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Natalie Portman Reveals Details Of Horror Jackie Kennedy Experienced During JFK Assassination

Update Date: Nov 30, 2016 09:28 AM EST
54th New York Film Festival - 'Jackie' Screening Intro and Q&A
Natalie Portman attends the 54th New York Film Festival 'Jackie' screening intro and Q&A at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo : Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images)

Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman plays the role of the first lady, Jackie Kennedy, in Jackie, set for release on Dec. 2. The actress said that her film offers a fresh viewpoint on the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy.

When asked about a particular scene in which her character, Jackie Kennedy, holds her dying husband after he was shot in the car through Dallas in 1963, Portman outlined the details on living the part and the horrific incident of the assassination, UPI reported.

According to the Vulture, Portman explained, recalling how the director of Jackie, Pablo Larrain, narrated the essence and requirement of the scene to her. He told her that everyone has seen the assassination Zapruder tapes, of course, but it was a seven minutes drive to the hospital. What were those seven minutes like for Jackie Kennedy holding her husband's exploded head on her lap is what the scene and her character need to convey?

Portman said that trying to capture the emotional truth of Jackie's role was difficult as there is very little factual documentation on it. She added that filming the scene also posed significant physical challenges.

The talented actress revealed that the filming of the incident took place during one of the coldest days of the year. The were on this highway that they had closed down so that they could go in this open car for the filming of the scene. The actor who was playing Clint, the security guard, was perched on the back of the vehicle the entire time during filming. So, he was harnessed in a split for hours.

She added that while filming the scene, she was stunned to learn that Jackie, who can be seen climbing on the back of the car in the real-life footage of the assassination, was actually trying to retrieve parts of the president's brain that had fallen off. The actress had earlier thought Jackie was trying to escape the scene by climbing on the back of the car.

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