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The Frost/Nixon Movie Filmmakers

Introduction

Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Ron Howard (Directed by/Produced by) is one of this generation’s most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood’s most memorable films. Most recently, he directed the big-screen adaptation of the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code, starring Oscar® winner Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Sir Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Jean Reno and Paul Bettany. Prior to The Da Vinci Code, Howard directed and produced Cinderella Man starring Russell Crowe, with whom he previously collaborated on A Beautiful Mind, for which Howard earned an Oscar® for Best Director and which also won awards for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. The film garnered four Golden Globes as well, including the award for Best Motion Picture Drama. Additionally, Howard won Best Director of the Year from the Directors Guild of America (DGA).

Howard and producer Brian Grazer received the first annual Awareness Award from the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign for their work on the film.

Howard’s skill as a director has long been recognized. In 1995, he received his first Best Director of the Year award from the DGA for Apollo 13. The true-life drama also garnered nine Academy Award® nominations, winning Oscars® for Best Film Editing and Best Sound. It also received Best Ensemble Cast and Best Supporting Actor awards from the Screen Actors Guild. Many of Howard’s past films have received nods from the Academy, including the popular hits BackdraftParenthood and Cocoon, the last of which took home two Oscars®. Howard was honored by the Museum of the Moving Image in December 2005, and by the American Cinema Editors in February 2006.

Howard’s portfolio includes some of the most popular films of the past 20 years. In 1991, Howard created the acclaimed drama Backdraft, starring Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell and William Baldwin. He followed it with the historical epic Far and Away, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Howard directed Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Gary Sinise and Delroy Lindo in the 1996 suspense thriller Ransom. He worked with Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Ed Harris, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise and Kathleen Quinlan on Apollo 13, which was re-released recently in the IMAX format. Howard’s other films include the blockbuster Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey; Parenthood, starring Steve Martin; the fantasy epic WillowNight Shift, starring Henry Winkler, Michael Keaton and Shelley Long; and the suspenseful western The Missing, starring Oscar® winners Cate Blachett and Tommy Lee Jones.

Howard has also served as an executive producer on a number of award-winning films and television shows, such as the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon and Fox’s Emmy award winner for Best Comedy, Arrested Development, which he also narrated.

Howard and long-time producing partner Brian Grazer first collaborated on the hit comedies Night Shift and Splash. The pair co-founded Imagine Entertainment in 1986 to create independently produced feature films. The company has since produced a variety of popular feature films, including such hits as The Nutty ProfessorThe Nutty Professor II: The KlumpsBowfingerThe PaperInventing the Abbotts and LiarLiar. Howard made his directorial debut in 1978 with the comedy Grand Theft Auto.

Howard began his career in film as an actor. He first appeared in The Journey and The Music Man, then as Opie on the long-running television series The Andy Griffith Show. Howard later starred in the popular series Happy Days and drew favorable reviews for his performances in American Graffiti and The Shootist.

Howard is currently in post-production on the big-screen adaptation of Dan Brown’s best-selling novel Angels & Demons.

 

Peter Morgan

After nearly two decades paying his dues by writing industrial videos and TV projects, screenwriter Peter Morgan (Screenplay by/Based on the Stage play by/Executive Producer) emerged as the top talent in his field in 2006 thanks to the successes of two critically acclaimed films, The Queen and The Last King of Scotland. He demonstrated a gift for portraying public figures as real human beings involved in interesting and complex relationships, which he continued in the award-winning play Frost/Nixon.

Morgan grew up in the London suburb of Wimbledon with a Polish Catholic mother and a German Jewish father who had fled Dresden in the thirties. He went on to study English at the University of Leeds, but found the department’s curriculum uninspiring and switched to the fine art department, where he eventually earned his degree. While at Leeds, Morgan began acting in student dramas, but after suffering one nerve-shattering attack of stage fright during a random performance, decided to focus on writing and directing instead.

Morgan found a writing partner in fellow student Mark Wadlow, and the duo’s first play, Gross, performed at the Edinburgh Festival, brought them a level of instant recognition. Afterward, the two were recruited by a production company to write training films. Wadlow and Morgan wrote these training films for several years in London before getting a break working on the script for John Schlesinger’s Madame Sousatzka in 1988.

Several more years of industrial work followed before Wadlow moved on to write for the British soap opera Coronation Street, while Morgan got a TV break writing for Rik Mayall Presents, a dramatic series featuring one of Britain’s more popular comedic actors. Morgan also penned the miniseries thriller Metropolis in 2000, the TV courtroom drama The Jury in 2002 and the 2003 TV movie Henry VIII, starring Ray Winstone and Helena Bonham Carter, which earned an international Emmy for Best Drama.

With Morgan’s 2004 TV script, The Deal, which centered around the codependent relationship between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Chancellor Gordon Brown, Morgan started gaining recognition for his exploration of the psyches of public figures. The project also marked the beginning of Morgan’s working relationship with director Stephen Frears and the opportunity to move toward feature films.

He was soon hired to write the screenplay adaptation of Giles Foden’s novel The Last King of Scotland in 2006, a feature film exploring the relationship between Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and a young Scottish doctor, for which he won the BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay. Months later, Morgan and Frears teamed up again to create the biggest hit of their respective careers, The Queen. The film focused on the impact of the 1997 death of Princess Diana on the Royal Family, and how, along with the arrival of Prime Minister Tony Blair, it signaled a new era in Britain.

The Queen earned six Academy Award® nominations, including Best Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Performance by an Actress and duplicated these four at the 2006 Golden Globes. Morgan won the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay, as well as awards from the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, The British Independent Film Awards and the Venice Film Festival.

In 2006, he returned to playwriting with Frost/Nixon. The play moved from the West End to Broadway and played to packed houses on both sides of the Atlantic.

Morgan most recently wrote the screenplay for the recent film adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s novel, The Other Boleyn Girl.

 

Brian Grazer

Producer Brian Grazer (Produced by) has been making movies and television programs for more than 25 years. He most recently produced Ridley Scott’s box-office smash AmericanGangster, starring Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington.

As both a writer and producer, he has been personally nominated for three Academy Awards®, and in 2002, he won the Best Picture Oscar® for A Beautiful Mind. In addition to winning three other Academy Awards®, A Beautiful Mind also won four Golden Globe Awards (including Best Motion Picture Drama) and earned Grazer the first annual Awareness Award from the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign.

