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** Creator/MattDillon, Quaid, Creator/TomSizemore and Creator/JamesSpader were considered for Willie O'Keefe.

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** Creator/MattDillon, Quaid, Creator/TomSizemore and Creator/TomSizemore, Creator/JamesSpader and Creator/MichaelWincott were considered for Willie O'Keefe.


* EnforcedMethodActing: Garrison begins crying during his closing statement at Shaw's trial. This was because Creator/KevinCostner realized the weight of his character's words, and had an instant emotional response.

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* EnforcedMethodActing: EnforcedMethodActing:
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Garrison begins crying during his closing statement at Shaw's trial. This was because Creator/KevinCostner realized the weight of his character's words, and had an instant emotional response.response.
** Creator/JohnCandy was genuinely nervous about doing a dramatic role with so many big stars.


** Creator/GoldieHawn and Creator/ElizabethMcGovern were considered for Julia Ann Mercer.

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** Creator/GoldieHawn and Creator/GoldieHawn, Creator/ElizabethMcGovern and Creator/CybillShepherd were considered for Julia Ann Mercer.


* IronyAsSheIsCast: Jim Garrison himself makes a brief cameo as [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts Supreme Court]] Chief Justice Earl Warren, the namesake of the commission investigating the Kennedy assassination and which ended with the official "Oswald acted alone" determination.


** Quaid, Creator/TomSizemore and Creator/JamesSpader were considered for Willie O'Keefe.

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** Creator/MattDillon, Quaid, Creator/TomSizemore and Creator/JamesSpader were considered for Willie O'Keefe.

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** Creator/DannyAiello was considered for Jack Ruby.


** Quaid and Creator/JamesSpader were considered for Willie O'Keefe.

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** Quaid Quaid, Creator/TomSizemore and Creator/JamesSpader were considered for Willie O'Keefe.


** Douglas, Landau, Creator/PaulNewman, Creator/PeterOToole, Creator/GregoryPeck and Creator/RoyScheider were considered for the role of Clay Shaw.

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** Douglas, Landau, Creator/RobertLoggia, Creator/PaulNewman, Creator/PeterOToole, Creator/GregoryPeck and Creator/RoyScheider were considered for the role of Clay Shaw.


* ThoseTwoActors: Subverted. While Creator/JackLemmon and Creator/WalterMatthau are in the film, they don't have a scene together.


** Douglas, Landau, Creator/PaulNewman, Creator/PeterOToole and Creator/GregoryPeck were considered for the role of Clay Shaw.

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** Douglas, Landau, Creator/PaulNewman, Creator/PeterOToole and Creator/PeterOToole, Creator/GregoryPeck and Creator/RoyScheider were considered for the role of Clay Shaw.


* AllStarCast: Creator/KevinCostner, Creator/SissySpacek, Creator/TommyLeeJones, Creator/JoePesci, [[Creator/EdwardAsner Ed Asner]], Creator/JackLemmon, Creator/WalterMatthau, Creator/GaryOldman, Laurie Metcalf, Jay O'Sanders, Creator/JohnCandy, Creator/KevinBacon, John Larroquette,[[note]]DeletedScene restored for the Special Edition[[/note]] Creator/MartinSheen, and others.

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* AllStarCast: Creator/KevinCostner, Creator/SissySpacek, Creator/TommyLeeJones, Creator/JoePesci, [[Creator/EdwardAsner Ed Asner]], Creator/JackLemmon, Creator/WalterMatthau, Creator/GaryOldman, Laurie Metcalf, Jay O'Sanders, Creator/JohnCandy, Creator/KevinBacon, John Larroquette,[[note]]DeletedScene Creator/JohnLarroquette,[[note]]DeletedScene restored for the Special Edition[[/note]] Creator/MartinSheen, and others.


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* CastTheRunnerUp:
** Creator/TommyLeeJones was originally considered for another role that was ultimately cut from the film and Stone then decided to cast him as Shaw.
** Creator/GaryOldman was considered for David Ferrie.
** Frank Whaley was originally cast as Lee Harvey Oswald but was replaced by Gary Oldman. As a consolation, Creator/OliverStone cast Whaley in the role of the Oswald imposter.


