We asked you on Facebook to send us any questions you had for the filmmakers of THE CONSPIRATOR. Here are some more of the answers! Keep asking questions, as we’ll be answering more in the coming weeks.
Mike Lanalotti asked…
What was it like to screen the film at Ford’s Theatre?
A little stirring and a little spooky. We had all screened the film numerous times, but seeing it right there (at the scene of the crime) and seeing the presidential box onscreen just twenty feet away the real thing was eerie. The thought that crossed my mind? I wish Lincoln were here so he could see this.
Melanie Horne asked…
When Reverdy Johnson comes out of a small room, we hear a toilet flush. Did they really have flush toilets in Washington, D.C. in 1865?
You’re not the first to ask us about this. Many people believe there were no flush toilets at the time, which is untrue. The question is: were there flush toilets in Senator Reverdy Johnson’s office in 1865? This was discussed on set and our Props Department came back with the answer that some of the newer federal buildings did have flush toilets (though the White House did not). So we went with the flush toilet.
Gregg Watkins, Jr., Laurie Verge, and others asked…
Why didn’t Kevin Kline who played Edward Stanton have a long white beard like the real Stanton had?
Yes, the real Stanton had a long white beard, a symbol of his elevated station in society. And Kevin Kline did try out the long beard. The problem was that it was too distracting. In this day and age a long white beard connotes Santa Claus – not the image we wanted. We felt it would be hard for the audience to “see through” the beard to the real character of Secretary of War Stanton as portrayed by Kevin Kline.