Over the years, Grazer’s films and TV shows have been nominated for a total of 44 Oscars® and 91 Emmys. At the same time, his movies have generated more than $13 billion in worldwide theatrical, music and video grosses. Reflecting this combination of commercial and artistic achievement, the Producers Guild of America honored Grazer with the David O. Selznick Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. His accomplishments have also been recognized by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which, in 1998, added Grazer to the short list of producers with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On March 6, 2003, ShoWest celebrated Grazer’s success by honoring him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. On November 14, 2005, the Fulfillment Fund honored Grazer in Los Angeles. In May 2007, Grazer was chosen by Time magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.”

In addition to A Beautiful Mind, Grazer’s films include Apollo 13, for which Grazer won the Producers Guild’s Daryl F. Zanuck Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award as well as an Oscar® nomination for Best Picture of 1995; and Splash, which he co-wrote as well as produced and for which he received an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Screenplay of 1986.

Other feature film credits include Changeling, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Angelina Jolie, the big screen adaptation of the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code, starring Tom Hanks, and directed by Oscar® winner Ron Howard; the tense drama The Inside Man, directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster; FlightplanCinderella Man; the Sundance-acclaimed documentary Inside Deep ThroatFriday Night Lights8 MileBlue CrushIntolerable CrueltyDr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole ChristmasTheNutty ProfessorLiar, LiarRansomMy GirlBackdraftKindergarten CopParenthoodClean and Sober; and Spies Like Us.

Grazer’s television productions include Fox’s hit Emmy Award-winning Best Drama Series 24; NBC’s Friday Night Lights, pilot directed by Peter Berg; and CBS’s Shark, pilot directed by Spike Lee and starring James Woods. His additional television credits include Fox’s Emmy Award-winning Best Comedy Arrested Development, NBC’s Miss Match, WB’s Felicity and ABC’s Sports Night, as well as HBO’s From the Earth to the Moon, for which he won the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries.

Grazer began his career as a producer developing television projects. It was while he was executive-producing TV pilots for Paramount Pictures in the early 1980s that Grazer first met his longtime friend and business partner Ron Howard. Their collaboration began in 1985 with the hit comedies Night Shift and Splash, and in 1986, the two founded Imagine Entertainment, which they continue to run together as co-chairmen.

Grazer is currently in post-production on the big-screen adaptation of Dan Brown’s best-selling novel Angels & Demons.

 

Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner

Working Title Films, co-chaired by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (Produced by) since 1992, is Europe’s leading film production company, making movies that defy boundaries as well as demographics.

Founded in 1983, Working Title has made more than 85 films that have grossed over $4 billion worldwide. Its films have won four Academy Awards® (for Tim Robbins’ Dead Man Walking, Joel and Ethan Coen’s Fargo and Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth), 26 BAFTA Awards and prestigious prizes at the Cannes and Berlin international film festivals. Bevan and Fellner have been honored with two of the highest film awards given to British filmmakers—the Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema at the Orange British Academy Film Awards (2004) and the Alexander Walker Film Award at the Evening Standard British Film Awards. They have both been given the title of CBE (commander of the British Empire).

Working Title enjoys continuing creative collaborations with filmmakers Richard Curtis, Stephen Daldry, Edgar Wright, Paul Greengrass, Joe Wright and the Coen brothers and actors Rowan Atkinson, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson, among others. Its additional successes include Mike Newell’s Four Weddings and a Funeral; Richard Curtis’ Love Actually; Stephen Daldry’s Billy Elliot; Roger Michell’s Notting Hill; Mel Smith’s Bean; Sydney Pollack’s The Interpreter; Peter Howitt’s Johnny English; Joel and Ethan Coen’s The Hudsucker ProxyThe BigLebowski and O Brother, Where Art Thou?; Chris and Paul Weitz’s About a Boy; both Bridget Jones movies (directed by Sharon Maguire and Beeban Kidron, respectively); Joe Wright’sPride & Prejudice and Atonement; Kirk Jones’ Nanny McPhee; Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead; Paul Greengrass’ United 93; and Mark Mylod’s Ali G Indahouse.

2007 saw the release of Shekhar Kapur’s ElizabethThe Golden Age, starring Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen and Geoffrey Rush; Joe Wright’s Atonement, adapted from the book by Ian McEwan and starring James McAvoy, Keira Knightley and Romola Garai; Steve Bendelack’s Mr. Bean’s Holiday, starring Rowan Atkinson; Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost; and Joe Carnahan’s Smokin’ Aces, starring Ryan Reynolds, Alicia Keys and Jeremy Piven.

The success of Billy Elliot on film has since been repeated as a musical on the London stage, where it has been running to packed houses since its opening in 2005. Stephen Daldry and screenwriter Lee Hall, reunited with Sir Elton John composing the songs. The Olivier Award-winning production marked Working Title’s debut theatrical venture (co-produced with Old Vic Productions) and it has recently opened a second production to rave reviews in Sydney, Australia.

Working Title currently has three films in postproduction that will be released this year—Nick Moore’s Wild Child, starring Emma Roberts; Beeban Kidron’s Hippie Hippie Shake, starring Cillian Murphy, Sienna Miller, Emma Booth and Max Minghella; and Joel and Ethan Coen’s Burn After Reading, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand and John Malkovich.

Productions set for 2008 include Paul Greengrass’ untitled Green Zone thriller, starring Matt Damon; Kevin Macdonald’s State of Play, starring Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman, Robin Wright Penn and Helen Mirren; Richard Curtis’ The Boat That Rocked, starring Bill Nighy and Nick Frost; and Joe Wright’s The Soloist, starring Jamie Foxx and Catherine Keener.

 

Matthew Byam Shaw

Matthex Byan Shaw (Executive Producer) has produced new plays in the U.K. with the Almeida Theatre, the Bush Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse, the Lyric Hammersmith, Liverpool Playhouse, Sheffield Theatres, the Bristol Old Vic and the National Theatre. He has won two consecutive Society of London Theatre’s New Producer awards. Shaw has been on the board of the Bush Theatre since 1997 and has been an associate at Sheffield Theatres since 2001.

Shaw’s London West End productions include the Olivier-nominated and Critics’ Circle Award-winning In Flame; the Evening Standard Award-nominated Pretending to Be Me; the Olivier- and Critics’ Circle Award-winning Humble BoyThe AnniversarySee How They RunA Voyage Round My Father; the Evening Standard and Olivier Award-winning Don Carlos; the Evening Standard Award-winning Mary Stuart; the Olivier Award-nominated Boeing-Boeing (soon to be seen on Broadway and on tour in Australia); the Olivier Award-nominated Whipping It Up(West End and U.K. tour); the Evening Standard Award-winning Donmar production of Frost/Nixon, which he developed; the Tony Award-winning Frost/Nixon on Broadway; and the award-winning A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Roundhouse, U.K. tour, Australia tour and U.S. tour).

