When a historical event is recreated in film, it’s important to get every little detail correct. This is something that writer and director Peter Landesman had to take into consideration when filming his new movie, Parkland. With the movie outlining the horrific event of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Landesman faced a challenge when it came to the starring role of the infamous Lincoln Continental that drove Kennedy to his death in 1963.
Because the actual convertible limousine is encased at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, Landesman had to be a bit more on the creative side, creating a special model for his own use. The replica of the 1961 Lincoln Continental was similar to the actual model, but not perfect. Landesman admits this himself: “You can’t look too close at it, but it did just fine.” It was similar enough for Billy Bob Thornton, though, who will act in the film as a Secret Service agent who was part of the motorcade.
“It was pretty chilling seeing the car and the motorcade,” says Thornton.
Parkland is set to release on September 20th and will star Thornton, Zac Efron and Paul Giamatti. Stop by your local theater and see if you can notice the difference between the recreation and original!
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