Skeletor yields Nixon?

Posted by · 7:14 am · December 3rd, 2008

Frank LangellaAnthony Breznican’s USA Today profile of “Frost/Nixon” star Frank Langella is a nice sprint through the actor’s career with nice anecdotes from this year’s Best Actor hopeful.  But sue me for relishing the send-off more than anything else:

In the 1980s, his movie career waned, but one high-profile performance was that skull-faced villain Skeletor in 1987’s Masters of the Universe, based on a hit toy line and cartoon his children watched. “In the end, they couldn’t care less,” he says. “I had a screening for them, and they both fell asleep!…I loved playing Skeletor, and people sometimes say, ‘Aren’t you embarrassed?’ Not in the least! I loved my performance in that. I worked very hard to make him as exciting as I could. It was a great paycheck. But it was also delicious.”

He also wrote some of his own dialogue, including this question to Dolph Lundgren’s muscle-bound hero: “Tell me about the loneliness of good, He-Man. Is it equal to the loneliness of evil?”

The actor pauses as an idea occurs to him. “Sir Thomas More and Richard Nixon,” he says. “I am playing in both of these men the loneliness of good and the loneliness of evil. Jeez, I never thought of it before.”

Langella starts to laugh: “The parallels between these two … Who would have known Skeletor would be the precursor?”

Brilliant.  Read the rest here.

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  • 1 12-03-2008 at 7:22 am

    nick said...

    I used to endlessly watch my VHS of Masters of the Universe and I loved Langella as Skeletor. So cool that he’s still able to have fun with that after all these years. Good on him.

  • 2 12-03-2008 at 7:24 am

    nyla said...

    I love him just for getting “couldn’t care less” (versus the incorrect “could care less”) correct. A crazy pet peeve of mine that drives me batty!

  • 3 12-03-2008 at 10:44 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    “Could care less” is not incorrect. It’s simply a difference of philosophy. “Could” suggests much more willful disagreement than “couldn’t,” as in a person would gladly care less about something. Etc.

  • 4 12-03-2008 at 12:18 pm

    nyla said...

    Hmm…I suppose, but the vast majority of people (>90%) use “could care less” to mean they care so little that it is unlikely they could care less about something.

  • 5 12-03-2008 at 3:05 pm

    michael mckay said...

    Having only seen the trailer for Frost/Nixon…I could care less. But, I felt the same way about Michael Clayton…and I ended up enjoying that film much more then I thought I would.

    I hope the academy sees fit to only nominate one political film for Best Picture (either Milk or Frost/Nixon…but not both), and gives one spot up to The Dark Knight instead.

  • 6 12-03-2008 at 9:28 pm

    Scott Ward said...

    Michael, I hope the Academy nominates the five best films of the year, regardless of what they are about.

  • 7 12-04-2008 at 1:38 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    nyla: I hear you. I just defend each usage.