 

Karen Kehela Sherwood

Karen Kehela Sherwood (Executive Producer) joined Imagine Entertainment as Brian Grazer’s assistant, quickly rose up the ranks, and was appointed President of Production in 1992 at the young age of 29. Five years later, she became Co-Chairman of Imagine Films. As Co-Chairman, Sherwood works closely with partners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard in the development and production of Imagine Entertainment’s motion picture slate. She also guides the company’s development staff in their tracking, acquiring, and shepherding of all Imagine film projects from concept through to their theatrical releases.

In 2001, Sherwood Executive Produced A Beautiful Mind, directed by Ron Howard and starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly. The film won 4 Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Director.

She served as Producer alongside Brian Grazer on Blue Crush and as Executive Producer on The Nutty ProfessorLifeBowfingerThe Cat in the Hat, and the tense drama The Inside Man, directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster. Sherwood also contributed to the upcoming Angels and Demons, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks.

 

David Bernardi

 

David Bernadi (Executive Producer), an Imagine Entertainment senior vice president of motion pictures, joined the Academy Award®-winning production company in 1996, after having worked as an assistant editor for Flash Art magazine in New York City and Europe. Bernardi has most recently served as an executive producer on Curious George, starring Will Ferrell and Drew Barrymore, and as an associate producer on Friday Night Lights, a Universal Pictures and Imagine film directed by Peter Berg. Bernardi has recently turned his attention to a remake ofBride of Frankenstein and a biopic about the life of Hugh Hefner for Universal.

 

Debra Hayward

Debra Hayward (Executive Producer) serves as head of film for Working Title Films and is creatively responsible for the company’s entire slate of motion pictures in conjunction with her U.S. counterpart, Liza Chasin.

Hayward joined Working Title in 1989 as a producer’s assistant on such films as Fools of Fortune and Dakota Road and then moved to the development department, where she worked on such diverse films as 1991’s London Kills Me and 1993’s Map of the Human Heart.

Hayward most recently served as executive producer on Elizabeth: The Golden Age (starring Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen and Geoffrey Rush); Atonement (the adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel, starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy); Pride & Prejudice (with Keira Knightley heading an impressive ensemble cast), Nanny McPhee (with Emma Thompson and Colin Firth), the romantic comedy Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Wimbledon (starring Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany). She served in the same capacity on the Phillip Noyce-directed political thriller Catch a Fire.

She also served as co-producer on the suspenseful thriller The Interpreter, starring Academy Award® winners Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn and directed by Oscar® winner Sydney Pollack. Additional recent co-producer credits include Ned Kelly, starring Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom; Richard Curtis’ worldwide hit Love Actually; the international hit Johnny English, starring Rowan Atkinson, Natalie Imbruglia and John Malkovich; and the award-winning About a Boy. She also executive-produced The Guru and 40 Days and 40 Nights.

Hayward’s additional co-producing credits include the worldwide smash Bridget Jones’s DiaryCaptain Corelli’s Mandolin, the lauded ElizabethThe Matchmaker and The Borrowers. As a development executive, she was instrumental in helping to bring such films as Notting HillPlunkett & MacleaneFrench KissMoonlight and ValentinoPantherFour Weddings and aFuneral and Posse to the screen. She also served as associate producer on Loch Ness.

 

Liza Chasin

Liza Chasin (Executive Producer) has served as president of U.S. production at Working Title Films since 1996. Most recently, Chasin served as executive producer on the critically acclaimed films Definitely, Maybe, directed by Adam Brooks and starring Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher and Abigail Breslin; Atonement, directed by Joe Wright and starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy; and Elizabeth: The Golden Age, directed by Shekhar Kapur and starring Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen and Geoffrey Rush.

She recently executive-produced Smokin’ Aces, directed by Joe Carnahan and starring Jeremy Piven, Ryan Reynolds, Ben Affleck, Alicia Keys, Ray Liotta and Andy Garcia; Catch a Fire, directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Derek Luke and Academy Award® winner Tim Robbins; and United 93, directed by Paul Greengrass. Chasin also executive-produced the highly successful children’s film Nanny McPhee, starring Emma Thompson and Colin Firth, and the Academy Award®- and Golden Globe-nominated adaptation of the classic novel Pride andPrejudice, starring Keira Knightley.

Chasin served as co-producer on The Interpreter, starring Academy Award® winners Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn and directed by Academy Award® winner Sydney Pollack. She executive-produced the box-office success Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, starring Oscar® winner and Golden Globe nominee Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. Chasin served as producer on the international hit Wimbledon, starring Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany, and as executive producer on the highly acclaimed Thirteen, which won the Best Director slot at the Sundance Film Festival for Catherine Hardwicke and starring Holly Hunter (in an Oscar®-nominated performance) and Evan Rachel Wood. She also co-produced Richard Curtis’ worldwide hit, the ensemble romantic comedy Love Actually.

Over the past several years, Chasin has been involved in the development and production of such acclaimed films as Dead Man WalkingFargoNotting Hill and O Brother, Where Art Thou?Chasin served as co-producer of About a Boy, directed by Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz, starring Hugh Grant, Toni Collette and Rachel Weisz, and Bridget Jones’s Diary, starring Renée Zellweger, and as executive producer of High Fidelity, starring John Cusack. She also co-produced the Academy Award®- and Golden Globe-nominated critical success Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchett.

A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Chasin first joined Working Title Films in 1991 as director of development. She was subsequently promoted to vice president of production and development, becoming the head of the company’s Los Angeles office, overseeing the company’s creative affairs in the U.S. Prior to joining Working Title, Liza worked for several years in various capacities at New York-based production companies.

 

Todd Hallowell

Todd Hallowell (Executive Producer/Second-Unit Director) most recently served as executive producer on both The Alamo and The Missing and as executive producer and second-unit director on Ron Howard’s Academy Award®-winning A Beautiful Mind.

Hallowell started his career as assistant art director (and Ron Howard’s photo double) on Roger Corman’s Grand Theft Auto, Howard’s 1978 directorial debut. He subsequently served as art director on Back to the FutureDown and Out in Beverly HillsFletch and the pilot for Michael Mann’s groundbreaking TV series Miami Vice.

Hallowell moved up to production designer on Adventures in BabysittingBurglarVital SignsThe Dream TeamClass Action and Howard’s Parenthood. He directed the second-unit sequences in Striking DistanceAdventures in Babysitting and Money Train.

