In 'Parkland,' Jeremy Strong IS Oswald
05:00 AM, Jul 29, 2013
Billy Bob Thornton had several surreal moments shooting Parkland, which focuses on the disturbing days following the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
But none more so than a scene he played alongside Jeremy Strong, who portrays Lee Harvey Oswald, the sniper who assassinated the president. Thornton said he was stunned to see the likeness before him.
“When they lead him down the hallway, I’m telling you it was uncanny how much this kid looked like Oswald,” says Thornton. “Especially when they put him in that jacket Oswald wore. I remember that jacket. We all do.
“Jeremy was just so good in this part,” says Thornton.
Writer/director Peter Landesman calls Strong’s portrayal “eerily accurate.” The movie explores Oswald’s actions in the days following the killing and deals with Oswald’s brother (played by James Badge Dale) and mother (Jacki Weaver).
“It’s a Lee Harvey Oswald that no one has ever seen before,” says Landesman.
Strong has acted in films ranging from Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln to Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. In Parkland, Thornton said, Strong was so deep into character that he left the actor alone on set.
“I could tell he was very, very into Oswald right then,” says Thornton. But once filming wrapped, Thornton invited Strong out for “a cup of tea.”
“I said, ‘Listen man, I was leaving you alone on set, but it excites me when actors come up that remind me of when I was coming up, the dedication of being in a character,’ ” says Thornton. ” I said, ‘I’m going to remember you.’ “