Nixon Returns! Now who should play him?

95510__frank_lThanks to Ron Howard and playwright Peter Morgan, you will have Nixon to kick around a little more. Howard just optioned Morgan’s hit London play Frost/Nixon (about British broadcaster David Frost’s 1977 interviews with the ex-president), which stars Frank Langella (pictured) as Nixon and Michael Sheen as Frost.

All of which raises the question: Who oughta be the new Dick? We’ve seen so many different shades of Nixon over the years, including Anthony Hopkins, Dan Hedaya, Beau Bridges, Dan Aykroyd, Christina Ricci, Philip Baker Hall (in Robert Altman’s terrific, barely-known Secret Honor), and somebody named Dr. Jurgen Fauth in something called Ultrachrist! Who can bring nuance, depth, and sympathy to a character who remains, to most of us, a rubber mask and a bad party impression?

I say give it to the Langellator. (Hey, ol’ Frank even made Dave feel politically credible.) Or the actual, historical Skeletor, who I hear is now retired in Teaneck.

So: Has anyone seen Frost/Nixon? Gimme the skinny. And tell me who you think oughta play The Trickster.

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Comments (12 total) Add your comment
  • Jakeem

    Well, I would think Gregory Itzin deserves a shot after his acclaimed portrayal of a Nixonian president in Season 5 of “24.”

  • john

    The guy from “Dick” with Kirsten Dunst was hilarious. That guys rules. What’s his name again??

  • mike

    I’m old enough to remember the interviews. It should be a comedy. It should star Dan Ackroyd as Nixon and Eric Idle as Frost.

  • gretchen

    Darn! I’m now in London for Grad School and wish I’d known about this play sooner. LOVE Langella! I just called theater and the run is completely sold out. Guess the Brits love him too. I vote for him to reprise role in the film version! (But ooh, Itzin’s also a good pick!)

  • Sunny

    mike, that would be Dan Hedaya. Dick is a fantastic movie!

  • mike

    I was referring to a classic SNL sketch spoofing the interveiws. They could do worse than those two.

  • yawn

    Dan Ackroyd, hands down, in a serious role.

  • Sunny

    I’m an idiot, I meant to reply to ‘john’s inquiry. My apologies :)

  • Jakeem

    It’s spelled A-Y-K-R-O-Y-D!

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  • duncan

    Gary Oldman is top on their list.

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