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The clip the first interview from Frost Nixon (2008) with Frank Langella, Michael Sheen
They're Italian, aren't they?
My shoes? I believe so.
Yeah, that's interesting.
You don't find them too effeminate?
Well, I guess somebody in your field
can get away with them, you know.
Manolo, just check my collar, will you?
David, starting with camera two,
in four, three, two. Cue David. And...
Mr. President. Now, we're going to be covering a lot of subjects
in a great deal of detail over the course of these interviews,
but I'd like to begin completely out of context
by asking you one question,
more than any other, almost every American
and people all over the world want me to ask.
Why didn't you burn the tapes?
Son of a bitch!
Well, Mr. Frost, I'm surprised by your question
since we have an agreement, a contractual agreement, I believe,
that we would cover Watergate in our last taping session.
But if your viewers really do have a major concern,
then perhaps I should briefly respond to it now.
What probably very few people realize
is that the taping system in the White House
was set up by my predecessor, President Johnson,
partly to avoid the necessity of having a secretary in every meeting,
The clip the first interview Part 2 from Frost Nixon (2008) with Frank Langella, Kevin Bacon
and partly to ensure there was
a record kept of every verbal agreement,
no matter how off the cuff or casual.
Now, initially, on coming into the White House,
I insisted on dismantling the system.
I hadn't liked the idea at all, but the former President,
President Johnson, had repeatedly said
how crazy it would be to remove the system,
which he felt was the best way...
Well, in boxing, you know, there's always that first moment,
and you see it in the challenger's face.
It's that moment that he feels
the impact from the champ's first jab.
It's kind of a sickening moment, when he realizes that
all those months of pep talks and the hype,
the psyching yourself up, had been delusional all along.
You could see it in Frost's face.
If he didn't know the caliber of the man
that he was up against before the interview started,
he certainly knew it halfway through the President's first answer.
You see, since the best advice is
almost always of the confidential variety,
now the tapes have been made public,
people are unlikely ever to feel comfortable
speaking in confidence at the White House.
The clip the first interview Part 3 from Frost Nixon (2008) with Frank Langella, Oliver Platt
They're less likely to offer that advice. So in the end,
it's the whole political system and,
by implication, it's the country that suffers.
So much for our "ballsy" opening.
So when did you actually decide...
At what moment did you know you were going to resign?
That's good. That's good.
I remember exactly. It was July 23.
After it was clear the Southern Democrats
that were still against impeachment had
had the screws put on them by the Speaker of the House.
That night I said to Al Haig, "Well, that's it. There goes the presidency. "
And, of course, you know, being Al,
he tried to talk me out of it.
And Vice President Ford, I mean, let's not forget
he had the most to gain personally from my stepping down,
he was still absolutely convinced that
we were gonna win the impeachment vote,
and comfortably. John, we have to do something.
We have to move this along.
This is desperate, John. Do something.
Twenty-three minutes on one question?
Okay, let's take a break.
Let's change the tapes. Come on, man.
The clip a break from Frost Nixon (2008) with Frank Langella, Michael Sheen
I'm sorry, gentlemen.
We have to take a break. Tape change.
Oh. Okay, how's that? You getting what you need?
Good. Good. Thank you.
Excuse me. One moment, sir.
Yeah, sure. Take your time.
What are you doing, David? You've got to stop him rambling.
It's all right. These are just introductory exchanges.
But this session only lasts two hours.
Nearly half of it's gone, and we're wasting valuable material, okay?
The moment that he made the decision to resign,
we should be scoring points with that stuff.
Want me to switch to Vietnam?
No. No. We've got to get something
out of that resignation night. All right?
That was Nixon at his lowest point, a total wreck. On his knees?
Praying with Kissinger? Come on, you can nail him with that stuff.
Listen, was that okay?
It didn't sound too arrogant or self-serving?
Not at all. You sounded controlled, even-handed, statesmanlike.
Now continue exactly the same way.
Long answers. Control the space.
Don't let him in.
Okay, got you.
