Last Thursday IFC local had a benefit... a showing of the Sean Penn movie "The Assassination of Richard Nixon" with a Q&A afterward with the director and writer Niels Mueller. Sean Penn has got to be one of the top three best actors living today. He nails every performance - although they all seem to be pretty dark ones, and this one is no exception. The story is based on Sam Bicke, the man who plotted to assassinate Richard Nixon but the dramatic part is not watching the assassination plot unfold but to see Bicke world, and sanity, unravel through the amazingly subtle acting by Penn.
It was fun to hear the director tell about the travails of getting funding for the movie (which features a plot to fly a hijacked plane into the White House) after 9/11 - even with the commitment of Penn (who agreed to play the part within two days of reading the script.)
Definitely don't miss this one.Posted by npaul at January 18, 2005 7:50 PM