Frank Langella on the Return of Perry White


In the last few years, actor Frank Langella has been everywhere, in movies and on stage, but he hasn’t done that many interviews for some reason. had a chance to sit down with him to talk about Andrew Wagner’s indie drama Starting Out in the Evening, in which Langella stars as an aging writer, but with another “Superman” movie rumored to be happening and Justice League on the fast track, we had to know if we might see him reprising the role of Perry White, the editor in chief at Clark Kent’s day job The Daily Planet. Fortunately, Warner Bros. was smart enough to get Langella on contract. “Yeah, I’ve got two more to do,” he told us, though he doesn’t know when the next movie might be, “Oh, I don’t know. I think both with the strike and with the fact that they haven’t come up with a really great story yet, I don’t know when the next Superman is going to be. My guess is that it probably won’t be until next year.”

We should probably hear more by the time Langella does the rounds for Ron Howard’s version of Peter Morgan’s stage play Frost/Nixon, but Langella was coerced into telling us a few tidbits about what we might expect from the transition to the screen. “Ron Howard was very respectful, very,” he said. “He was actually adamant that the script be preserved almost to the word, and it was, and maybe in addition of maybe ten or twelve minutes of outside stories about Nixon and Frost, but what happens in their private lives. Patty’s a character and I play the piano in it, and you’ll see me getting into the helicopter, and you see me walking through Yorba Linda and Casa Pacifica. What he did was he mixed in some of Nixon’s private life and some of Frost’s, so that when the combatants come together, we know more about them.” But that was all Mr. Langella was going to say about the anticipated film at this time.

Starting Out in the Evening opens in New York and L.A. on November 23.