Continuing his collaboration with Howard, Hallowell served as associate producer/second-unit director on Backdraft and Far and Away, and on The Paper, he multitasked as executive producer, production designer and second-unit director.

For Howard’s award-winning Apollo 13, he repeated his duties as executive producer/second-unit director and received, along with producer Brian Grazer, Producer of the Year honors from the Producers Guild of America. He also worked as executive producer/second-unit director on Howard’s projects RansomEDtv and the box-office hit Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch StoleChristmas.

 

Salvatore Totino

Salvatore Totino (Director of Photography) most recently worked with director Ron Howard on The Da Vinci Code and previously teamed with the director on Cinderella Man.

Totino first served as cinematographer on Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday, then went on to shoot Changing Lanes, starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson. His first collaboration with Howard was the director’s suspenseful western The Missing, starring Cate Blanchett and Tommy Lee Jones.

A Clio winner, he has shot well over 300 TV commercials and music videos, working with such artists as Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, REM, Radiohead and many others.

A native of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, the son of Italian immigrants was interested in photography at an early age. He began his career as a production assistant on commercials and worked his way through the ranks of camera departments on television and film projects before becoming a director of photography. Among his credits during this period was the New York portion of Jim Jarmusch’s Night on Earth, on which he served as a focus puller.

 

Mike Hill, Ace and Dan Hanley, Ace

Mike HillACE and Dan Hanley, ACE (Editors) continue their long-standing association with Ron Howard, which began when they edited Howard’s 1982 comedy Night Shift. The duo has edited Howard’s successive pictures, including the Academy Award®-winning A Beautiful Mind, for which they received an Eddie nomination from the American Cinema Editors; Dr. Seuss’How the Grinch Stole ChristmasEDtvRansomFar and AwayThe PaperBackdraftParenthoodWillowGung HoCocoonSplashApollo 13 (for which the pair won the 1995 Academy Award® for Best Editing); The MissingCinderella Man, for which they received another Oscar® nomination; and, most recently, The Da Vinci Code.

Other shared feature credits include Armed and DangerousPet Sematary and Problem Child. Hanley also co-edited the movies In & Out and Cop and a Half, while Hill served as co-editor on What’s Love Got to Do With It?.

The partners come from decidedly different backgrounds. Hanley is a third-generation editor. His grandfather cut trailers at RKO and his father was an ADR editor at Paramount Studios. Hanley joined Paramount as an apprentice in 1975, working on his first feature, Marathon Man. He subsequently formed an alliance with Bob Kern, who worked with Howard on his TV features. This led to Hanley’s work on Night Shift and his association with Hill.

Hill hails from Omaha, Nebraska, where he attended the University of Nebraska. Following college, he relocated to California and applied for membership in several industry guilds, eventually joining the editors’ union. He also began his career working at Paramount as an apprentice editor on Elia Kazan’s final picture, The Last Tycoon. He met Hanley on the studio lot and joined his colleague under Kern’s tutelage.

 

Michael Corenblith

Michael Corenblith (Production Designer) has earned two Academy Award® nominations: the first for his recreation to the 1970 doomed Apollo moon launch in Ron Howard’s epic space adventure, Apollo 13, and the second for his imaginative creation of Dr. Seuss’ Whoville in Howard’s Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Corenblith also won the BAFTA for Apollo13 and received a nomination for Excellence in Production Design from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Art Directors for Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Frost/Nixon is Corenblith’s fifth movie with Ron Howard. He also collaborated with the director on Ransom and EDtv. Among his other recent design credits are 2007’s top comedy Wild Hogsand Be Cool, both starring John Travolta, and the remakes of Mighty Joe Young and The Alamo.

Corenblith was honored with the Ruben Marmaduke Potter Award by the Alamo Battlefield Association in recognition of his “advancement of the scholarship” of Alamo history through his re-creations of San Antonio de Bexar and the Alamo—the largest standing sets ever built in North America.

A graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, Corenblith studied design at UCLA and entered the entertainment industry as a lighting designer for television before moving to art direction and winning an Emmy Award in 1983 for his work on the Academy Awards® show.

Corenblith began work in feature films as key set designer on Paul Mazursky’s 1984 comedy Down and Out in Beverly Hills. He followed with assignments as set designer or art director on Cat PeopleBurglarRed Heat and Die Hard 2: Die Harder before graduating to production designer on the film Prince Jack.

 

Daniel Orlandi

Emmy Award-winning costume designer Daniel Orlandi’s (Costume Designer) work was recently seen in Ron Howard’s The Da Vinci Code and the Jim Carrey thriller The Number 23, directed by Joel Schumacher. He has shown his versatility in a variety of motion picture and television projects, including the historical epic film The Alamo, the big-screen screwball comedy Kangaroo Jack and the recent comedy Last Holiday, starring Queen Latifah.

He also recently designed for Down With Love, directed by Peyton Reed and starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, as well as Tribeca’s Flawless, starring Robert DeNiro and Phone Booth, starring Colin Farrell, both directed by Joel Schumacher. He also designed the charming hit NBC series Ed.

Orlandi’s additional feature film credits as costume designer include Meet the Parents, directed by Jay Roach and starring Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro; RocketMan; and Tony Scott’s thriller The Fan, starring Robert De Niro. He served as associate designer on Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 and Mr. Jones. His numerous credits as an assistant designer include Only YouSister ActClass ActionAn Innocent ManMax Dugan Returns and Pennies From Heaven.

Orlandi won the Emmy for costume design in 1989 for his work on The Magic of David Copperfield and subsequently designed the next four Copperfield specials. His many television credits include a Tribeca miniseries for NBC, Witness to the Mob, as well as the telefilms Marilyn and MeFatal FriendshipCrazy From the Heart and Cab to Canada, starring Maureen O’Hara. He also designed costumes for the pilots Putting It Together, directed by Nora Ephron, CourthouseTexarkana and Knight Life.

From 1982 to 1988, Orlandi served as an executive with Bob Mackie Originals, having started with the company at its inception. He holds a BFA in drama from Pittsburgh’s esteemed Carnegie Mellon University.

 

Hans Zimmer

Composer Hans Zimmer (Music by) previously worked with Ron Howard on The Da Vinci Code. He won an Academy Award® and Golden Globe for his score of The Lion King and was nominated for two Oscars® in 1999 for his scores of The Thin Red Line and The Prince of Egypt, the latter for which he also received a Golden Globe nomination. Zimmer has also received Oscar® nominations for As Good As It GetsThe Preacher’s Wife and Rain Man and two BAFTA nominations for Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise and Gladiator (for which he also received an Oscar® nomination).

