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First look at Woody Harrelson in Rob Reiner's LBJ biopic

09.16.2016

I have a soft spot for Rob Reiner. I love SPINAL TAP with all of my being (probably helps having been in a metal band myself), as well as PRINCESS BRIDE, STAND BY ME, and countless others. Hell, even NORTH isn't as bad as it's reputation (not saying it's good, just that it's not the worst thing ever).

Which is why I'm looking forward to his new biopic, LBJ, about the life of Lyndon B.  Johnson (the second Johnson biopic to come out this year, after Bryan Cranston's take in the HBO movie ALL THE WAY). This time ol' LBJ will be played by Woody Harrelson and about 30-lbs of prothetic make-up. Here's a clip from the film to give us a taste of Harrelson's performance: 

Honestly, this looks good. And, besides a few Uncanny Valley moments, I feel Harrelson's performance overcomes the prosthetics (which aren't bad, per se, but still a bit distracting). He gives Johnson gravitas, while simultaneously showcasing his folksy charm and humor. Johnson himself was an interesting figure, as he was both instrumental in helping push through Civil Rights laws, but also with instituting the draft for the Vietnam War. It'll be interesting to see how the film deals with him.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to this. Like I said, I love Reiner, even if his last few films haven't quite hit the mark (like THE BUCKET LIST). At least the last time he made a film about a president it was in the Aaron Sorkin-penned AMERICAN PRESIDENT, which I remember being a nice, fun romantic-comedy.   

LBJ will be released in theaters September 9th, 2016. 

Extra Tidbit: Lyndon B. Johnson once pissed on a Secret Service Agent, just to prove a point.
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11:49PM on 09/17/2016
Regardless of the quality of this film can I just request people explain in a little bit more detail why they hate LBJ. I'm just asking as a huge fan of history and someone who loves to get different perspectives.
Regardless of the quality of this film can I just request people explain in a little bit more detail why they hate LBJ. I'm just asking as a huge fan of history and someone who loves to get different perspectives.
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2:27AM on 09/18/2016
He sent us to the Vietnam war based on a lie. The Gulf of Tonkin incident NEVER happened, and he knew that, yet he said it did.
He sent us to the Vietnam war based on a lie. The Gulf of Tonkin incident NEVER happened, and he knew that, yet he said it did.
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8:01PM on 09/17/2016
Just like in the case with Anthony Hopkins in HITCHCOCK: I'm seeing a great actor in prosthetics.
Just like in the case with Anthony Hopkins in HITCHCOCK: I'm seeing a great actor in prosthetics.
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3:44PM on 09/17/2016
Fuck that was horrible. That looks like Woody playing LBJ under 30lbs of prosthetics . No fucking thanks
Fuck that was horrible. That looks like Woody playing LBJ under 30lbs of prosthetics . No fucking thanks
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2:17PM on 09/17/2016
Big fan of LBJ, I consider him the more underrated presidents. Everybody likes to sit around and second guess, but he was in a lose-lose situation with Vietnam and he did far more for civil rights than JFK. LBJ was a man's man. Not surprised to see the wussified generations knocking him.
Big fan of LBJ, I consider him the more underrated presidents. Everybody likes to sit around and second guess, but he was in a lose-lose situation with Vietnam and he did far more for civil rights than JFK. LBJ was a man's man. Not surprised to see the wussified generations knocking him.
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7:28PM on 09/17/2016
He sent us to the Vietnam war based on a lie. The Gulf of Tonkin incident NEVER happened, and he knew that, yet he said it did.

You don't see anything wrong with that?
He sent us to the Vietnam war based on a lie. The Gulf of Tonkin incident NEVER happened, and he knew that, yet he said it did.

You don't see anything wrong with that?
11:52PM on 09/17/2016
I'm completely anti-PC generation, that being said I don't really get the critique of LBJ as a man' man. Also while I'll give you that he did do more than JFK on Civil Rights you need to take into account the fact that JFK was killed before he really got to accomplish everything he had planned on.
I'm completely anti-PC generation, that being said I don't really get the critique of LBJ as a man' man. Also while I'll give you that he did do more than JFK on Civil Rights you need to take into account the fact that JFK was killed before he really got to accomplish everything he had planned on.
10:01PM on 09/16/2016

HAAAHAAA

Oh my fuck this looks awful. That has to be the WORST makeup job I have ever seen. The Cranston LBJ was tolerable just because he is a great actor, but do we really need MORE stuff about this horrible president and human being? No , we do not. Come on, Woody.....
Oh my fuck this looks awful. That has to be the WORST makeup job I have ever seen. The Cranston LBJ was tolerable just because he is a great actor, but do we really need MORE stuff about this horrible president and human being? No , we do not. Come on, Woody.....
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7:53PM on 09/16/2016
LBJ was an awful President and an awful man. He sent us to the Vietnam war based on a lie. The Gulf of Tonkin incident NEVER happened, and he knew that, yet he said it did.
LBJ was an awful President and an awful man. He sent us to the Vietnam war based on a lie. The Gulf of Tonkin incident NEVER happened, and he knew that, yet he said it did.
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8:44PM on 09/16/2016
He's also famous for dropping N-bombs and bragging that black people would be automatic Dem voters for a hundred years. Pretty terrible human being.
He's also famous for dropping N-bombs and bragging that black people would be automatic Dem voters for a hundred years. Pretty terrible human being.
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