From motorcade chaos to the emergency room and the emotional shock waves that followed, the personal story lines surrounding President John F. Kennedy's assassination play out in the upcoming movie “Parkland.”
The ensemble drama is directed by former investigative reporter Peter Landesman. He says Texas was chosen because JFK's assassination is a Texas story, and it wouldn't have been right to make the movie anywhere else. Austin specifically was chosen because of the Austin State Hospital, to resemble the Parkland hospital in Dallas where President Kennedy was transported.
"We needed a hospital that was Parkland," Landesman said. "Parkland has been consumed many times over by the modern Parkland in Dallas. The Austin State Hospital is an abandoned psychiatric hospital that was exactly the same era, the exact same sensibility."
Though the emergency room scenes in the film are rather bloody, Landesman says they were actually more visceral originally and then edited down to a consumable level.
“I wanted to take the audience on a ride through what that was really like," he said. "As much blood as you saw on the screen, it was nothing next to what was really there.”
“Parkland” opens in theaters everywhere Oct. 4. Check out the video above to find out more, and be sure to tune in to next week's “Lone Star Scene" to hear from specific cast members about their experience playing some of the historic characters connected to the tragedy.