Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon
Plot: A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.
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.
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.
Director Ron Howard admitted voting for Richard Nixon in the 1972-election.
Kevin Bacon said that the day Ron Howard called him about being cast in Frost/Nixon, Kevin Bacon had tickets to a production of the play for that very same night.
The pivotal scene where a drunken Nixon telephones Frost in the middle of the night (something that never took place in real life) was filmed in two adjacent sets with both actors on stage at the same time in order to bring a real sense of spontaneity to such a key scene.
Frank Langella - who had never played the piano before in his life - learned to play the instrument specifically for the scene where Nixon plays a song to his family and entourage.
To prepare for his role, Frank Langella visited the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California.
To signify that the David Frost character never stopped working, Michael Sheen was dressed perpetually in suits.
Based on the 2006 play of the same name by Peter Morgan, who also adapted the screenplay. Frank Langella and Michael Sheen also played the lead roles in the play.
Jonathan Aitken, one of Nixon's official biographers recalls that "Frost did not ambush Nixon during the final interview into a damaging admission of guilt. What the former president 'confessed' about Watergate was carefully pre-planned. It was only with considerable help and advice from his adversary's team that Frost managed to get much more out of Nixon, in the closing sequences, by reining in his fierce attitude and adopting a gentler approach."
Nixon received 20% of the profits from the interviews. This was omitted from the movies