“Oliver Stone is a very wonderful director for an editor because he gives the editor free rein. He says to the editor, “Play jazz. Just go free form.” There’s a scene in JFK where Oswald walks from a house to a theater and he said, “When you cut this scene just make it very chaotic.” So I cut this scene in what I thought was a chaotic way, showed him the next day and he said, “No, no, no, it’s got to be way more chaotic than that.”
“Since we cut JFK on a three quarter inch linear editing system, one thing it had was the ability to hit these buttons and change where the edits went. So I just banged on the keys like this [drums repeatedly on his lap], and I showed it to him the next day, and he said, “That’s it!”. And it’s in the movie.” - Editor Joe Hutshing.