I play Harold Nelson in Nixon’s the One starring Harry Shearer as Richard M. Nixon. Nelson was a milk lobbyist involved in a shady deal with the Nixon White House, allegedly $2 million in campaign contributions for some political favors, including getting the federally influenced price of milk raised.
The dialogue in Nixon’s the One is taken verbatim from the infamous audio tapes. The show’s title is taken from the highly effective, but oft parodied, campaign slogan that helped Nixon win the Presidency in 1968. But let’s get real here: Harry Shearer is the one!
Nixon’s the One is first broadcast on Sky Arts 1 HD on April 26th, 2012, at 9 pm in the UK.
Doctor Who fans will note my Nixon deja vu. To be in two different shows with Nixon in the last year? Are the Fates trying to tell me something? Perhaps. Whereas some meet their Waterloo, will I be meeting my Watergate?
NIXON’S THE ONE who said…
“People react to fear, not love — they don’t teach that in Sunday School, but it’s true.”
“I’m glad I’m not Brezhnev. Being the Russian leader in the Kremlin. You never know if someone’s tape recording what you say.”
“Sure there are dishonest men in local government. But there are dishonest men in national government too.”
“I’m not a crook.”
“When the President does it, that means that it’s not illegal.”
“You must pursue this investigation of Watergate even if it leads to the President. I’m innocent. You’ve got to believe I’m innocent. If you don’t, take my job.”
“The Cold War isn’t thawing; it is burning with a deadly heat. Communism isn’t sleeping; it is, as always, plotting, scheming, working, fighting.”
“Let us begin by committing ourselves to the truth to see it like it is, and tell it like it is, to find the truth, to speak the truth, and to live the truth.”
Words to live by indeed.