Stephen Gyllenhaal On The Kennedy Detail - Page 2
“I think it was also Ken Atchity who had gone to my agent and was talking about The Kennedy Detail and various people who might be able to do it, my agent had suggested that I write and direct it. He had seen the script for Grassroots liked it and thought it was an interesting idea. I was just finishing up with Grassroots and was heading to my first vacation in over a year – I was going to Paris with my wife and he got me the book before I took off on vacation and asked me if I was interested. You bet I’m interested.”
Stephen looked back on November 22, 1963.
“This is a subject that I’ve been very wrapped up in since I was a kid; I was in the 7th grade when Kennedy was assassinated. I remember it very, very well.” Stephen said. “My father was a Democrat in a very Republican town, both of my parents were. He was a World War II veteran and saw appropriately that JFK was ushering in a new frontier of real hope – he was devastated about the assassination and I absorbed that. I’ve always enjoyed history ever since I was really little. I just love it. So, I thought that this project would be interesting.”
Stephen read the book while he and his wife were on vacation in the world of romance.
“From my point of view the book captured the real emotional impact of both being around Kennedy and understanding who he really was – then experiencing the assassination, then at that point, his movement from real person, flesh and blood to legend, myth and to who I think is one of the cornerstones of contemporary democracy. For me, this is extremely exciting.” Stephen said. “I’ve now met with main secret service agents themselves, and they are amazing. They’re in their late 70’s and early 80’s. It affected them beyond words which is why it’s so good to put this in pictures in the end. I kind of interviewed them very intensely over the last two weeks.”Continued on the next page