The car park under an office building in Rosslyn Virginia is entirely unremarkable save for a plaque erected outside nearly a decade ago.
‘Mark Felt – second in command in the FBI – met Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward here in this parking garage to discuss the Watergate scandal’ it says.
‘Woodward’s managing editor Howard Simons gave Felt the code name ‘Deep Throat’.
Woodward’s promise not to reveal his source was kept until Felt announced his role as Deep Throat in 2005’.
Watergate – which toppled President Richard Nixon – has been much referenced during the era of Donald Trump and the roles of Woodward and fellow reporter Carl Bernstein were immortalised by Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman in the 1976 film All the President’s Men.
But Felt – who died aged 95 in 2008 – was a shadowy presence in that movie and remains similarly unilluminated in the public consciousness.
That changes on Friday when he gets his own heavyweight portrayal in the film Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House – a political thriller that retells the story of Watergate from Deep Throat’s perspective.
Liam Neeson – the Northern Ireland-born actor whose credits include Schindler’s List – Love Actually – Star Wars and Taken – has won critical praise for his performance in the title role.