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Ron Howard Apes Richard Nixon: “Don’t come up behind me like that!” Cracks the Director-Cum-Impressionist

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I am not a politician!

Ron: I am not a politician!

In a Wilshire & Washington interview about his latest directorial effort, Frost/Nixon, which tells the story of British talk-show host David Frost’s 1977 interview series with Richard Nixon – for which the then-resigned president was paid big bucks – Ron launches into a dead-on impression of Tricky Dick.

“Everybody that you interview who knew Nixon – no matter how much they loved him – they can’t help but do ‘Richard Nixon’ at some point,” Ron tells W&W host Ted Johnson.

“You know, he said to me, ‘Please don’t come up behind me like that!’ And they have to do that and it’s so funny, which is why I really wanted Oliver Platt [in his role as Bob Zelnick, executive producer of the Nixon-Frost interviews] to go full-out in his scene,” says Ron.

To hear more from Ron about Frost/Nixon, which opens Dec. 5 and stars Frank Langella as Nixon, click here.