The clip before the interview from Frost Nixon (2008) with Michael Sheen, Rebecca Hall
I shouldn't have ordered that coffee.
Just don't drink any more.
Good luck. Thank you.
I'll be thinking of you.
For the record, I'm gonna be starting with John's idea.
"Why didn't you burn the tapes?"
Please, God, no! You can't.
David, you can't do that. It would be a disaster.
It would get us into Watergate way ahead of the agreed time.
What is the point of having contractually set
specific times to deal with certain subjects
if you're just going to ignore it right off the bat?
'Cause it's war, isn't it? Gloves off.
I like it. It's ballsy.
Strategically, it'll give us the upper hand.
It's insanely risky.
He could walk right off the set,
and there's nothing we could do about it.
Worse, he could sue you!
We were sadly unable to do the taping at Casa Pacifica
because of the Coast Guard radio interference,
so we ended up at the rather more modest Smith house,
which was owned by a local Republican businessman.
Mr. Frost, look over here.
Over here, sir!
Here we go. Back up behind the curb.
A few questions, please.
Right here, Mr. Frost.
David! David! David!
Well, hello there.
Excuse me, fellas.
The clip before the interview Part 2 from Frost Nixon (2008)
Nixon, there's blood on your hands!
Here comes the President!
How are you feeling, Mr. President?
The clip shake hands from Frost Nixon (2008) with Sam Rockwell, Oliver Platt
The Smith family requested that the furniture be put back in place.
They talked to you about that, too?
They're bugging everybody.
You know, I've written four books about him,
but this is the first time I've actually seen him in the flesh.
He's taller than I imagined, and tanned.
The least he could do is look ravaged.
You gonna shake his hand?
Am I gonna shake...
Are you kidding me?
After everything that prick's done to this country?
I'm not gonna shake his hand.
May I present Bob Zelnick, my executive editor?
How do you do?
Pleasure, Mr. President.
And Jim Reston, one of my researchers.
Pleasure to meet you, Mr. Reston.
Excuse me, sir? Got a room for you right here.
Wow. That was devastating, withering.
I mean, I don't think he's ever gonna get over that.
Yeah, fuck off.
I got you guys set up back here.
Now this is your green room.
And the President will be on the large monitor.
Craft services is that way.
The clip worried from Frost Nixon (2008) with Sam Rockwell, Matthew Macfadyen
Why the monkey suit?
David has a film premiere he needs to attend.
What? The night before we start taping?
What's the movie?
It's The Slipper and the Rose.
The Cinderella movie?
Yeah. David's the executive producer.
You don't think it might be an idea for our interviewer
to be rested and focused on the job in hand?
David is a performer of the highest caliber.
He's been in these pressure situations many times before.
Come the hour, he'll be fine. Okay?
What did he say? Did he say "performer"?
Yeah. That's the word he used?
Yeah, he said "performer. "
Not "journalist" or "interviewer"?
No. He said "performer. "
Out of curiosity, where are you at this moment? Psychically?
I am imagining the dust, the darkness,
the agony and the unimaginable loneliness
of the wilderness I am about to be dispatched to
by my Washington political colleagues.
The clip premiere from Frost Nixon (2008) with Michael Sheen, Frank Langella
So any opportunity you get, go right to foreign policy, go right to Mao,
go right to Khrushchev.
Just go right!
You could do all day on foreign policy, sir.
I disagree that the Mao banquet story is stale.
Excuse me, sir. Something I think you should see.
People love that story.
Why don't we save it for the book?
Yeah, right, come on.
David. Mr. Frost.
David, some people in the media have suggested
that you're not the right man for the job,
that you'll be too soft on the President.
What will you do if he stonewalls you?
Well, I shall say so again and again.
But I should say right now that I'm not expecting
his approach to be to stonewall.
I'm hoping that it'll be that of a cascade of candor.
"A cascade of candor"?
From Richard Nixon?
You think that's what you'll get?
No, I just thought it was a phrase that might appeal to you.
So what about the money?
That's a strange fellow.
Started life as a comic, you know.
Is that so? Mmm-hmm.