* IronyAsSheIsCast: Jim Garrison himself makes a brief cameo as [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts Supreme Court]] Chief Justice Earl Warren; the namesake of the commission investigating the Kennedy assassination and which ended with the official "Oswald acted alone" determination.

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* IronyAsSheIsCast: Jim Garrison himself makes a brief cameo as [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts Supreme Court]] Chief Justice Earl Warren; Warren, the namesake of the commission investigating the Kennedy assassination and which ended with the official "Oswald acted alone" determination.


* AbilityOverAppearance: Creator/KevinCostner is 6"1, six inches shorter than the real Jim Garrison.
* AllStarCast: Creator/KevinCostner, Creator/SissySpacek, Creator/TommyLeeJones, Creator/JoePesci, [[Creator/EdwardAsner Ed Asner]], Creator/JackLemmon, Creator/WalterMatthau, Creator/GaryOldman, Laurie Metcalf, Jay O'Sanders, Creator/JohnCandy, Creator/KevinBacon, John Larroquette[[note]]DeletedScene restored for the Special Edition[[/note]], Creator/MartinSheen, and others.

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* AbilityOverAppearance: Creator/KevinCostner is 6"1, 6' 1", six inches shorter than the real Jim Garrison.
* AllStarCast: Creator/KevinCostner, Creator/SissySpacek, Creator/TommyLeeJones, Creator/JoePesci, [[Creator/EdwardAsner Ed Asner]], Creator/JackLemmon, Creator/WalterMatthau, Creator/GaryOldman, Laurie Metcalf, Jay O'Sanders, Creator/JohnCandy, Creator/KevinBacon, John Larroquette[[note]]DeletedScene Larroquette,[[note]]DeletedScene restored for the Special Edition[[/note]], Edition[[/note]] Creator/MartinSheen, and others.



** Creator/HarrisonFord and Creator/MelGibson were Creator/OliverStone's first choices for the role of Jim Garrison. Also considered were Creator/AlecBaldwin, Creator/TomBerenger, Creator/JeffBridges [[note]]He was turned down because he wasn't a box office draw[[/note]], Creator/WillemDafoe, Creator/RobertDeNiro, Creator/MichaelDouglas, Creator/GeneHackman, Creator/WilliamHurt, Creator/DonJohnson[[note]]He tried hard to get the part of Jim Garrison. He was turned down, as Stone and the producers felt the actor's own public image would make him a hard sell as Garrison.[[/note]], Creator/KyleMacLachlan, Creator/MichaelKeaton, Creator/JohnMalkovich, Creator/MatthewModine, Creator/JackNicholson, Creator/NickNolte[[note]]He was deemed too old[[/note]], Creator/DennisQuaid, Creator/RobertRedford and Creator/RobinWilliams.

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** Creator/HarrisonFord and Creator/MelGibson were Creator/OliverStone's first choices for the role of Jim Garrison. Also considered were Creator/AlecBaldwin, Creator/TomBerenger, Creator/JeffBridges [[note]]He Creator/JeffBridges,[[note]]He was turned down because he wasn't a box office draw[[/note]], draw[[/note]] Creator/WillemDafoe, Creator/RobertDeNiro, Creator/MichaelDouglas, Creator/GeneHackman, Creator/WilliamHurt, Creator/DonJohnson[[note]]He Creator/DonJohnson,[[note]]He tried hard to get the part of Jim Garrison. He was turned down, as Stone and the producers felt the actor's own public image would make him a hard sell as Garrison.[[/note]], [[/note]] Creator/KyleMacLachlan, Creator/MichaelKeaton, Creator/JohnMalkovich, Creator/MatthewModine, Creator/JackNicholson, Creator/NickNolte[[note]]He Creator/NickNolte,[[note]]He was deemed too old[[/note]], old[[/note]] Creator/DennisQuaid, Creator/RobertRedford Creator/RobertRedford, and Creator/RobinWilliams.


** Creator/GoldieHawn was considered for Julia Ann Mercer.

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** Creator/GoldieHawn was and Creator/ElizabethMcGovern were considered for Julia Ann Mercer.

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