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  • 30 January 2014, 20:46

Harry Shearer: Nixon Was Brilliant But Twisted

Actor Harry Shearer has told Sky News Richard Nixon was a "complex" and "remarkable" character to play on the small screen.

The This Is Spinal Tap star takes on the role of the disgraced US president for a new play based on transcripts of real recordings from the Oval Office.

He toldBoulton & Co: "He was a very brilliant man, very intelligent man, very twisted, burning with resentment going all the way back to childhood that he could never get rid of.

"He was the self-made man, a great American man, who then turns into a self-destroyed man."

Shearer, 70, wears a heavy face prosthesis for the role of the politician who resigned in 1974.

"If I look in the mirror and I don't see me, that makes it easier for me to start doing the rest of the work that I have to do to play the character," he said.

The programme is introduced by the late Sir David Frost who famously interviewed Mr Nixon in 1977.

Shearer has lead a varied career, including starring in all 26 seasons of The Simpsons, where he has provided the voices for Mr Burns, Ned Flanders, Reverend Lovejoy and Principal Skinner, among others.

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