I saw the number one movie for the weekend last Thursday night. It wasn’t that good, but I had a coupon for a free show that was only good for a week after seeing this week’s #3 movie the weekend before.
But I don’t want to talk about that right now.
I was running errands this past weekend and had NPR on in the car. I like NPR in the car. No commercials and no obnoxious songs. Anyway, the show I had on was discussing presidential performances as entertainment. Apparently, the movie PT 109 based on the World War II era incident where a young JFK had his PT boat blown up and how he got everybody to shore despite a really bad back was made while Kennedy was still in the White House. So, not only did the Kennedy administration more or less need to give its blessing to the production, but Kennedy himself had say over who would play him and the White House got to approve the script as a whole. Warren Beatty was Kennedy’s top choice. He turned it down. Cliff Robertson got the role.
Can you imagine a president having that much authority today? I mean, there was a recent movie called Southside With You about the first date between Barack and Michelle Obama, and I’m pretty sure neither of those two had any say in any way in that movie.
It’s even weirder when you stop to consider that PT 109, given the time period and the subject matter, was probably not going to go hard on JFK anyway.
This just strikes me as weird. I mean, in America, this can more or less happen. I imagine it would be tougher to badmouth a sitting commander-in-chief, but it almost sounds like how the director of The King’s Speech waited until after the death of the Queen Mother before portraying her on camera, and, again, she was hardly portrayed badly. But England as a nation has a different approach to some of its leaders, and by that I mean the Royal Family.
Of course, anything claiming to be based on a true story may be only vaguely based on a true story as it is. Of course, perhaps the more honest ones are more up front about how little they are actually based on actual events.
And now the box office…
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children $28.5 million
- Deepwater Horizon $20.6 million
- The Magnificent Seven $15.7 million
- Storks $13.8 million
- Sully $8.4 million
Huh, two based on true stories there. That Storks thing is truly true to life.