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Netflix to portray JFK as abusive drug addict in 'The Crown'

Discussion in 'American Politics' started by NightHawkeye, Dec 7, 2017 at 1:14 PM.

  1. NightHawkeye

    NightHawkeye Work-in-progress Supporter

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    The Crown: Michael C. Hall details his surprising JFK portrayal

    JFK is coming to Netflix’s acclaimed British royal family drama The Crown, but you can expect a rather different depiction of the 35th president than the laudatory portraits typically seen in American film and television.

    As played by Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) in the show’s second season (premiering Friday), President John F. Kennedy is still a charming leader who can deliver an inspiring speech (a scene where Kennedy describes a divided nation and calls for healing leadership seems particularly on point). But he’s also shown behind the scenes as a controlling jealous conniver prone to outbursts, including very roughly handling Jackie Kennedy (Jodi Balfour) — who later reveals her and her husband’s heavy dependence on drugs
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    The dominoes just keep falling ...
     
  2. LoAmmi

    LoAmmi Dispassionate

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    What dominoes?
     
  3. Basil the Great

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    This kind of portrayal of President Kennedy might upset some folks.
     
  4. Wayholka

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    Clone High comes to mind.

    Clone_High_Cast_Promo.jpg
     
  5. NightHawkeye

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    Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

    Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

    And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes
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  6. LoAmmi

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    What does that have to do with some TV show?
     
  7. NightHawkeye

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    The Camelot image manufactured by the mainstream press for political advantage does not stand up to scrutiny.
     
  8. RDKirk

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    It's been well known since the early 60s--not long after, if not during his presidency, that Kennedy was on constant high doses of pain medication. And we know that's addictive. But his back injury from WWII was also permanent.
     
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  9. mina

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    This is not new information . J.F.K did use a heavy amount of painkillers to get through days. And he wasn't very nice to his wife. The crown is not just making things up. But it's been known about for years and years . Jackie very carefully crafted the Camelot image in an interview she gave shortly after his death. She didn't want the public to see all the bad or be remembered for the bad. And part of that was an effort to protect her children from the reality of their father and his shortcomings. She herself grew up deeply embarrassed of her own father's misdeeds and she was probably trying to spare them the same. This is widely known and it is even debated if jack even listened to or liked the Camelot musical- most likely this was invented by Jackie . Most American written biographies and films DO touch on/ expose this truthfully . Jackie and probably jack too were obsessed with their image. All white house events and photo sessions were carefully controlled so details of his injuries , affairs, and demeanor were never seen by the public during those years but the real happenings have been documented. This is no surprising expose by the crown .
     
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  10. LoAmmi

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    You do know that he's been dead since 1963, right?
     
  11. NightHawkeye

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    I even remember the day he died.
     
  12. Dave-W

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    Yeah - that still does not explain what those verses have to do some TV show.
     
  13. NightHawkeye

    NightHawkeye Work-in-progress Supporter

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    How about we call it a 'House of Cards' then? [​IMG]
     
  14. Dave-W

    Dave-W Our six grandchildren Supporter

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    As do I.
     
  15. Dave-W

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    Cute.

    Wrong show, but cute.
     
  16. rturner76

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    I think it is good to show that our heroes are human and have flaws. I just prefer to remember great men for their accomplishments and good qualities rather than flaws unless it is a part of showing the whole person. I hope this portrayal shows a realistic view of what he was like and does not sensationalize his faults by exaggerating them. Where did they get their information about how President Kennedy behaved behind closed doors? I hope it is from a credible source or even better, more than one source either in the family or very close to the family.
     
  17. NightHawkeye

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    Well, ya know, it's a universal truth that building upon a substantial foundation provides a basis for a long-lasting structure. In contrast, manufacturing images out of nothing creates only a silhouette which can be easily destroyed.
     
  18. Dave-W

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    Most of that stuff came from JFK's Secret Service body guards.
     
  19. Blood Bought 1953

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    i’ll Take a mean, drug addled,womanizer with brains,wit ,knowledge of history,and the wisdom to ignore his advisors during a potentially world-ending confrontation over the current occupant any day.hard to believe they both sat in Lincoln’s chair.
     
  20. NightHawkeye

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    I'll see that and raise you.

    I'll take the current occupant any day over the race-obsessed community organizing social justice warrior who previously occupied the office.
     
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