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The Film That Lit My Fuse: ‘The Trial Of The Chicago 7’s Frank Langella

Frank Langella

The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences, and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.

Every installment asks the same five questions. Today’s subject is Frank Langella, a much-garlanded actor with near 60 years of performances under his belt. Best known for his work on stage, Langella has won four Tony Awards, for performances in Seascape, Fortune’s Fool, Frost/Nixon and The Father (the latter turned into a movie this year with Anthony Hopkins in Langella’s part). But he’s also made a name onscreen, receiving an Oscar nomination for Ron Howard’s cinematic transfer of Frost/Nixon, and reprising his role in another stage transfer, Dracula. His most recent turn, as Judge Julius Hoffman in Aaron Sorkin’s ensemble picture The Trial of the Chicago 7, means he shares in the cast’s SAG Awards Outstanding Cast nomination.

In 2012, Langella published a memoir, Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them, that told his life story through his interactions with iconic figures of the 20th Century who had subsequently passed away, ordering his encounters by the date of their death. It’s with a bittersweet note that he tells Deadline he’s at work on a follow-up, revealing that he has recently finished the latest chapter following the passing of Christopher Plummer last month.

For The Film That Lit My Fuse, he relives a few of his earlier anecdotes, and shares the wit and wisdom he picked up in a lifetime dedicated to acting.

Check out the video above.

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