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Sokolsky on the Arts and Entertainment
A weekly program focusing on the arts and entertainment
Frank Langella has gone from Sherlock Holmes to outer space and was once considered the scariest Count Dracula of all time. However, Arts and Entertainment Editor Bob Sokolsky says, some may find his current role even more frightening.

That's because Langella is playing Richard Nixon in Ron Graham's semi-documentary "Frost/Nixon." And that, Sokolsky declares, could be his scariest role of all, at least to some Democrats.

But meanwhile, Langella is joining a list of actors who have played American presidents with varying degrees of success.

That list includes Raymond Massey (Abraham Lincoln), Barry Bostwick and Kelsey Grammer (George Washington), Paul Giamamatti and Hugh O'Brian (John Adams) and Charlton Heston (Andrew Jackson).

Sokolsky now wonders who will play President-Elect Barak Obama in a film biography that is certain to be already under way. But he says he has a clear choice for Mrs. Obama, nominating Angela Bassett for the role.
Episode Date: December 12, 2008
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