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.”
Kate gave an interview to NY Times as part of the Chappaquiddick promotion. On this interview, she also talked for the first time about how was learning about Kevin Spacey’s sexual misconduct. Check in our gallery the photoshoot, and you can read the full interview below.
Kate Mara isn’t onscreen much in “Chappaquiddick,” John Curran’s account of the maelstrom surrounding July 18, 1969, when Senator Edward M. Kennedy drove his Oldsmobile off a narrow bridge into a pond on the Massachusetts island, leaving the scene and his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, who died. And effectively killing his presidential aspirations.
As Kopechne, Ms. Mara was determined to find justice for a campaign aide who, after her death, was reduced by some to a groupie who was having an affair with the married Kennedy, played here by Jason Clarke. (“Chappaquiddick” opens on Friday, April 6.)
“Like a lot of people, I’m fascinated with the Kennedys and their history and their achievements and the tragic stories that follow them,” Ms. Mara said. But she insisted on portraying Kopechne “as the brilliant, hard-working woman that she was and not just some tabloid story.”
It isn’t the first time Ms. Mara’s character has suffered at the hand of politics. As the dogged D.C. reporter Zoe Barnes in “House of Cards,” she slept with the House majority whip, Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), who pushed her in front of a train once he was tagged for the vice presidency.
This summer, she’ll play a 1980s New Jersey housewife whose husband works for the Trump organization in FX’s “Pose,” which is currently shooting in New York.
As a snowstorm approached, Ms. Mara, 35 — chatty in bare feet in the downtown Manhattan apartment where she’s living temporarily with her husband, Jamie Bell, and her elderly Boston terrier, Bruno — discussed her harrowing scenes as Kopechne and the recent sexual assault allegations against Mr. Spacey.
Here are edited excerpts from the conversation.
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:
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: