Langella said some of his most important research was visiting Nixon's birthplace at the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda, Calif., and sitting for an hour in the closet-sized room the boy once shared with three brothers. He says a part of Nixon probably never left that space...."Wouldn't get girls? May we have a footnote on that? Great actor, but not much of an historian.
What you walk around with are the first two to five years of your life," he says. "What Nixon had was a horrible kind of existence and a lack of belief in himself, with a father who whacked him on the back of the head all the time and told him he wasn't as good-looking as his brother, wouldn't get girls and would never amount to anything."
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Frank Langella vs. Frank Nixon
Actor Frank Langella buys into a psycho-biographical portrait of Richard Nixon as an abused child for which there is no evidence: