We’re getting our first look at “Chappaquiddick,” the upcoming movie about Sen. Ted Kennedy’s infamous incident in 1969.
The movie stars Australian actor Jason Clarke as the late Massachusetts senator.Kennedy pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a crash after causing injury in connection with the events of July 18, 1969 on Chappaquiddick Island. Campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne was in the car Kennedy was driving and died after it went off a bridge and into the water.
The deadly crash, which was not reported to authorities until the next morning, may have also derailed Kennedy’s chances of ever becoming president.
The trailer, first released Wednesday on People.com, shows Kennedy’s car going off the bridge.The trailer for Chappaquiddick starring Jason Clarke as Sen. Edward M. Kennedy dropped on Wednesday.
Based on the 1969 inquest, it recounts the July 18, 1969 accident in which a car driven by Kennedy went off the Dike Bridge on the island of Chappaquiddick. While he escaped, his 28-year-old passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, did not.
Kennedy claimed that he tried to save Kopechne, who was trapped inside the car. He later pled guilty to leaving the site of the accident and received a two month sentence and a year probation.
Due in theaters on April 6, the movie co-stars Kate Mara as Kopechne, and Bruce Dern as patriarch Joe Kennedy. Carrie Underwood needed more than 40 stitches after a fall outside her Nashville home on Nov. 10.
In a letter to her fan club members obtained by E! News on Monday night, the country music superstar said she received between 40 to 50 stitches on her face the night of the incident.
“Most of you know that I tripped and fell and broke my wrist in November. I’m still doing regular physical therapy for that, but all is coming along. There is also another part of the story that I haven’t been ready to talk about since I have still been living it and there has been much uncertainty as to how things will end up,” Underwood wrote. “It’s crazy how a freak random accident can change your life.”The 34-year-old “American Idol” winner continued: “In addition to breaking my wrist, I somehow managed to injure my face as well. I’ll spare you the gruesome details, but when I came out of surgery the night of my fall, the doctor told (my husband) Mike that he had put between 40 and 50 stitches in. Now, here we are 7 weeks later and, even though I’ve had the best people helping me, I’m still healing and not quite looking the same.”
“I honestly don’t know how things are going to end up but I do know this: I am grateful,” she stated. “I am grateful that it wasn’t much, much worse. And I am grateful for the people in my life that have been there every step of the way.”Chappaquiddick is back in the national spotlight thanks to an upcoming movie (due out in April) and recently released trailer that is centered around the scandal that badly scarred the late senator Ted Kennedy’s political career.
While what actually occurred on that night remains a mystery, we’re taking a look back at the incident and the need-to-know facts before you see the movie.
On July 18, 1969, Ted’s black Oldsmobile crashed off a small bridge on the tiny Massachusetts island of Chappaquiddick and landed in the water. The next morning the body of Mary Jo Kopechne, a young woman who had worked for Ted’s late brother Robert F. Kennedy, was found inside the mostly-submerged car.
Ted and Kopechne had attended a party with friends earlier that night at a rented cottage on the island, a small stretch of land that is part of the better-known island of Martha’s Vineyard, a popular vacation destination for old-money families. Reportedly only 12 people were at the gathering – Ted, five other married men and six so-called “Boiler Room Girls,” the name given to a clutch of young unmarried female campaign strategists, including Kopechne, who had worked on Robert’s presidential campaign before he was assassinated in 1968.
Whether because of the enormity of the tragedy or the unanswered questions, the scandal haunted Ted’s political career and is believed to have sunk his presidential campaign some 10 years later, when he unsuccessfully challenged then-President Jimmy Carter for the 1980 Democratic nomination.
Here are the facts you need to know about the infamous scandal.Ted managed to escape the submerged car, and he later said that he dove down multiple times to try to rescue Kopechne before giving up. He said he made his way back to the party and then returned to the car with a cousin and a friend who also tried to rescue Kopechne but were not successful. They did not notify the police about the incident until approximately 10 hours after the crash.
Explaining his actions at the time, Ted claimed he didn’t call the cops because he was confused and still in shock. “I was overcome, I’m frank to say, by a jumble of emotions: grief, fear, doubt, exhaustion, panic, confusion and shock,” he said.Ted did not call the police in the immediate hours after the incident, but other calls were made that night using his credit card.
Numerous calls charged to Ted’s credit cards were placed from phones at the rented cottage and at his hotel to Ted’s staff, friends, family, advisors and lawyers, according to the New York Times. In the hours that followed the crash, a group of family members, lawyers and advisers gathered at the Kennedy family’s Hyannis Port compound on Cape Cod, presumably to figure out how to salvage Ted’s political career.