Zimmer scored all three of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and recently composed the music for The Simpsons MovieThe HolidayThe Weather ManBatman BeginsMadagascarSpanglishThe Ring and The Ring TwoSomething’s Gotta GiveThe Last SamuraiMatchstick Men and Black Hawk Down.

Prior to scoring the 2001 megahits Pearl Harbor and Hannibal, he composed music for the two biggest box-office hits of 2000, Mission: Impossible II and the Academy Award®-winning Gladiator, as well as the animated The Road to El Dorado.

Among the rest of nearly 100 film scores with which he is credited are The PeacemakerSmilla’s Sense of SnowThe FanBroken ArrowBeyond RangoonCrimson TideI’ll Do AnythingYounger and YoungerTrue RomanceToysRadio FlyerA League of Their OwnRegarding HenryBackdraft and Days of Thunder.

The German-born composer began his career as a member of the British pop group The Buggles. He co-wrote scores for a few films before going solo with A World Apart in 1987. He later served as head of the music department at DreamWorks Pictures.

The Frost/Nixon Movie Cast

Frank Langella

Three-time Tony Award winner Frank Langella (Richard Nixon) is among the American theater world’s greatest living actors. Though he gained recognition as a film star in the 1970s, the stage has always been his first love.

His career off-Broadway was launched with an Obie Award in 1965 for his performance in poet-playwright Robert Lowell’s The Old Glory: Benito Cereno. His other major off-Broadway productions include Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano, Arthur Miller’s After the Fall, John Webster’s The White Devil, Heinrich von Kleist’s The Prince of Homburg, Andre Gide’s The Immortalist and Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Langella’s triumphs on Broadway include Tony Awards for Edward Albee’s Seascape, Turgenev’s Fortune’s Fool and last year for his role as President Richard Nixon in the New York production of Frost/Nixon. He also received a Tony nomination for his performances in Belber’s Match and Hamilton-Dean’s Dracula, and has starred on Broadway in productions of Strindberg’s The Father, Coward’s Present Laughter and Design for Living, Shaffer’s Amadeus, Rabe’s Hurlyburly, Nichols’ Passion, Marowitz’s Sherlock’s Last Case, Gibson’s A Cry ofPlayers and Lorca’s Yerma, among others.

Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, Langella studied acting at Syracuse University before beginning his professional career in New York. He got his first break on screen when he was cast in Frank Perry’s 1970 drama Diary of a Mad Housewife, co-starring with Richard Benjamin and Carrie Snodgress. The film earned him a Golden Globe nomination and an award from the National Board of Review for Best Supporting Actor. That same year, he starred in Mel Brooks’ The Twelve Chairs. A successful remake of Dracula, directed by John Badham, brought him to pop-culture stardom at that decade.

Langella will next lend his voice to Universal Pictures’ animated film, The Tale of Despereaux. Other upcoming projects include All Good Things, with Ryan Gosling, and The Box, with Cameron Diaz. Some of his other past films are George Clooney’s Oscar®-nominated Good Night, and Good Luck., the box-office hit Superman Returns and the drama Starting Out in theEvening. He has also starred in Adrian Lyne’s controversial Lolita; the hit comedy Dave; Ridley Scott’s 1492: Conquest of Paradise; the humorous tribute to summer stock, Those Lips,Those Eyes; the touching drama I’m Losing You; David Duchovny’s House of D; and The Ninth Gate, directed by Roman Polanski.

On television, Langella received an Emmy nomination for his work on I, Leonardo: A Journey of the Mind. Other major work on television includes PBS’ productions of Eccentricities of aNightingale and Chekhov’s The Seagull; ABC’s The Beast; HBO’s Doomsday Gun; and Vonnegut’s Monkey House for Showtime, which earned him a CableACE Award. He also starred in all 10 episodes of the short-lived but widely praised HBO series Unscripted.

Langella was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2003. In addition to his three Tony Awards, he has won five Drama Desks, three Obies, two Outer Critics Circles and a Drama League Award. Several dozen roles in America’s leading regional theaters include Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Anouilh’s Ring Round the Moon, Whiting’s The Devils, Bolt’s A Man for AllSeasons, Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady, Shepard’s The Tooth of Crime and Barker’s Scenes From an Execution.

 

Michael Sheen

Three-time BAFTA nominee Michael Sheen (David Frost) has gained a prominent place among the talented new generation of British actors on stage and screen. He earned a BAFTA nod for Best Supporting Actor in The Queen and garnered two more for Best Actor in the television comedies Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! and Dirty Filthy LoveThe Queen also brought him the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Sheen was most recently seen on screen in Music Within, the story of Richard Pimentel, an early champion of the rights of the disabled and a primary activist behind the Americans with Disabilities Act. Sheen portrayed his best friend Art, a wheelchair-bound genius who suffers from cerebral palsy that uses his wit to deflect the prejudice associated with his twisted form.

Prior to that he was seen in Edward Zwick’s Blood Diamond, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou, and as the British Prime Minister in Stephen Frears’ The QueenThe Queenmarked Sheen’s third collaboration with Frears. He first played the British Prime Minister in Frears’ television feature The Deal and made his feature film debut in the director’s Mary Reilly, playing Dr. Jekyll’s footman.

Sheen’s other feature film credits include Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of HeavenLaws of Attraction, starring with Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore; Timeline, directed by Richard Donner; Underworld; Stephen Fry’s Bright Young Things; Shekhar Kapur’s The Four Feathers; starring in Heartlands, directed by Damien O’Donnell (East Is East); and Wilde with Stephen Fry and Jude Law.

Sheen trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London where, in his second year, he won the coveted Laurence Olivier Bursary for consistently outstanding performances. While still a student at RADA, Sheen landed a starring role opposite Vanessa Redgrave in 1991’s When She Danced, which marked his West End debut.

Sheen has since earned Olivier Award nominations for his performance as Mozart in Peter Hall’s revival of AmadeusLook Back in Anger and Caligula, for which he also won a London Critics’ Circle Award and a London Evening Standard Theatre Award. He has received acclaim for his performances in such plays as Romeo and JulietPeer Gynt and Henry V. In 1999, Sheen made his Broadway debut, reprising the title role in Amadeus.

Most recently on stage, Sheen received a Distinguished Performance Award nomination from the Drama League, among other accolades, for his Broadway stage origination of the role of David Frost in Peter Morgan’s play. This followed the sold-out run in London, where Sheen received nominations for Best Actor from the Olivier Awards and Evening Standard Awards.

