AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Wednesday, the cast, filmmakers and historians behind HBO’s movie ALL THE WAY, which focuses on President Lyndon B. Johnson’s first year in office, gathered at the LBJ Presidential Library for the Austin premiere of the movie.
Based on the Tony-award winning Broadway play written by Robert Schenkkan, the movie starts with President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and quickly goes into how LBJ was thrust into the presidency and into the middle of the Civil Rights legislation. “He’s just such a theatrical, almost Shakespearean, kind of figure,” said Schenkkan about why he chose to write a play about LBJ.
Actor Bryan Cranston reprises his role as the formidable LBJ and Anthony Mackie play Martin Luther King Jr. Before taking on the role of LBJ on Broadway in 2014, Cranston said he spent time doing research at the LBJ Presidential Library. One letter that helped give him insight into LBJ was the one First Lady Jacqueline “Jackie” Kennedy sent to LBJ the day after President Kennedy’s funeral. The First Lady thanked him for walking behind Jack and acknowledged the fact that most people probably asked him not to do so but he did it anyway.
In 2014, the LBJ Presidential Library held the Civil Rights Summit for the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act.
The movie, which was directed by Jay Roach, airs May 21 on HBO.