How Frank Langella sidestepped the crash

Frank Langella
Frank Langella

CANNES -- Tony winner and Oscar nominee Frank Langella can explain how he emerged from the financial collapse unscathed. For the most part.

"When I was shooting Frost/Nixon in 2007, I woke up one morning with no intellectual thought, just some kind of old-lady, Italian-emotional thing that I shouldn't be in the stock market," he recalled at the Cannes Film Festival this week. "And I called my accountant and I said, 'Take everything I have out of the market -- my equities, my bonds, whatever you've done.' And he said, 'Why?' And I said, 'I can't tell you why. I just don't want to be there any more. I don't want my money at anyone's mercy but mine.' "