USA Today’s Brian Truitt posts some photos of Liam Neeson as Mark Felt in Peter Landesman’s Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (formerly The Silent Man). Felt was known as Deep Throat in All the President’s Men, as a source close to Bob Woodward who tracked down Nixon’s dirty dealings during Watergate. Felt and Woodward were both republicans under a republican president but Woodward was a journalist first and Felt was a patriot first, in stark contrast to the republicans today, who cower and hide from the dirty dealings they see right in plain sight. Landesman tells Truitt that he sees Trump as Nixon and James Comey as Mark Felt.
Felt hid in the shadows and his identity wasn’t discovered until a few years ago. Although Felt, like Comey, was in the FBI, he never wanted anyone to know he’d broken their code and ratted out Nixon. By contrast, Comey was fired instead (Nixon always said he suspected Felt was Deep Throat but he never fired him – maybe he figured Felt could do far more damage as a private citizen).
The film is set for release September 29 and will be distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.
Liam Neeson has yet to win an Oscar for his work, and has only been nominated once for Schindler’s List. There are no clear frontrunners yet in any category so far this year.
More photos and story over at USA Today.