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Frank Langella
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Frank Langella

Frank Langella talks about the challenge of making the character of Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon more than just a caricature, and whether it was easier to develop his performance as such a pivotal American figure for English audiences than it would have been in the U.S.; remembers a man unknown to him (who turned out to be Edward Albee) approaching him at a bar and asking to take on what became his Tony-winning role in Seascape; explains how he was determined to escape the typecasting the plagued Bela Lugosi when he played Dracula; reflects why he's been drawn multiple times to the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Cyrano de Bergerac; recalls how he worked with Arthur Miller to make significant cuts in After The Fall; declares that he's looking forward to directing more in the future, but will never again be a producer; and asks for someone to write him a role in a Broadway musical.

Original air date - May 18, 2007
Running Time - 47:57

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