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'Chappaquiddick' Producer: 'Pressures' Came From Distributors With Release

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By    |   Friday, 06 April 2018 08:12 PM

Film producer Mark Ciardi told Newsmax TV on Friday that his company received no pushback from Hollywood in making "Chappaquiddick," but "pressures" have been "felt from our distributors" now that the movie has been released.

"Our company financed it, so the green light was with me," Ciardi told "Newsmax Now" host John Bachman. "There was no pushback from the Hollywood community.

"We went out and made it," he continued. "Shot it in Boston. Had no pushback there.

"What we're seeing now, the pushback is upon release and the pressures felt from our distributors."

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The film, dissecting the 1969 accident that ended Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy's chances for the presidency, opened Friday.

Ciardi said that Byron Allen, the CEO of Entertainment Studios, which executive-produced the movie, "has felt outside pressures in what he says is from people who don't want you to see this film.

"He brought it up at our premiere — and it's kind of out there."

Allen told Variety last month: "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," he said. "I'm about the truth."

Ciardi told Bachman that "the movie's being released in over 1,500 screens, so that did not work.

"We're excited to bring it to everyone."

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Film producer Mark Ciardi told Newsmax TV on Friday that his company received no pushback from Hollywood in making "Chappaquiddick," but "pressures" have been "felt from our distributors" now that the movie has been released."
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