Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed.
Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed.

The story of the JFK assassination has already been told from multiple, albeit officially-disproved-in-the-Warren-Commission-Report angles. But Tom Hanks still believes you have to allow for the possibility of another shooter—namely, producer Tom Hanks, who shot the new drama Parkland and forever changed history, making it (like so much else of our past) far more Tom Hanks-y. This time, rather than focusing on Kennedy, or Lee Harvey Oswald, or anyone else who might have been in the assassination’s direct line of sight, Hanks takes a magic bullet approach, zigzagging through the many Secret Service agents, local police officers, nurses, doctors who look like Zac Efron, and all the other people on that fateful day who were like, “Sure, the President got shot—but what about me?”


Among Hanks’ co-conspirators: Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Marcia Gay Harden, Ron Livingston, Rory Cochrane, Mark Duplass, Colin Hanks, and Paul Giamatti as Abraham Zapruder—the man who provides, as Thornton says, the infamous film that’s “the only way to know what happened out here today.” Though some theorists will still argue that, no, there’s also Tom Hanks.

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