixon's 1972 Re-Election Campaign.
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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.
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 Watergate.
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.
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.
Both Frank Langella and Michael Sheen repeat 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.
Frank Langella won a Tony Award in 2007 for playing Richard Nixon in the original stage production.
Shot in 38 days.
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).
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.'
Director Ron Howard admitted voting for Richard Nixon in the 1972-election.
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 we can see that the television behind him is showing the famous "Crying Indian" Public Service Announcement that aired all through the 1970s.
The Broadway production of "Frost/Nixon" by Peter Morgan opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater in New York on April 22, 2007, ran for 137 performances and was nominated for the 2007 Tony Award for Best Play.
The actual interviews were conducted at a home in Dana Point, California. This was because Nixon's house in San Clemente was too near a Coast Guard facility that caused interference to the TV equipment.
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).
Frank Langella is four inches taller than the man he portrays, Richard Nixon.


Max Elliott Slade:  Man standing by camera at around 1h 5mins. First appearance in a film in over 12 years, though uncredited as the 'Smith crew'.

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