Almost married Diahann Carroll.
Isn't she black?
Right here in the Frost file, which we put together
as part of our general preparations.
Okay. Let's get back to work.
That's fact, this is fiction.
So now it's about The Slipper and the Rose.
It's a cracker of a movie.
I hope you'll all come and see it, and...
The clip second part from Frost Nixon (2008) with Michael Sheen, Frank Langella
Set. And roll.
We're coming back on camera three in four, three, two and...
Reading the account of those extraordinary final days,
it seems your most emotional moment came
in that heart-to-heart you had with Henry Kissinger.
Was that perhaps the most emotional moment of your career?
Good, good. Yes.
I would say it was about as emotional a moment as I've ever had.
Except, well, you know, it's hard to say
what is the most emotional moment,
because each is different.
I remember the day Eisenhower died.
For God's sake.
And the day I walked my eldest daughter Tricia down the aisle.
And the day during the impeachment hearings
when Julie, that's my youngest, she came into my office,
she threw her arms around me, she kissed me. She cried, you know?
And she so seldom cries.
She said, "Daddy, you're the finest man I know. "
"Daddy, you're the finest man I know"?
"And whatever you do, I will support you.
"You just gotta go through the fire, you know, a little longer. "
This is beautiful.
So Kissinger and I were in the Lincoln Sitting Room,
and together we began to reminisce
about some of the great decisions that we'd participated in.
There was China, the Soviet Union,
the peace settlement in Vietnam.
Now, let me tell you something that I never told anybody.
Whenever I have had a really tough decision to make...
Now, we were in the Lincoln Sitting Room at that time.
I have come into this room for the purpose of praying.
The clip second part Part 2 from Frost Nixon (2008) with Frank Langella, Michael Sheen
"Now, Henry, I'm a Quaker. You're a Jew.
"Neither of us is particularly orthodox,
"but I'd like to think that each of us in our own way
"has a deep religious sensitivity.
"So if you don't mind, could we just have a moment of silent prayer?"
So we knelt down. Now, this was in front of that table where
Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
And then after a few moments, we both got up again, and Henry says...
Is there... I'm sorry.
Is there a problem?
We're over two hours.
Really? So soon?
Well, Mr. President, I gather our time is up.
Gee, now, that's a pity.
You know, I was beginning to enjoy that.
That was terrific, both of you.
We're getting some great material.
You know, it's so funny, too,
because I was expecting questions on Vietnam.
And we prepared for that, hadn't we, Jack?
Yes, so did I.
I guess we just got caught up, you know, reminiscing.
So, day after tomorrow, 10:00, right?
I look forward to it. Bye-bye.
There's no need to say anything.
The clip funding the project from Frost Nixon (2008) with Michael Sheen, Matthew Macfadyen
You seemed very confident last time.
I don't understand. Why this sudden change of heart?
All right, this is just madness. It's Richard Nixon.
These interviews will do mid-30s audience share, minimum.
Jimmy! Yes. Yes, back again, like the proverbial bad penny.
Look, I hate to do this to a friend,
and I know you're already in for more than I asked for,
but I need you to dig a little deeper.
I'm right up against it now.
So, I had a chance to review yesterday's tapes.
Honestly? Far too soft, David.
Go on. Beat me, John. Beat me with a stick.
Look. No, I'm serious.
You have got to make it more uncomfortable for him.
You can start by sitting forward. You've gotta attack more.
If he starts tailing off, bang,
jump in with another question.
Don't trade generalizations.
And above all, don't let him give these self-serving, 23-minute homilies.
Right. And keep your distance
before the tape starts running.
He was toying with you yesterday.
All that shit about Ben-Hur and struggling to raise the money.
Those are mind games. Don't engage.
Never forget, you are in there with a major operator.
The clip after the interview from Frost Nixon (2008) with Sam Rockwell, Oliver Platt
Mr. President! Mr. President!
Mr. President, please!
What are you gonna tell him?
I'm gonna tell him he's gotta get involved.
He's gotta be able to shut him up. Shh.
David, we have some fundamental problems in our approach that I think...
Don't worry, Bob. I'm on it.
We can use some of the Kissinger stuff.
Yeah, but we need to discuss it sooner rather than later...
Look, I'm disappointed, too.
But I wonder, could we possibly spare the post-mortem for now?
I don't mean to minimize it. It's just I've got to get back to LA
to meet some people from Weed Eater.
Thanks, everyone! Great work!
Marv, Lloyd, great day. Bye, David.
I'll see you soon. God bless!
What the hell is Weed Eater?
It's a horticultural mechanism.
One of our sponsors.
What happened to Xerox?
What about General Motors or IBM?
I gather that not all of the blue-chip accounts came through.
We do have Alpo.
Wait, John. We're already taping.
So we're close, right? We're very close?
That's probably a question you should ask David.
Are we close, John?
I believe we're at 30%.
To go? Or 30% sold?
Again, that's probably a question you should...
Sold, 30% sold.
I thought we were practically fully financed.
We were. But the financing was always conditional on advertising sales,
and no one predicted that they'd fall apart like this.
Well, why have they fallen apart? Based on what?
Credibility of the project. What else are advertising sales based on?
Listen, I understand your concern.
But could I ask you to go a little easier on David over the next couple of days,
bearing in mind the extraordinary pressure that he's under?
'Cause at the moment, he's effectively paying for all this himself.
So he's in it for a lot more than just his reputation.
And we're not?
The clip second interview from Frost Nixon (2008) with Frank Langella, Michael Sheen
The Grand Inquisitor!
No, just your friendly neighborhood confidant.
It's okay. We just blew a bulb.
This is why I got all these Secret Service guys around.
There's nothing to worry about.
As a president, you get used to this kind of stuff.
Ed, we gotta get in here and change out this 750, ASAP.
Focus, sir. Yeah.
Okay, we are back. Okay, take it on my count.
Okay, stand by to roll tape. 30 seconds.
You have a pleasant evening last night?
Yes, thank you.
Did you do any fornicating?
David, we're starting with camera two in four,
Three, two and...
Mr. President, you came to office promising peace,
but no sooner did you get into the White House
than US involvement in Vietnam deepened and the war was prolonged
with calamitous consequences.
Did you feel that you'd betrayed the people that had elected you?
Well, Vietnam was not my war.
It was my inheritance.
And it looked to me... Jump in.
...as if the reason for our being there
had perhaps not been adequately understood by the American people.
It seemed to me they hadn't realized
how important a test this was of American credibility.
The whole world was watching to see
if we have the character to see it through.
Now, look, I could have bugged out. I could have.
The clip second interview Part 2 from Frost Nixon (2008) with Frank Langella, Sam Rockwell
I could have blamed it on my predecessors.
I could have pulled the troops out of Vietnam early,
and very possibly, I would have won
some Scandinavian peace prize into the bargain.
But I believed in the cause.
And sometimes, you know, what you believe in, it's the harder path.
You might even say that I was the last casualty of the Vietnam War.
Yeah, tell that to the paraplegics.
Come on, David, Cambodia.
And Cambodia? An invasion which everybody advised you against.
All the CIA and Pentagon intelligence suggested it would fail.
So why did you do it?
Well, first of all,
as a result of our incursion into Cambodia, we picked up 22,000 rifles,
15 million rounds of ammunition, 150,000 rockets, mortars.
That's all belonging to the North Vietnamese,
which would only otherwise have been directed
right onto American soldiers.
But one of the principal justifications you gave for the incursion
was the supposed existence of
the "headquarters of the entire Communist military operation in South Vietnam,"
a sort of "bamboo Pentagon" which proved not to exist at all.
No, no. Wait a minute there. No, I was... And by sending...
And by sending B-52s to carpet bomb a country,
wiping out whole civilian areas,
you end up radicalizing a once moderate people,
uniting them in anti-American sentiment
and creating a monster in the Khmer Rouge
that would lead to civil war...
All right! ... and genocide.
Yes, good, good, good. There it is.
Okay, run VT.