The film opens in selected cities 12/5 and 12/12 with a nationwide release on Christmas Day.
Kevin Bacon portrays retired military officer (and Nixon's chief of staff after the president left office) Lt. Col. Jack Brennan. As Nixon's negotiator in setting up the terms and ground rules for the interviews, Brennan was a bulldog. "Nixon was fascinated with the Marine Corps and, when he was in the White House, he wanted a Marine around him," says Bacon of his character. "When Nixon resigned and retired to San Clemente, he asked Jack to come be his Chief of Staff. So Brennan became his right-hand man."
For the actor, this film represents another collaboration with director Howard. "This is my second Ron Howard film, and it's been a lot of years since we did Apollo 13. It was a great experience for all of us, and I was really enthusiastic to come back and work with him again." Bacon laughs, "He joins a very short list of directors who've actually hired me twice."
Kevin Bacon (Jack Brennan) has appeared in more than 50 films over the past 30 years, encompassing both mainstream hits and acclaimed independent features. He most recently starred in the thriller Death Sentence and completed filming the HBO feature Taking Chance, the true story of Marine Michael Strobl, a military escort assigned to accompany the body of a soldier killed in Iraq on his journey to his hometown.
Bacon earned a Film Independent's Spirit Award nomination for his performance in the controversial 2004 drama The Woodsman which he also executive produced. He also shared in a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Motion Picture Cast as part of the cast of 2003's Mystic River, directed by Clint Eastwood. He previously garnered a Golden Globe Award nomination for his role in Curtis Hanson's 1994 thriller The River Wild. The following year, he received a SAG Award nomination and won a Critics' Choice Award from the Broadcast Film Critics for his work in Murder in the First. In 2000, Bacon became the first honoree of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Young Friends of Film.
A native of Philadelphia, Bacon was the youngest student at the Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York. His early efforts on film included memorable performances in the comedy hits National Lampoon's Animal House and Barry Levinson's Diner. However, it was his starring role in Herbert Ross' smash hit Footloose that propelled Bacon to stardom.