Thursday, April 22, 2010


Today we're celebrating the birthday of Jack Nicholson in the "As Seen On TV" feature, but it's also the birthday of Richard M. Nixon. And he's had nearly as extensive a presence in Toobworld as have Presidents Washington, Lincoln, and Kennedy.

In 2005, a TV movie was broadcast in Russia entitled "Brezhnev". It covered the last month of his life, with flashbacks to how he came to power in the former Soviet Socialist Republic.

There was one character in the film simply called "The Visitor", played by Sergey Garmash. Now it could be that this was one of those movies in which they went for some symbolism, and The Visitor could have been the embodiment of Death. But it could also be that Garmash might have been playing American President Richard Nixon, whose summit meetings with the Soviet Premier must surely have been an important point in Brezhnev's life, deserving of coverage in the story. I have no clue as to what Sergey Garmash looks like, so I don't even know if this is him. (So many of the character roles in the listing for "Brezhnev" have been left blank.) But this actor does bear some resemblance to Nixon, and I'm going to assume that it is a televersion of our 37th President.


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