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James Marsden As John F. Kennedy

This timely screen appearance for JFK on the 50th anniversary of his death was originally earmarked for Matthew McConaughey. A scheduling clash with Dallas Buyers Club left the role vacant, at least until a serendiptous meeting between Daniels and James Marsden in a New Orleans hotel lobby. It ended with one of the X-Men (who wasn't Nightcrawler, at any rate) in the White House.

James Marsden As John F. Kennedy

“I was shooting Paperboy when I ran into him and it was, ‘Hey, James Marsden!’ We were staying in the same hotel – he was coming out, I was going in – and his agent was with him. I’d been meaning to work with him, [because] I think he’s interesting – a good actor – and this is something he’s never done before. I always like to get something out of people that we haven’t seen. James turned up on set with his head shaved (from his role in 2 Guns), which was terrifying, but there’s nothing better than a good wig. And you can’t even tell, can you? The wigs were the hardest part of this whole process, because bad wigs and prosthetics take you out of the movie. I can control acting but I can’t control the physical [elements], and I’m obsessed with them."

"For Kennedy, the research was pretty easy, because there’s so much out there. It was really about not impersonating the presidents but finding a human side in them that we haven’t seen before. I didn’t want caricatures."
 

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