Gary Sinise was reluctant to accept the lead, since he had just played Harry Truman in a television bio-pic, and didn't want to repeat himself playing another real-life politician so soon afterwards. John Frankenheimer persuaded him otherwise by arriving at his home with boxes of research material, making his case that Sinise was perfect for the role.
George C. Wallace:
We gonna set the stage on this one. If Bobby Kennedy wants to talk to me, he's gonna have to come down here.
When Wallace (Sinise) is watching TV after the events in Selma, the gas masks that the Alabama state troopers wear change in between scenes.
The DVD has been cropped to 1.78:1 for modern widescreen televisions. The film was originally shot for television in 1997 in 1.33:1. This is very clear in the "making of" documentary, also on the DVD. It shows numerous shots of monitors on set, all clearly with markings for 1.33:1 and no additional markings at all for any intended cropping. In addition, all clips in the "making of" film are in the original 1.33:1, and comparison to the same shots in the feature shows how they have been cropped at both the top and bottom.
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