In JFK, Kevin Costner meets secretly with Donald Sutherland in a park in Washington DC. Donald discusses elements of the assassination conspiracy. Towards the end of the scene he counts off 3 points on his fingers:
"3 - Who has the power to cover it up?" His last three fingers are extended, leaving his index finger and thumb (partially hidden) in the shape of an "OK" symbol, indicating success with the plan.
This originally caught my attention because people typically count off numbers with their fingers much differently than this. After I considered the context of the scene, the symbolic meaning became clear. Now, I'm dazzled by these gestures each time I watch this.
My question is:
- Was that in the script?
- Did Donald Sutherland come up with it? Or did director Oliver Stone come up with it?
You can see the tense scene below. The gestures I'm talking about start at the 4-minute mark.