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Interview: Frank Langella Spends Some Time Discussing ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’

The Trial of the Chicago 7. Frank Langella as Julius Hoffman in The Trial of the Chicago 7. Cr. Niko Tavernise/NETFLIX © 2020

Talking to a legend like Frank Langella is a privilege. It just is. An Academy Award nominee, as well as one of the more distinctively voiced actors in Hollywood, Langella is one-of-a-kind. Of course, 2020 saw him turn in reliably sterling work in Aaron Sorkin‘s film The Trial of the Chicago 7. My rave review of the movie is here (my number three title of 2020, if you recall), but Langella is one of the reasons why the ensemble is so terrific. As such, getting the opportunity to talk to him for a few minutes was one no one in their right mind would ever turn down. Despite the rumors, my mind is right, so I was more than eager to chat him up recently.

Below, you can hear my conversation with Langella. As you might imagine, a man of his age and stature is very to the point, so he didn’t pull his punches, which is quite the delight. The Trial of the Chicago 7 was a main focus, obviously, but we talk a bit about his ability to play villains so well. plus, I couldn’t resist mentioning his early work in Mel Brooks‘ flick The Twelve Chairs. Langella is an acting treasure, so I hope you all appreciate him as much as I do. Give a listen to our discussion and be sure to watch him recite Sorkin dialogue with the best of them. If you somehow haven’t seen The Trial of the Chicago 7 yet, rectify that immediately…

Here now is my interview with Frank Langella. Enjoy:

Langella can be seen in The Trial of the Chicago 7, available now on Netflix!

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