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Feb 9th
12:38 pm
Marcia and Zac on 'Parkland' Set  

February 9, 2013 Marcia Gay Harden @Beloving2 is a SAINT...
So lucky to be working with her. She makes me want to be a better man. - Z
"Zac Efron on WhoSay"

They are too cute.

ETA also: some info on the film from Jeff Wells:
But then I was sent a draft of Landesman's script. I finished it last night, and I have to say it's a sturdy, convincing, well-structured effort.

There's no telling how the film itself will turn out. There are probably 50 ways Landesman can screw things up and he's a genius if he can think of 35 of them, but I know authentic-sounding dialogue and good screenwriting architecture and when scenes run just the right length, and there's no question that on paper at least Parkland is a taut, gripping recreation of a dark and horrific day. It smells like reality.

Dark and Horrific Day is a more truthful title than Parkland as Landesman's script follows four story lines with four separate clusters of characters in a host of Dallas locations. (The film has been lensing in Austin but will go to Dallas for some pickups, or so I've read.)

Roughly half of the script deals with the Parkland gang including Dr. Jim Carrico (Zac Efron), Dr. Malcolm Perry (Colin Hanks), Dr. Jerry Gustaffson and Nurse Doris Mae Nelson (Marcia Gay Harden), who attended to the mortally wounded JFK as well as his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, on 11.24. Another Parkland character is Father Huber (Jackie Earl Haley), who administered last rights to the President.


If you agree with Howard Hawks' definition of a good film containing "three great scenes and no bad ones," then Parkland will be a good film because it has several very...well, perhaps not necessarily "great" but very strong scenes.

A strong scene is a back-and-forth that makes you sit up in your seat and go "wow, that was something" or "whoa, intense stuff." It's a moment that you know you'll remember. There are at least three such scenes at Parkland hospital (Carrico and Perry's attempts to save Kennedy's life inside trauma room #1, angry FBI and Secret Service guys removing JFK's casket in defiance of Dallas police officials wanting to perform an autopsy, Oswald being wheeled into Parkland and reactions of staffers), at least two or three scenes with Zapruder, two exchanges at Dallas police headquarters involving Robert Oswald (one with Lee, another with a police officer), a scene acquainting us with Marguerite Oswald's dementia, a making-room-for-the-casket scene on Air Force One, and a burial-of-Oswald scene at the very end. What is that, ten?


Some of the descriptions of JFK's wounds and certain procedures followed in the trauma room indicate that Parkland will be fairly bloody and graphic here and there. Not for the squeamish unless, of course, editing intercedes.
Mood: tiredtired
8 8 comments Comment
Bee: Zac – CStC Premiere - grinningjeezbee on February 9th, 2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
This is really adorable. In itself and the fact that (my assumption) he's trying to help her with her Twitter verification with this.
Sapphirasapphia on February 9th, 2013 08:14 pm (UTC)
They are both so cute! :)
countessm3countessm3 on February 10th, 2013 01:40 pm (UTC)
I would love to play doctor with that doctor. Definitely the sexiest physician I' ve ever seen.

I like what she had to say about Zac - we all know he's a real sweety, but it's nice to hear other people confirm it.
annabelle83 on February 10th, 2013 02:14 pm (UTC)
That was a really nice compliment from an Oscar-winning actress. Zac must be really touched by it.
rain2013rain2013 on February 10th, 2013 06:02 pm (UTC)
Aww Zac is such a sweetheart. we need more like him. Marcia is so lucky have him work with her.
Sapphirasapphia on February 10th, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
Very interesting article about the "Parkland". Now we have some information about the scenario of the role of Zach and much more. Thank you. I cross my fingers that the film was great.
kleth on February 11th, 2013 05:01 pm (UTC)
Haha, no cougar is safe from Zac Efron.

I just hope that Tom Hanks' imprimatur can get this movie a good distribution deal, and that it will find an audience. That could be tough since it's not funny, thrilling, or what you'd call a date movie.

This is the kind of role that people need to see Zac Efron in, so they begin to understand that he's an actor, not a pretty-boy teen heartthrob.
rain2013rain2013 on February 16th, 2013 02:32 am (UTC)
I agree hopefully this movie will get the Disney stink off of ZAC. but time will tell right. LOL