Chappaquiddick is a ripped-from-the-headlines story about the tragic car accident that took the life of Mary Jo Kopechne when Senator Ted Kennedy was at the wheel in the summer of 1969. After driving off a bridge, the young Kennedy panics and leaves the scene of the accident, leaving the 28-year-old Kopechne to die. It isn’t until the next morning that Kennedy reports the accident, 9 hours later. After the accident and over the course of the next week, the U.S. senator struggled between following his own moral compass or using his power and influence to save his presidential aspirations and protect the Kennedy family legacy and name.
Chappaquiddick features a strong ensemble cast, including UConn’s Director of Theater Studies, Vince Tycer, who plays David Burke – the Chief of Staff of Ted Kennedy in this time frame. “I had a fantastic time working with John Curran, the director. Working with Jason Clarke was amazing too. He was so committed to the character and at the same time he is just a genuine good guy. I also had scenes with Ed Helms, Jim Gaffigan, Taylor Nichols, Clancy Brown and Bruce Dern. It was an all star cast and they were really great people to work with,” he stated enthusiastically.
“Chappaquiddick is a gripping and thought-provoking mystery-thriller,” said Byron Allen, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Entertainment Studios. “We have paid a premium for Chappaquiddick because we truly believe in this excellent film, which brilliantly tells an amazing true story.” CEO Entertainment Studios must have been thrilled to find the movie surpassed opening weekend ticket expectations. Ticket sales were initially forecast for around 3.5 million and it came in at 6.2 million.
Review by the Ultimate Rabbit: “Also worth mentioning is Vince Tycer, a noted theater director in Connecticut, who plays David Burke, an individual known as a aide to powerful men. It’s fascinating to watch Tycer in “Chappaquiddick” as he hovers in the shadows next to Ted Kennedy and looks ready to defend the senator’s honor in any possible way. This is another character who could have been played in too broad a fashion, but Tycer plays David in a thoughtfully subtle way as this is a character who is more than willing to set aside his own thoughts and desires for something he considers to be the greater good.”