Our gallery was updated with some Chappaquiddick promotional stills. The movie is already on theaters!
ET Online – In the film Chappaquiddick, Kate Mara doesn’t get much screen time as campaign aide Mary Jo Kopechne, who drowned in a Massachusetts pond on July 18, 1969, when she became trapped inside an Oldsmobile driven off a bridge by U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy (portrayed here by Jason Clarke). “This movie is not Mary Jo’s movie, obviously; it’s Ted’s movie,” Mara tells ET. But when the actress does appear onscreen, she makes the most of it, giving justice to a woman whose life became a footnote in the scandal that followed after Kennedy waited 10 hours to report the accident.
“It was a story that was largely swept under the rug when it happened, and she was not painted in the greatest light with the media,” Mara continues. “I think that it’s important we show who she was.” And speaking to the timeliness of today’s political climate as our president’s administration is being investigated by the FBI as well as facing allegations of affairs with multiple women, and Hollywood is faced with the Time’s Up movement, she stresses the “importance of shedding the light on untold stories, specifically about women.”
Last week Kate visited Jimmy Fallon as part of the Chappaquiddick promotional tour. You can find an excerpt of her interview below, also some promotional images in our gallery.
Hello! First of all, sorry for the lack of updates. Been dealing with offline issues, which is gladly sorted now.
Kate started this week to promote Chappaquiddick, the film directed by John Curran and starred by Jason Clarke and Kate Mara, that revisits the 1969 Ted Kennedy scandal.
On July 18, 1969, Sen. Ted Kennedy drives his car off of a bridge on Massachusetts’ Chappaquiddick Island. The accident results in the death of passenger Mary Jo Kopechne, a 28-year-old campaign strategist who worked for Kennedy. The ongoing investigation into the mysterious and scandalous events forever alters his political legacy — and ultimately changes the course of presidential history.
During the premiere (held on Wednesday in Los Angeles), Byron Allen, Entertainment Studios CEO and co-founder and executive producer of the film, said some powerful people pressured studio not to release it. “Unfortunately, there are some very powerful people who tried to put pressure on me not to release this movie. They went out of their way to try and influence me in a negative way. I made it very clear that I’m not about the right, I’m not about the left. I’m about the truth.”
Kate said to Variety she was more concerned with showing that Kopechne was more than what the 1969 articles that Mara read depicted her to be. The actress was also worried about how Kopechne’s family would receive the film. According to Mara, it was important “to make sure we show her in a way that is respectable and that honors her in some small way.”
Our gallery was updated with pictures from the premiere and after party, and also from the visit Kate and Jason did to SiriusXM on Monday.
After last year’s Jackie, another drama depicting a Kennedy family incident came to Toronto International Film Festival this fall. Chappaquiddick, directed by John Curran (Tracks, The Killer Inside Me), stars Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern, Jim Gaffigan and Taylor Nichols. It follows the infamous 1969 event in which a car went off a Massachusetts bridge, leading to the death of his campaign strategist Mary Jo Kopechne, and a cover-up ensued. Ahead of a release in April, the first trailer and poster has now landed.
Nearly five decades ago, on July 18, 1969, a car went off the Dike Bridge on the island of Chappaquiddick. The driver, Ted Kennedy escaped. His 28-year-old passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, did not. An upcoming movie, Chappaquiddick, attempts to tell the story of what happened that night and why it took Kennedy some ten hours to report the accident to the local Edgartown police.
Our gallery was updated with additional portraits Kate took while on TIFF promoting Chappaquiddick and My Days of Mercy. Check it:
Ed Helms, John Curran, Jason Clarke and Kate Mara sat down with THR this weekend, during TIFF, to chat about Chappaquiddick. Watch the videos below:
Kate attended this afternoon the premiere of “Chappaquiddick” during Toronto Film Festival. Check the first images added in our gallery.
Earlier this morning Kate attended, alongside John Curran, Ed Helms and Jason Clarke an interview at Variety Studio to promote Chappaquiddick. Check HQ images added in our gallery:
Hey guys! Just a quick follow-up on the news we shared last week about My Days of Mercy and Chappaquiddick (Can anyone type this title without looking it up? Seriously) – it has now been confirmed that Kate will be attending Toronto International Film Festival this year! We don’t know if she’s going to the premieres of both films, but it seems highly likely. Along with the list of confirmed artists, TIFF has also released its complete lineup, which includes some information about each film. You can read more about Kate’s below.
USA / 107 minutes / 2017 / STC / Colour / English / World Premiere
This suspenseful historical drama examines the infamous 1969 incident when Senator Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) accidentally drove off a bridge, resulting in the death of campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara).
Among the most morally murky episodes in late-20th-century US politics — and that’s a crowded field — was the drowning of campaign specialist Mary Jo Kopechne in what would become known as the Chappaquiddick Incident. Kopechne was trapped in a car that Senator Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, following a night of festivities. This sombre, suspenseful recreation of the accident and its aftermath, directed by John Curran (TIFF 2013’s Tracks), invites us to speculate on how this shameful scandal came to be.
The Kennedy dynasty had lost three heirs apparent by 1969, and Ted (Jason Clarke) was, at the time, the family’s last hope to carry their name and ambitions into the upper echelons of US politics. Kennedy patriarch Joe (Bruce Dern), however, always considered his youngest son a ne’er-do-well — and he never let Ted forget it. The party on Chappaquiddick reunited the “Boiler Room Girls” who had served on Robert Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign, among them Mary Jo (Kate Mara). Ted whisks Mary Jo away for a reckless moonlight drive that ends in tragedy. But the more profound malfeasance begins after the drowning — itself dramatized here in harrowing detail — when a battalion of spin doctors gets to work on covering up the incident, using the Apollo 11 moon landing as a distraction.
What makes Chappaquiddick such a brilliant historical drama is the way Curran and company focus on moment-by-moment choices instead of suggesting some overarching conspiracy. This is an unsettling film about the way power strives to protect itself while bystanders are left by the wayside.
Sunday – Sep 10, 2017
Monday – Sep 11, 2017
Wednesday – Sep 13, 2017
Saturday – Sep 16, 2017
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