Ron Howard and Brian Grazer Break Down 'Frost/Nixon'
With the best per-screen-average of any film released in 2008, audiences are hungry for the real story of what went on behind the scenes of the 'Frost/Nixon' interviews. Now, Academy Award-winning director and producer team Ron Howard and Brian Grazer reveal their take on this pivotal moment in political and television history.
"It's one of those stories where you think you know something about it, and it turns out as you delve into it [that] it's so much more complicated, so much more entertaining," Howard says. "There's more at stake emotionally than you ever could have imagined."
In select theaters now, 'Frost/Nixon' is based on Peter Morgan's dramatic stage play that recreates the compelling 1977 TV interviews between British talk-show host David Frost (Michael Sheen) and former president Richard Nixon (Frank Langella), just a few years after his resignation amid the Watergate scandal. That summer, their interviews attracted the largest audience for a news program in the history of American TV with more than 45 million viewers.
"It's less about politics and more about kind of an intellectual boxing match," says Grazer. "The lens is a magnifier, or an intensifier. In some ways, it's a reflection on how our presidential campaign, even with Barack Obama and McCain, worked."
Speaking of Frost/Nixon...UNIVERSAL PICTURES' 'FROST/NIXON' OPENS TO THE BEST PER-SCREEN
Here's a Press Release from MarketWatch.com:
"Frost/Nixon", Universal Pictures' new electrifying drama, directed by Academy Award(R) winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man) and starring Frank Langella and Michael Sheen, had a remarkable first weekend at the domestic box office, it was announced today. Over the weekend, the film accumulated $180,708 from just three locations in New York City, Los Angeles and Toronto, for a per- screen average of $60,236. This figure gives "Frost/Nixon" the biggest per- screen debut of any film released in 2008.
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Matthew Macfadyen's Frost/Nixon film opened last Friday (December 5th) and is currently showing in select theaters and will be showing everywhere Christmas Day (December 25th).