At the beginning of this year, Sheen completed production in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, in which he reprises his role as the dark Lycan master, Lucian. The film marks the directing debut of special-effects wiz Patrick Tatopoulos and stars Sheen and Bill Nighy.

Sheen will next shoot The Damned United, which chronicles the larger-than-life soccer manager Brian Clough’s turbulent 44 days in charge of Leeds United in 1974 (then one of England’s most successful soccer teams). The film stars Sheen as Clough, and will be directed by Tom Hooper (John Adams) with a screenplay by Peter Morgan, based on David Pearce’s novel.

Born in Wales, Sheen grew up in Port Talbot, the industrial town renowned for producing Richard Burton and Anthony Hopkins.

 

Kevin Bacon

Kevin Bacon (Jack Brennan) has appeared in more than 50 films over the past 30 years, encompassing both mainstream hits and acclaimed independent features. He most recently starred in the thriller Death Sentence and completed filming the HBO feature Taking Chance, the true story of Marine Michael Strobl, a military escort assigned to accompany the body of a soldier killed in Iraq on his journey to his hometown.

Bacon earned a Film Independent’s Spirit Award nomination for his performance in the controversial 2004 drama The Woodsman, which he also executive produced. He also shared in a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Motion Picture Cast as part of the cast of 2003’s Mystic River, directed by Clint Eastwood. He previously garnered a Golden Globe Award nomination for his role in Curtis Hanson’s 1994 thriller The River Wild. The following year, he received a SAG Award nomination and won a Critics’ Choice Award from the Broadcast Film Critics for his work in Murder in the First. In 2000, Bacon became the first honoree of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Young Friends of Film.

A native of Philadelphia, Bacon was the youngest student at the Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York. His early efforts on film included memorable performances in the comedy hits National Lampoon’s Animal House and Barry Levinson’s Diner. However, it was his starring role in Herbert Ross’ smash hit Footloose that propelled Bacon to stardom.

Bacon’s long list of film credits also includes John Hughes’ She’s Having a Baby, Martin Campbell’s Criminal Law, Christopher Guest’s The Big Picture, Ron Underwood’s Tremors, Joel Schumacher’s Flatliners, Oliver Stone’s JFK, Rob Reiner’s A Few Good Men, Barry Levinson’s Sleepers, David Koepp’s Stir of Echoes, Jay Russell’s My Dog Skip, Paul Verhoeven’s HollowMan, Luis Mandoki’s Trapped and Atom Egoyan’s Where the Truth Lies.

In 1996, Bacon made his directorial debut with the Showtime movie Losing Chase, starring Helen Mirren, Beau Bridges and Bacon’s wife, Kyra Sedgwick. The film received three Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Motion Picture Made for Television, and also screened at the Sundance and Toronto International Film Festivals. Bacon more recently directed and produced the 2005 feature Loverboy, in which he also appeared with Sedgwick, Campbell Scott, Matt Dillon, Marisa Tomei and Oliver Platt. Bacon has also directed two episodes of Kyra Sedgwick’s hit TNT series The Closer.

Bacon’s television credits include the movies The GiftEnormous Changes at the Last Minute, the 1984 remake of Mister Roberts and the American Playhouse production of Lanford Wilson’s play Lemon Sky, which first teamed him with Sedgwick.

On the stage, Bacon made his Broadway debut in 1983’s The Slab Boys, with Sean Penn. Three years later, he starred in Joe Orton’s acclaimed play Loot. In 2002, Bacon returned to Broadway to star in the one-man show An Almost Holy Picture. His stage work also includes such off-Broadway plays as AlbumPoor Little LambsGetting Out and Spike Heels.

Teamed with his older brother Michael, Bacon is one half of The Bacon Brothers, a successful band with a sound they describe as Forosoco (a combination of folk, rock, soul and country), which was also the title of their debut CD. The Bacon Brothers have since recorded three more CDs and also released a concert CD. At the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, Bacon launched SixDegrees.org, a new web site that encourages online donations to a variety of worthwhile causes, creating a philanthropic social network.

 

Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall (Caroline) most recently completed starring in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, opposite Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Patricia Clarkson.

Last year, Hall starred opposite Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Hugh Jackman in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, a tale of two turn-of-the-century London magicians whose rivalry jeopardizes the lives of everyone around them. In Tom Vaughan’s Starter for 10, a coming-of-age comedy about university students struggling to find themselves while learning the differences between knowledge and wisdom, Hall starred opposite James McAvoy.

Hall received wide acclaim for her performance as Rosalind, Shakespeare’s love conflicted heroine in Peter Hall’s production of As You Like It, which began at the Theatre Royal Bath in 2003 and continued with an international tour. It was revived in 2005 at the Rose Theatre in Kingston and subsequently ran at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre and the Curran Theatre in San Francisco. In summer 2004, she starred in three productions at the Theatre Royal Bath: as the title role in Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Galileo’sDaughter, directed by Peter Hall; Elvira in Simon Nye’s version of the Molire comedy Don Juan, directed by Thea Sharrock; and as Ann Whitfield in Shaw’s epic Man and Superman, again under the direction of Peter Hall.

In summer 2003, she starred as Barbara in D.H. Lawrence’s Fight for Barbara, directed again by Thea Sharrock at the Theatre Royal Bath. For her West End debut as Vivie, the tough-minded daughter in Mrs. Warren’s Profession at the Strand Theatre in October 2002, Hall garnered an Ian Charleson Award. In 2003, she was again nominated for the Ian Charleson Award for As You Like It.

While studying English at Cambridge, she played Miranda in The Tempest, Martha in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? and directed productions of Cuckoo by Guiseppe Manfredi and Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound.

Hall’s television credits include Brendan Maher’s Wide Sargasso Sea on BBC 4, Einstein and Eddington and Joe’s Palace for HBO/BBC Films, Peter Hall’s acclaimed adaptation of Mary Wesley’s novel The Camomile Lawn for Channel 4 and Don’t Leave Me This Way, directed by Stuart Orme.

 

Toby Jones

Toby Jones (Swifty Lazar) won the London Film Critics’ Circle Award for his role as Truman Capote in the critically praised biopic of the author, Infamous. He is currently starring with Bill Murray and Tim Robbins in the fantasy-adventure City of Ember. He recently co-starred in the British comedy St. Trinian’s with Rupert Everett and Colin Firth, as well as the thriller The Mist, directed by Frank Darabont.

