Saturday, January 3, 2009

Nixon in Nixon

Sir Anthony Hopkins, in the latest Gramophone:
Music often helps me find a way into roles. I listened to Copland all the time when preparing to play Richard Nixon on film.
Listening to a pinko composer to portray a red-baiting politico! Interesting.... But on the other hand, maybe Hopkins is getting to the heart of Nixon's self-delusion. Mightn't Tricky Dick have styled himself a Coplandesque American folk hero? In related news, Sly Stallone—not to be outdone—now claims that he listened to nothing but old Nixon speeches during the filming of CopLand.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sir A.H. can be a bit of a trickster. I'd like to think he was listening to Vitebsk.

January 5, 2009 at 5:04 PM  

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