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  • The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2014 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.
  • Jeffrey Donovan (Todd Weeks) portrays John F. Kennedy in this film. He previously portrayed Robert F. Kennedy in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar (2011).
  • C. Thomas Howell and Jennifer Jason Leigh appeared in The Hitcher (1986).
  • Woody Harrelson's late father Charles Harrelson was a Texas hitman who had famously claimed to have killed President Kennedy (he was sentenced to life in prison for murdering a Texas judge), but later admitted that he made up the story.
  • Screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, September 8-18, 2016.
  • One of two features films about former Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson which were released in 2016. The other being All the Way (2016).
  • Lyndon B. Johnson continued the F.B.I.'s wiretapping of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that had been previously authorized by the John F. Kennedy Administration. As a result of listening to the F.B.I.'s tapes, remarks on King's extra-marital activities were made by several prominent officials, including Johnson, who once said that King was a "hypocritical preacher".
  • Former President Lyndon B. Johnson is one of four people who have served as President and Vice President, as well as in both houses of Congress.
  • Star Woody Harrelson has appeared in such American politics movies / politically themed pictures as LBJ (2016) where he plays the title character of former Democrat American President Lyndon Johnson, Game Change (2012), Barry Levinson's political satire Wag the Dog (1997), Battle in Seattle (2007), and Welcome to Sarajevo (1997). The following year after LBJ (2016), Harrelson played the title character in _Wilson (2017), but this was not former Democrat American President 'Woodrow Wilson', as with the earlier _Wilson (1944_.
  • This is Gary Grubbs' second film involving the aftermath of the John F. Kennedy assassination. The first being JFK (1991). In that film, he was a member of Jim Garrison's legal team investigating the assassination.
  • This is the second time Jeffery Donovan played a Kennedy in a movie. The first time was in J. Edgar (2011), when he portrayed Robert F. Kennedy. He portrayed John F. Kennedy, Robert's older brother, in this movie. This also makes him the second actor to play both brothers. The first being Martin Sheen.
  • Woody Harrelson had to undergo two hours of make-up application each morning, and one hour for removal in the evening.
  • In an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003), Woody Harrelson said he called Bryan Cranston and asked for advice for the role. Bryan Cranston was also shooting his own Lyndon B. Johnson movie All the Way (2016) around the same time, and Cranston helped him by giving him advice and putting Harrelson in touch with people who knew Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • According to documents, LBJ was once apart of the KKK
  • Woody Harrelson also appears in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018). James Cromwell, who previously played Johnson in 'RFK (2002)(TV)', appeared in First Contact (1996).
  • Director Rob Reiner appeared on 'All in the Family (1971)', which featured a guest appearance by James Cromwell, who played Johnson in 'RFK (2002)(TV)'.
  • During an interview on Charlie Rose (1991), Woody Harrelson said he had been offered to play the part in another biopic on Lyndon B. Johnson and turned down the part, but when Rob Reiner offered him the role in this movie, he couldn't turn down an offer to work with Reiner, calling it a great honor to work with him.
  • The wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson, Claudia Alta Taylor Johnson (played in this movie by Jennifer Jason Leigh), was best-known by her childhood nickname, "Lady Bird." This movie was coincidentally released into U.S. theaters simultaneously with a movie titled "Lady Bird." That movie has nothing to do with the Johnsons or the American presidency, but it was written and directed by Greta Gerwig--now the romantic partner of Leigh's former husband, Noah Baumbach.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson can been seen wearing a pin on his left lapel. This pin has the colors of the Silver Star medal. In World War II, Representative Lyndon B. Johnson visited General Douglas MacArthur in the Pacific. Johnson asked to ride along on a bombing mission. He was awarded the Silver Star, yet no one else on the flight did.
  • The wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson, Claudia Alta Taylor Johnson (played by Jennifer Jason Leigh), was best-known by her childhood nickname, "Lady Bird". This movie was coincidentally released into U.S. theaters simultaneously with Lady Bird (2017). That movie had nothing to do with the Johnsons nor the Presidency, but it was written and directed by Greta Gerwig, the romantic partner of Leigh's former husband, Noah Baumbach.
  • Woody Harrelson was approached about portraying Lyndon B. Johnson by old friend and one-time roommate Rob Moran, but Woody remained hesitant. However, when Rob Reiner later broached him about the biopic, Woody reconsidered.
  • Ironically, Rob Reiner and Woody Harrelson disliked Lyndon B. Johnson immensely, primarily due to his stance on Vietnam. It was only after they'd delved more deeply into his life that they began to see the softer and insecure side of the man.
  • Even though they'd both known each other for years, Director Rob Reiner never actually met Jennifer Jason Leigh in the flesh during this shoot because she arrived each day on the set already in make-up and costume as Lady Bird Johnson. Not until the film wrapped and they shared a flight home, did Rob have the opportunity to re-engage with Jennifer in an informal setting.
  • The "LBJ ordering pants" scene is taken almost verbatim from an actual audio recording of that phone call, available widely on the web.
  • The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2016.
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