The 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination is almost upon us and surprisingly enough we are still learning things about one of the darkest days in American history. Do you know what were the last words the President heard before he was shot?
On Sunday, the National Geographic Channel will premiere Killing Kennedy, based on the book of the same name by Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly.
The movie is part of the commemorations that will take place as the nation remembers the 35th President of the United States’ horrific death on November 22, 1963.
As the motorcade was proceeding through the planned route on that beautiful November morning, President Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, Governor John Connally, and his wife Nellie all shared the limousine in which JFK was murdered by Lee Harvey Oswald.
At the time, not everyone loved Kennedy, most did, but as with any politician, there were those who deeply disagreed with him and on his visit to Dallas they were present during the time the President was in town.
“Dallas was a dangerous place. John F. Kennedy was warned, ‘Don’t go to Dallas,'” Killing Kennedy screenwriter Kelly Masterson shares in an exclusive with Yahoo TV. Lyndon Johnson had told JFK that Texas housewives had come out of their homes to spit at the vice president candidate during the 1960 campaign, and JFK had been told by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Adlai Stevenson that placard had been tossed at him earlier that year in Dallas.
“Danger seemed to be lurking for him in Dallas,” Masterson continues. “And yet (…) that day, November 22, Dallas opened their arms to him.”
In the extensive footage from the visit to Dallas, people are seen truly embracing JFK, who was at his best, displaying his well known charm for all to see, winning hearts and minds of the young, the old, black, and white.
Before the shots rang out, taking the life of the vibrant young President, Mrs. Conally turned back (she was seating in the front, Kennedy and his wife in the back seat) and said:
“Mr. President, you can’t say Dallas doesn’t love you.”
Those were the last words JFK heard while he was alive. Seconds later a bullet blew his head open.
Killing Kennedy stars Rob Lowe as JFK, Ginnifer Goodwin as Jackie Kennedy, Will Rathhaar as the assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, and Michelle Trachtenberg as Oswald’s wife, Marina.
Actor Rob Lowe talks about what he found most surprising about portraying John F. Kennedy, and the complicated relationship he had with his wife, Jackie.
“Weirdly enough, though (the film) is built as a thriller, it’s really a love story.” Lowe says about the JFK movie.
Killing Kennedy, the newest JFK movie, airs on the National Georgraphic Channel on Sunday at 8pm ET.