The former lawmaker also made light of Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) more than 21-hour speech against ObamaCare on the Senate floor earlier that day, saying he wanted to keep his remarks short because “there have been enough filibusters today.”

The flick’s director, Peter Landesman, told moderator and MSNBC host Chris Matthews (a major JFK buff) during a Q&A session that he and co-producer Tom Hanks had two things in mind when they conceived the movie nearly four years earlier: “That we would show you nothing you would have seen before, and that all of it would be true.”


The movie, which stars James Badge Dale, Zac Efron, and Marcia Gay Harden, is based on Vincent Bugliosi’s nonfiction book, Four Days in November.

“Parkland” opens at the West End Cinema in Washington on Oct. 4.