Frost Nixon (2008): Meeting

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The clip meeting from Frost Nixon (2008) with Matthew Macfadyen, Michael Sheen

David, I'd like you to meet...
The clip meeting from Frost Nixon (2008) with Matthew Macfadyen, Michael Sheen

David, I'd like you to meet Jim Reston and Bob Zelnick,
our two prospective corner men.
Delighted to meet you.
Come on in. Make yourselves at home.
Bob's been Washington correspondent
for Public Radio for the past 10 years.
Moving to ABC in the new year.
The general feeling, David,
is that I have been wasting my matinee idol looks on radio.
Jim here teaches at the University of North Carolina
and is writing a book about the criminal dishonesty, corruption,
paranoia and abuses of power of Richard Nixon.
Second on the subject.
Fourth.
Well, delighted to have you both aboard.
Actually, before I sign on, I would like to hear
what you were hoping to achieve with this interview.
What I want to achieve?
Yeah.
Jim, well, I've secured 12 taping days.
That's close to 30 hours
with the most compelling and controversial politician
of our times.
Isn't that enough?
Well, not for me.
Look, I'd be giving up a year of my life. I'm leaving my family
to work on a subject matter that means more
than you can probably imagine,
and the idea of doing all that
without achieving what I want to, personally,
would be unthinkable to me.
No, all right.
Well, what is it that you want to achieve?
I'd like to give Richard Nixon the trial he never had.
Of course, we'll be asking difficult questions.
Difficult questions.
The man lost 21,000 Americans
and a million Indo-Chinese during his administration.
He only escaped jail because of Ford's pardon.
Yes, but equally, going after him in some knee-jerk way,
you know, assuming he's a terrible guy,
wouldn't that only create more sympathy for him than anything else?
You know...
Right now, I submit it's impossible
to feel anything close to sympathy for Richard Nixon.
He devalued the presidency,
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