T h e s mok i n g g u n

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Full dis­clo­sure on Stephen King’s time travel mystery thriller

Book worm

To por­tray Lee Har­vey Oswald, Aus­tralian ac­tor Daniel Web­ber de­voured as much lit­er­a­ture and ma­te­rial as he could about Kennedy’s assassin. That in­cluded bi­ogra­phies on Oswald, his mother and wife, as well as per­spec­tives from friends, psy­chol­o­gists and re­porters who had writ­ten about him.

“One of the im­por­tant as­pects was de­vel­op­ing his phys­i­cal­ity, his man­ner­isms, speech and the par­tic­u­lar look, which we spent a lot of time try­ing to get right,” says Web­ber. “There are record­ings of his voice and his phys­i­cal­ity is archived. His diary also helped re­veal his in­ner life.”

Pe­riod piece

To repli­cate the ’ 60s, 11.22.63’ s pro­duc­tion and cos­tume de­sign­ers slaved over ev­ery de­tail. Build­ings in Toronto were trans­formed into var­i­ous stores, homes and ed­i­fices from that era. Por­tions of the minis­eries were also filmed on lo­ca­tion in Dal­las, Texas.

“The pro­duc­tion has such a spe­cific look and each char­ac­ter and set were so won­der­fully thought out to make sure the au­di­ence and the ac­tors al­ways felt they were a part of the world,” re­flects Web­ber. “For ex­am­ple, we shot in cer­tain lo­ca­tions to bring an authen­tic­ity, such as Dealey Plaza and Lee Har­vey Oswald’s ac­tual home.”

Hid­den mes­sages

11.22.63 rekin­dles the fas­ci­na­tion with the as­sas­si­na­tion of JFK, but it also delves into hu­man na­ture. Web­ber agrees there are some big­ger themes and is­sues ex­plored.

“The story con­tains is­sues of race, love and ob­ses­sion,” notes Web­ber. “How­ever, the thing that struck me was the idea that ev­ery­day things, moments and events – which we deem in­con­se­quen­tial – ac­tu­ally im­pact us and lead us to trans­form the tra­jec­tory of our lives. That, if even one event didn’t line up ex­actly, per­haps we would not be where we are to­day. I guess it’s a ques­tion of fate.”

Un­der pres­sure

There’s al­ways an im­mense pres­sure in bring­ing the words of an au­thor as beloved as Stephen King’s to life. “King’s work is of such a high cal­i­bre, and has such a great stand­ing in the world of lit­er­a­ture and cin­ema, that you com­pletely trust in the words given to you – the vi­sion of the char­ac­ter and the story,” says Web­ber.

Putting your­self in the mind of a killer…

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