Jones’ other recent film credits include Peter Greenaway’s Nightwatching; Michael Apted’s biography of abolitionist William Wilberforce, Amazing Grace; and the widely praised dramatization of W. Somerset Maugham’s The Painted Veil, starring Edward Norton and Naomi Watts.

The son of actor Freddie Jones won the 2001 Laurence Olivier Award as Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the West End comedy The Play What I Wrote, directed by Kenneth Branagh. He has performed regularly on the British stage, including a recent production of Measure for Measure on the West End.

After making his film debut in the 1992 film adaptation of Orlando starring Tilda Swinton, Jones has alternated between stage and screen over the last 15 years. Among his other film credits are Ladies in Lavender with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith; the 2004 Oscar®-nominated Finding NeverlandHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as the voice of Dobby the House Elf; Luc Besson’s The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc; the romantic comedy Ever After; and the film version of Les Miserables, directed by Bille August.

Jones has also appeared on British television, including a 2005 role as Robert Cecil, the first Earl of Salisbury, in the HBO/Channel 4 production Elizabeth I.

 

Matthew MacFadyen

Matthew MacFadyen (John Birt) was most recently seen starring in the dark comedy Death at a Funeral, directed by Frank Oz and also starring Rupert Graves. He previously finished filming Incendiary, with Michelle Williams and Ewan McGregor in a contemporary drama about the emotional aftermath of a suicide bombing in London.

Earlier last year, Macfadyen returned to the stage in The Pain and the Itch at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Dominic Cooke. On television, he has recently been seen in the Channel 4 drama Secret Life in which he received outstanding reviews as a convicted pedophile newly released from prison.

In 2005, Macfadyen won critical acclaim for the lead role of Mr. Darcy in Joe Wright’s Oscar®-nominated adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. The Working Title film also starred Keira Knightley, Brenda Blethyn and Donald Sutherland. In the same year, he was nominated as Best Actor at the British Independent Film Awards for his role as a disillusioned war journalist in In MyFather’s Den, directed by Brad McGann.

Macfadyen’s other film credits include Middletown with Daniel Mays and Eva Birthistle; The Reckoning with Tom Hardy; Michael Apted’s Enigma, also starring Kate Winslet and Tom Hollander; and Maybe Baby directed by Ben Elton.

He is well known on British television for his role as Tom in the second series of Spooks, starring alongside David Oyelowo. He also starred in the role of Paul Tibbenham in The Projectdirected by Peter Kosminsky, and as Sir Felix Carbury in The Way We Live Now directed by David Yates. Other U.K. television credits include Perfect Strangers, Bloodline, Warriors and Wuthering Heights.

Macfadyen has appeared on stage in such prestigious productions as Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Battle Royal for the National Theatre/Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford; The School forScandal at the Barbican; the West End staging of Much Ado About NothingThe Duchess of Malfi on both the West End and Broadway; and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the RSC.

 

Oliver Platt

Oliver Platt (Bob Zelnick) has enjoyed great success in film, television and on stage. He recently received his first Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor for his work on Broadway in Conor McPherson’s Shining City, which was also nominated for Best Play. Other accolades include a Golden Globe and back-to-back Emmy nominations for his portrayal of Russell Tupper in Showtime’s Huff as well as an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal as White House Counsel Oliver Babish on the popular political drama The West Wing. He currently has a recurring role on Nip/Tuck playing the flamboyant TV producer Freddy Prune.

Platt recently starred in the features Casanova, directed by Lasse Hallstrom for Disney alongside Heath Ledger and Sienna Miller, as well as Ice Harvest with John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton. Other film credits include Funny BonesBulworthMarried to the MobWorking GirlFlatlinersPostcards From the EdgeIndecent ProposalThe Three MusketeersA Time to KillDoctor DolittleSimon BirchLake PlacidDon’t Say a Word and Pieces of April.

Platt made his producing debut on the indie film Big Night, which was codirected by actors Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott. He would later reteam with Tucci in The Impostors.

On television, Platt was recently seen playing the role of George Steinbrenner on the hit ESPN miniseries The Bronx is Burning, opposite John Turturro and Daniel Sunjata.

Platt graduated from Tufts University with a degree in drama and immediately began working in regional theater, as well as off-Broadway in such productions as The Tempest and John Guare’s Moon Over Miami. He also starred in the Lincoln Center production of Ubu and Jules Feiffer’s Elliot Loves, directed by Mike Nichols, and received rave reviews for his performance as Sir Toby Belch in Brian Kulick’s Twelfth Night.

The son of a career diplomat, Platt was born in Washington, D.C., and spent part of his childhood in Asia and the Middle East. Platt now resides in New York with his wife and three children.

 

Sam Rockwell

Sam Rockwell (James Reston) has earned a reputation as one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood. He most recently costarred with Brad Pitt in the western The Assassination ofJesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and will soon be starring in the comedy Choke, opposite Anjelica Huston.

Rockwell’s breakthrough performance came in Tom DiCillo’s Box of Moonlight (1996), in which his whacked-out backwoods loner presided over a repressed John Turturro’s spiritual rebirth. It was an eccentric precursor to the performance that turned critics heads in 2002, playing Chuck Barris in George Clooney’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

Rockwell, whose parents were both actors, first performed on stage with his mother at the age of 10 and made his feature film debut in Clownhouse (1988). Roles in movies like Last Exit toBrooklyn (1989) and In the Soup (1992), which began a three-picture association with indie director Alexandre Rockwell, followed. His career remained steady with roles in such films as TheSearch for One-Eye Jimmy with John Turturro and Samuel L. Jackson, and Drunks with Richard Lewis and Amanda Plummer, but did not really take off until Box of Moonlight gave him a spotlight in 1996.

He followed that with a much acclaimed role as a working-class lawn mower who bonds with a 10-year-old in Lawn Dogs (1997) and starred as Jerry opposite Joe Mantegna’s Tom in Jerryand Tom (1998), which were among seven projects completed within a year of the release of Box of Moonlight. For his performance in Lawn Dogs, Rockwell won Best Actor Awards at the Barcelona, Catalan and Montreal World Film Festivals.

Rockwell had some success on television with the short-lived NBC series Dream Street (1989) and the tele-feature Jack and His Friends (1992). Throughout the rest of the decade, Rockwell turned in many fine performances in many box-office disappointments, including a costarring role in the Jewish mob comedy Safe Men (1998) and smaller roles in Arresting Gena (1997) and William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999).

