Frost and Nixon


Yesterday, we all said “Goodbye, Goodnight and Bon Voyage” to David Frost – so ubiquitous a presence in so many of our lives that some of us vaguely assumed that since he had always been, he could never not be.

Most of the American media, obviously, focus on the 1977 Nixon interviews as the pinnacle of his career.  And they are probably right to do so.  I then reconsidered Peter Morgan’s play on the same topic and thought again about the original interviews.

Michael Sheen’s way of inhabiting David Frost is perfect.  Just perfect.  He inhabits the man as surely as he inhabited Brian Clough or Tony Blair – you’re not aware of an impersonation, you simply feel in the presence of the man.  Frank Langella’s Nixon is almost equally impressive, but rather less convincing when viewed alongside the originally interviews.  Langella’s is a sluggish, rather shambolic Nixon…

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