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First look at Woody Harrelson as Lyndon B. Johnson from Rob Reiner's LBJ

09.25.2015

Rob Reiner has been trying to get a movie made about Lyndon B. Johnson for years now, and production on LBJ finally kicked off earlier this week, with Woody Harrelson playing the 36th President of the United States. EW has a first look at Harrelson as Johnson, and I think you guys are going to be very impressed with the actor's transformation for the role. The upcoming biopic also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh as Lady Bird Johnson, Bill Pullman as Senator Ralph Yarborough, Jeffrey Donovan as JFK, Kim Allen as Jacqueline Kennedy and Richard Jenkins as Senator Richard Russell.

Check it out:

Official Synopsis:

On November 22, 1963, one president's life was taken and a new leader emerged — Lyndon Johnson. Rob Reiner's film LBJ tells the story of a politician who was at risk of fading into irrelevancy but, upon Kennedy's death, seized his moment to rescue a nation and claim his place as one of America's most important presidents. The film offers an intimate look at Johnson's masterful political maneuvering and handling of the presidential powers during one of the most difficult weeks in this country's history.

Back in June, Rob Reiner explained why he wanted to make LBJ:

During the sixties, I was a hippy and Lyndon Johnson was my president. At the time LBJ was the target of most of my generation’s anti-Vietnam-War anger. But as time has passed and my understanding of political realities has grown; I’ve come to see LBJ in a very different light. He was a complex man; a combination of brilliant political instinct, raw strength, ambition, and deep insecurities. The strength and power of persuasion that he showed to his colleagues existed alongside of a soft, almost childlike quality that perhaps only Lady Bird got to see. His life’s path was nothing short of Shakespearean. From the poor hill country of West Texas to the corridors of power in Washington, he used his brilliant political acumen to pass the most groundbreaking civil rights legislation of the twentieth century. And had it not been for the Vietnam War, I believe he would have gone down as one of America’s greatest presidents.

LBJ currently doesn't have a release date, however it is expected to hit theaters sometime in 2016.

Source: EWEmpire

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4:47PM on 09/27/2015
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8:04AM on 09/26/2015
Wow, that's pretty good actually.
Wow, that's pretty good actually.
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1:42AM on 09/26/2015

complex man?

nup... just an asshole...
nup... just an asshole...
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3:07PM on 09/25/2015
First off, great work on Woody. There aren't actors in Hollywood that possess LBJ's rough features, but when I heard Woody Harrelson was going to play the man, I knew they'd at least have an actor with the swagger.

LBJ was not a great president, but a lot of Washington insiders point to him as being a great political mind, and fifty years later historians are all over this guy and what he really stood for, because Vietnam really did end up fucking up his legacy. He's not a guy whose motives
First off, great work on Woody. There aren't actors in Hollywood that possess LBJ's rough features, but when I heard Woody Harrelson was going to play the man, I knew they'd at least have an actor with the swagger.

LBJ was not a great president, but a lot of Washington insiders point to him as being a great political mind, and fifty years later historians are all over this guy and what he really stood for, because Vietnam really did end up fucking up his legacy. He's not a guy whose motives were black-and-white. I think it'll be interesting to see an old hippie take on LBJ from his perspective. It will also be interesting to see Rob Reiner make a good movie again.
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11:52PM on 09/26/2015
LBJ was a terrible President because he based the Vietnam war on a 100% lie. The Gulf of Tonkin incident never happened.
LBJ was a terrible President because he based the Vietnam war on a 100% lie. The Gulf of Tonkin incident never happened.
12:27PM on 09/25/2015
A movie depicting LBJ as a great President, huh?...Ya, LBJ lying about the Gulf of Tonkin incident that started the Vietnam war was a great thing. smh
A movie depicting LBJ as a great President, huh?...Ya, LBJ lying about the Gulf of Tonkin incident that started the Vietnam war was a great thing. smh
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12:24PM on 09/25/2015

Another Revisionist Tale from Dippy Hippy Hollywood

Just in time for election season.

But I don't suppose they'll portray the reality of their War on Poverty hero:

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Oh, so Shakespearean. Give me a break.

And by the way, LBJ and the Democrats had next to nothing to do with Civil Rights legislation:

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Just in time for election season.

But I don't suppose they'll portray the reality of their War on Poverty hero:

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Oh, so Shakespearean. Give me a break.

And by the way, LBJ and the Democrats had next to nothing to do with Civil Rights legislation:

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1:12PM on 09/25/2015
All your friends must have killed themselves rather than be a part of your right-wing crusade to have the white man's burden reflected more to your world view in Hollywood programming. Let us all know when you've changed their hearts and minds, champ. Until then, consider sparing us your tenuous grasp of world affairs, you fucking tool.
All your friends must have killed themselves rather than be a part of your right-wing crusade to have the white man's burden reflected more to your world view in Hollywood programming. Let us all know when you've changed their hearts and minds, champ. Until then, consider sparing us your tenuous grasp of world affairs, you fucking tool.
1:50PM on 09/25/2015
Keep preaching the truth Moat Man. Too many sheeple in this world.
Keep preaching the truth Moat Man. Too many sheeple in this world.
6:07PM on 09/25/2015
@Darth Jeff

Ad hominems are the result of having no legitimate argument in debate.

Which is why uneducated children such as yourself should be seen and not heard, since you clearly have no idea what you're talking about.

This isn't right-wing anything. It's basic factual reality. You may not like that, but that's the way it is anyway.

And if you had any idea what you were talking about, maybe you could intelligently debate it rather than publicly advertising your stupidity by
@Darth Jeff

Ad hominems are the result of having no legitimate argument in debate.

Which is why uneducated children such as yourself should be seen and not heard, since you clearly have no idea what you're talking about.

This isn't right-wing anything. It's basic factual reality. You may not like that, but that's the way it is anyway.

And if you had any idea what you were talking about, maybe you could intelligently debate it rather than publicly advertising your stupidity by resorting to ad hominem.

Now please enjoy, as I openly defy you and continue to rightly correct Hollywood's revisionist garbage, as should always be done with unthinking leftist idiocy. Remember, everything liberals claim is always in need of correction.

This is where your progressive pea-brain types out another ad hominem in the absence of legitimate argumentation. I now give you permission to do so. Jump!

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