Stars Jason Clarke, Ed Helms, and Kate Mara joined director John Curran at the Variety Studio Presented by AT&T at the Toronto Film Festival to talk about their new film, “Chappaquiddick.”
Australian actor Clarke plays Ted Kennedy in the movie about the infamous 1969 Chappaquiddick incident, and revealed that he even spent a day with Kennedy on his boat years ago.
When asked if he ever expected to play the late senator, Clarke said, “No! He was Ted Kennedy. He had a beautiful boat and he loved sailing. I still remember the day very clearly.” Asked by Variety for more details, Clarke said that he did indeed spend a day on Kennedy’s boat years ago. “It was beautiful.”
The movie includes a couple scenes where Kennedy, his cousin Joe Gargan, played by Helms, and attorney Paul Markham, portrayed by Jim Gaffigan, are sailing in the ocean or rowing across a lake.
The film begins on the day of the tragic accident and follows the actions of Kennedy, his family, and his staff as they disagree on how to handle the situation. The film concludes with the public responding in 1969 to Senator Kennedy’s speech made on national television about the incident and the death of the passenger Mary Jo.