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Anthony Hopkins • Sharon Stone • Laurence Fishburne • Demi Moore • Emilio Estevez • Elijah Wood • Lindsay Lohan • Christian Slater • Freddy Rodriguez
DIRECTOR: Emilio Estevez

Tragedy looms THE CONCEPT:
Following the storylines of 22 fictional characters on the day Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, June 4th, 1968.

U.S. RELEASE: November 17 2006, Limited • Rated: R


“I believe the death of Bobby Kennedy was in many ways the death of decency in America. I think it was the death of manners and formality, the death of poetry and the death of a dream. We have fallen away from those traits and I believe the movie is a reminder of who we were, when we had leaders who were more interested in their message than their sound bytes, and who were more interested in speaking from their heart.”

“Emilio was really forthcoming to the cast with documentary material, [Kennedy’s] speech from the ballroom that night, just to familiarize us with his legacy of who this man was and what the event was, to really get into the mind space of that time – it was very valuable.”

DEMI MOORE who plays a singer performing at the Ambassador Hotel:
“I did do my own singing. In fact, I almost didn’t do the role because of the singing. I had so much fear and anxiety, and if not for Emilio’s steadfast belief in my ability to not just do the singing, but bring life to this woman, [don’t know if I would have done the movie], because it scared me, but I figure that means it’s exactly what I should be doing.”

FREDDY RODRIGUEZ who plays a busboy who holds Kennedy’s hand after he is shot in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel:
“After the shooting there were articles done on this man, and his picture was taken for the paper. I don’t know if he’s still alive or dead, but we chose not to contact him during the filming of this project because it was not really based on his life, [we fictionalized the character] so there was no need to do that.”

“At the end of Bobby Kennedy’s life, the person that was down there on the ground [with him] were the people he was actually speaking for, and stood up for. I find that to be phenomenally ironic.”

“The assassination scene was hard to do for many different reasons. I guess for me it was a tad eerie because my character is loosely inspired by an iconic photo that exists of a busboy holding Robert F Kennedy after he was shot. When we were filming it, they would use that photo as reference to position me, so that was eerie to recreate.”

“I didn’t know anything about the other people who were shot in the pantry that day. I didn’t know about Jose (Freddy’s character) being based on the busboy who was holding Mr. Kennedy’s hand, had a rosary in his hand and was saying, ‘Come on, Mr Kennedy, you can make it.’ I didn’t know any of that stuff.”

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