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“I knew he could bring not only the hu­mor, but hu­man­ity to the part,” di­rec­tor Rob Reiner raves of LBJ star Woody Har­rel­son. “So the char­ac­ter be­comes not a car­toon or a two-di­men­sional bull in a china shop, but more rounded.” The film fo­cuses on Lyn­don John­son’s tran­si­tion to the pres­i­dency after the as­sas­si­na­tion of John F. Kennedy. “Peo­ple have cer­tain ideas that he was this tough, arm-twist­ing guy, which he was,” says Rob. “But he had this other side to him: He was very in­se­cure, very ner­vous about mak­ing de­ci­sions and go­ing for­ward.” Jen­nifer Ja­son Leigh co-stars as wife Lady Bird John­son. “I knew a tiny bit about her be­fore I read the script, but not that much,” says Jen­nifer. “She’s an amaz­ing woman.” Woody came to ad­mire LBJ as well: “He was com­pli­cated, but he was a re­lent­lessly tire­less worker. He re­ally was great at get­ting his way.” [R]

Jen­nifer Ja­son Leigh (left) and Woody Har­rel­son, with Kim Allen as

Jackie Kennedy LBJ and Lady Bird

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