He began the transition from independent films to starring roles in mainstream Hollywood fare in 1998 as part of the all-star ensemble in Woody Allen’s comedy Celebrity. The following year, Rockwell received critical acclaim for his role as Wild Bill Wharton in Frank Darabont’s Oscar®-nominated The Green Mile (1999) and went on to secure the role of Guy Fleegman in the box-office hit Galaxy Quest (1999).

Supporting roles in these successful films led to a starring turn as billionaire software mogul Eric Knox in the 2000 summer smash Charlie’s Angels. In 2002, Rockwell appeared with Gene Hackman and Danny DeVito in the crime thriller Heist and was the leading man in the Russo brothers’ heist comedy Welcome to Collinwood. Another career highlight followed in George Clooney’s directorial debut Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), in which Rockwell brilliantly portrayed game show host-turned-self-proclaimed CIA assassin, Chuck Barris. The performance earned him the Best Actor Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. He then costarred with Nicolas Cage in director Ridley Scott’s Matchstick Men.

Raised in the Bay Area, Rockwell attended San Francisco’s High School for the Performing Arts. He currently makes his home in New York.

The Frost/Nixon Movie Notes

Introduction

In summer 1977, the televised David Frost/Richard Nixon interviews attracted the largest audience for a news program in the history of American TV. More than 45 million viewers- hungry for a glimpse into the mind of their disgraced former command-in-chief and anxious for him to acknowledge the abuses of power that led to his resignation- sat transfixed as Nixon and Frost sparred in a riveting verbal boxing match over the course of four evenings. Two men with everything to prove knew only one could come out a winner. Their legendary confrontation would revolutionize the art of the confessional interview, change the face of politics and capture an admission from the former president that startled people all over the world…possibly even including Nixon himself.

Now, Academy Award®-winning director RON HOWARD (A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, Apollo 13) brings to the screen stage- and screenwriter PETER MORGAN’s (The Queen, The Last King of Scotland) electrifying dramatization of the battle between Richard Nixon (FRANK LANGELLA, Good Night, and Good Luck.), the disgraced president with a legacy to save, and David Frost (MICHAEL SHEEN, The Queen), a jet-setting featherweight television personality with a name to make, in the untold story of the historic encounter that changed both: Frost/Nixon. Re-creating not only the on-air interviews that captivated the nation, but weeks of around-the world, behind-the-scenes maneuvering and negotiations between the men and their opposing camps, the film explores the long-untold story that led to the ultimate face-off in the court of public opinion.

For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the unanswered questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and reclaim his status as a supreme statesman in the hearts and minds of Americans.

Likewise, Frost’s team harbored doubts about his ability to hold his own against Nixon. As cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits ensued. Would Nixon evade questions of his role in one of the nation’s greatest disgraces? Or would Frost confound critics and bravely demand accountability from the most skilled politician of his generation? The encounter would reveal each man’s insecurities, ego and reserves of dignity-as each ultimately set aside posturing in a stunning display of unvarnished truth.

Playing a key role on Nixon’s team is KEVIN BACON (The Woodsman, Mystic River) as his chief of staff, Colonel Jack Brennan, the fierce guardian who guides Nixon through the strategy of the interviews. Two brilliant consultants would handle Frost’s education on the 37th American president. OLIVER PLATT (Casanova, Kinsey) stars as Frost strategist (and executive editor of the interviews), veteran reporter Bob Zelnick, and SAM ROCKWELL (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Matchstick Men) plays Frost’s acerbic writer and Nixon critic, author and university lecturer James Reston, Jr. Both were motivated to expose the real Nixon and operated as the architects of Frost’s strategy, while Frost took on the tasks of selling rights to the interviews, securing a broadcaster and studying his adversary.

Supporting players in the cast are a winning assemblage that includes REBECCA HALL (The Prestige) as Frost’s girlfriend, Caroline Cushing; TOBY JONES (Infamous, The Painted Veil) as Nixon’s agent, Irving Swifty Lazar; and MATTHEW MACFADYEN (Pride and Prejudice, Death at a Funeral) as Frost’s British producer, John Birt.

A Universal Pictures release, Frost/Nixon is the creative collaboration between Imagine Entertainment and Working Title Films, with Academy Award® winners BRIAN GRAZER (A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man) and Howard joining BAFTA winners TIM BEVAN (Atonement, United 93) and ERIC FELLNER (Pride & Prejudice, United 93) as producers of the drama.

On the technical side, the director has gathered a top-notch crew that reunites many Howard film regulars-including cinematographer SALVATORE TOTINO (Cinderella Man, The Da Vinci Code, The Missing), Oscar®-nominated production designer MICHAEL CORENBLITH (Apollo 13, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas); Emmy Award-winning costume designer DANIEL ORLANDI (Cinderella Man; The Da Vinci Code), Academy Award®-winning editing team MIKE HILL and DANIEL HANLEY (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man); and Oscar®-winning composer HANS ZIMMER (Backdraft, The Da Vinci Code).

The executive producers of the film are Peter Morgan, MATTHEW BYAM SHAW (Broadway and the West End’s Frost/Nixon), KAREN KEHELA SHERWOOD (Inside Man), DAVID BERNARDI (Friday Night Lights), DEBRA HAYWARD (Elizabeth: The Golden Age), LIZA CHASIN (Atonement) and TODD HALLOWELL (A Beautiful Mind).

The Frost/Nixon Movie Photo Gallery

Pictures & Photos of Scenes From The Film

Check out this gallery of Frost/Nixon photos from the upcoming film. These, along with the Frost/Nixon film synopsis and the Frost/Nixon trailer on this website will help give you a preview of what you can expect when you see this film in theaters on December 5th.

In the first of the Frost/Nixon pictures, you see Richard Nixon smiling and waving to reporters, photographers, and onlookers with David Frost in the background. This is probably the scene when they are arriving for the interview. In the second of the Frost/Nixon photos, you see David Frost sitting at a table with his three investigators as they plan their strategy for “attack” during the interview with Nixon. In the third of the Frost/Nixon pictures, you see Nixon and his advisor Jack Brennan in a very serious moment of conference, probably planning their own strategy for recouping Nixon’s reputation through the interview. In the fourth of the Frost/Nixon photos, you see Nixon shaking David Frost’s hand, but he’s leaned in face-to-face with his finger pointed at Frost in a threatening way. Finally, in the fifth of the Frost/Nixon pictures, you see David Frost and Richard Nixon sitting down during the actual interview. Nixon appears to be very animated in arguing his point.

You can download or email any of these Frost/Nixon photos to your friends and family to share your excitement for this upcoming historic film about the untold story of the David Frost interview with Richard Nixon. Find out the true story behind the story when the movie launches in theaters on December 5th.