Frank Langella admits that Skeletor was his favorite role

Frank Langella is up for the Best Actor Oscar this year for his excellent portrayal of President Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon, but when he was asked what his favorite role was on CBS Sunday Morning, he didn’t mention that one. Or Dracula, the role that made him a ’70s sex symbol, or the evil politician from Dave.

Nope, it’s Skeletor in the enormous late-’80s flop The Masters of the Universe, based on the cartoon. If you haven’t seen it, click here for my review.

Here’s Langella’s interview on CBS Sunday Morning. He’s a brave man, and said he took the role because his son watched the He-Man cartoon. It’s pretty awesome that he starred in a disaster of a B movie for his son’s enjoyment. No wonder he had so much fun with the role. Most actors say that hours of make-up is a pain in the butt, but the very private Langella endured it for his kid, and I respect that. I feel bad for mocking his taking the part now, but he and Billy Barty were really the best parts. To see how he prepared for Nixon, I suggest watching him as Skeletor. You won’t regret it.