Skip to comments.Hugh Hewitt: Ron Howard discusses Richard Nixon and his Oscar nominated film, Frost/Nixon
Posted on 01/28/2009 10:26:19 AM PST by EveningStar
HH: If youve listened to this program, you know that I worked for Richard Nixon from 1978-1980, and then again from 89-91. I knew him pretty well, I knew him very well in those years. So when Frost/Nixon came out, I sort of was going to be skeptical. What would they do with Jack Brennan? What would they do with the old man? And I loved it. Joining me now to discuss it, Ron Howard, the director/producer of it. Ron, welcome back, good to talk to you.
RH: Thank you, good to talk to you, Hugh.
HH: Congratulations on the movie. What did you learn about Nixon that you didnt know when you started?
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So let me ask you about the controversial part, which is the conversation between Nixon and Frost which the Nixon people say does not happen, didnt happen in real life.
HH: Why use that device?
RH: Well, we said, of course, we say it didnt happen. I mean, its an example of creative license, but creative license born out of research and a desire to offer a more comprehensive sense of both of these characters.And of course, the president was known for some of these rambling, late night phone calls, and not that he was any kind of a heavy drinker, but by all accounts, very light-headed. And you know, I mean if he had a couple of drinks, and if he was taking any sleep medication or anything like that, which he was also, would sometimes do, these calls, he wouldnt always remember them the next day. And so when Peter Morgan bumped into that in the research, he was looking for a way to have a really personal confrontation between he and Frost off the record that would allow him as the writer, and us as the audience, to really understand that as different as these guys were in personality and outward appearances, they had so much in common.
A bit stilted "plot device". "he was drunk and called him and used expressions that showed he was uncomfortable..."
Eisenhower -- dumb and boring
Kennedy -- god-like
Johnson -- Good man, overwhelmed by Vietnam, sad story, let's forget about him.
Nixon -- can't call him dumb, so let's call him evil.
Ford -- Dumb.
Carter -- Brilliant.
Reagan -- Dumb
Bush I -- Dumb.
Clinton -- Brilliant.
Bush II -- Dumb.
Obama -- Brilliant.
All the Democrats are brilliant. All the Republicans are dumb -- the only exception is Nixon. They couldn't call him dumb, so they called him evil and hated him all the more.
Ronnie’s a good Goebbels propagandist (he was during the election.)
I would amend your description. Bush II - dumbest man ever born (until the next republican is elected).
I try to cut Ron a bit of slack because he directed Apollo 13, one of my favorite movies.
I agree. I thought about making a very similar point by listing Carter, Clinton and Obama each as “The most brilliant man ever elected president”. The portrayal of these people by the press is just cartoony. It still staggers me that a guy with a degree from Yale, an MBA from Harvard, a man who can fly a jet, with a successful track record in state-level politics and in business, who runs two successful campaigns for president, can be portrayed as the dumbest man ever born. But there it is.
Somehow, using their dented liberal brains, it made perfect sense that he could be both at the same time.
He and his daddy andy are both red commies.
I NO LONGER give slack....these people are helping this nation march toward socialism/communism....they are to be SCORNED...if not worse.
I heard the interview yesterday. Hugh is good at drawing people out.
Sadly, most people who see this movie will believe every word of it.
OTOH, nobody will see this pos who doesn't already believe every word of it.
Interesting to read that Ron Howard claims to have voted for Nixon (only he knows for sure and such a claim could be used to brush off his critics), that he knows that Nixon put a number of socially “progressive” programs (and judicial nomination) into place, and yet still decries his politics (claiming that Frank Langella was politically opposite, does that mean that he OPPOSED the socially progressive issues Nixon supported?).
I guess it’s just the “Republican half” of Nixon that was evil.
Perhaps he should do a film investigating LBJ’s own corruption and abuse of power.
Mine too...but if you listen to the dialog very carefully, Howard does have a couple of throw away lines that are jabs at what he perceives as conservative positions.
I watched the Nixon/Frost interviews on TV. The movie is BS. Pretty much nobody cared at the time and nothing interesting came out of them.
Jimmy Carter ALSO pronounced the word nuclear as “nukular” and he served on a nuclear submarine.
“The portrayal of these people by the press is just cartoony.”
So true. Unfortunately, those “brilliant” liberals buy it. I had a conversation with a hopelessly liberal person this week (a person with an advanced degree, thus uber-brilliant). When discussing moving Gitmo’s finest to Supermax, I argued that with the porous southern border, it would be very easy for terrorists to come up to CO, and take an elementary school hostage to try to extort the release of their buddies. This person said that if that happened it was still worth the loss so that we live up to our Constitutional principles (from a lawyer, no less). I’m still speechless.
Liberals are the real mouthbreathers. Their only guage for measuring intelligence in others is whether or not they agree with them. They are very adept at recognizing evil, however. Each and every one is evil to the core — Ron Howard being in the forefront.
Went with another friend(conservative) and his son. Now mind you, this boy is around conservatives all the time except when he is in a charter christian high school. After the movie we went to get a bite to eat but my purpose was to hear the young man's impression of the movie. He thought that the movie was good and he felt that Nixon was a buffoon(his words). When we went over the movie it was amazing how much of the movie he thought was fact and not artistic license. We tried to explain the truth. He seemed slightly skeptical until I told him that the part that Sam Rockwell plays was how I felt about Nixon in those exact days and months leading up to the resignation and for some time after. The point that we tried to stress to him was that history has a present and a future. Most times history is best judged with the passage of time so that events and people can be put in their proper perspective.
When did she get elected president? I musta missed that news flash.
This was disgusting. I thought Hewitt was going to tongue him as they embraced. Howard is a disgusting liberal hack. And his brother is the original UGLY!
Isn’t Hewitt friends with Clint Howard or at least has had him on the program several times?
I would love to see a real documentary on the real “watergate” which was nothing more than an attempt to recover compromising photos of a prostitute.