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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).
  • The movie reunites C. Thomas Howell and Jennifer Jason Leigh who both appeared in The Hitcher (1986) around thirty years earlier.
  • Woody Harrelson's late father Charles Harrelson was a Texas hit-man 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, Sept. 8-18, 2016.
  • One of two features films about former American Democrat President Lyndon Johnson which were made and first released in the year of 2016. The films are LBJ (2016) and All the Way (2016).
  • Democrat President Lyndon Johnson continued the FBI's wiretapping of Martin Luther King Jr'., that had been previously authorized by the Kennedy Administration of President John F. Kennedy. As a result of listening to the FBI'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".
  • Democrat President Lyndon 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's second film involving the aftermath of the 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 2nd time Jeffery Donovan plays a Kennedy in a movie. The first time was in J. Edgar when he portrayed Robert F. Kennedy. He will portray John F. Kennedy, Robert's older brother. This also makes him the second actor to play both brothers: Martin Sheen has also played them both.
  • Woody Harrelson had to undergo two hours of makeup application each morning, and one hour for removal of same at the end of each shoot.
  • In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Woody Harrelson said he called Bryan Cranston and asked for advice for the role, Bryan Cranston was also shooting his own LBJ movie All the Way (2016) at around the same time. And Cranston did help him by giving advice and putting Harrelson in touch with people who knew LBJ.
  • 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 the "The Charlie Rose Show", Woody Harrelson said he had been offered to play the part in another biopic on LBJ and turned down the part but when Rob Reiner offered him the role in his movie, he couldn't turn down an offer to work with Rob 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.
  • LBJ can been seen wearing a pin on his left lapel. This pin has the colors of the Silver Star medal. In WWII congressman LBJ visited MacArthur in the Pacific. LBJ asked to ride along a bombing mission. LBJ 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 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--the romantic partner of Leigh's former husband, Noah Baumbach.
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