New JFK Jr. documentary looks back at America'south prince

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Source:   —  July 18, 2016, at 2:32 AM

— A Tribute to a Excellent Man," which hits choose theaters on July twenty-two, captures the fascination with John F. Kennedy Jr., from his early days toddling around the White House to his death in a plane crash in one thousand nine hundred ninety-ninth.

New JFK Jr. documentary looks back at America'south prince

America'south prince is getting a new documentary.

"I Am JFK Jr. — A Tribute to a Excellent Man," which hits choose theaters on July twenty-two, captures the fascination with John F. Kennedy Jr., from his early days toddling around the White House to his death in a plane crash in one thousand nine hundred ninety-nine.

Network Entertainment'south Derik Murray made the film in the mold of his other "I Am" movies, including "I Am Bruce Lee," "I Am Chris Farley" and "I Am Evel Knievel." The film also airs on Spike TV at ninth p. m. EDT on Aug. one, and a DVD release is set for Aug. sixteen.

The film captures JFK Jr. as John John, the tousle-haired toddler of the late President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, saluting his father'south casket after his one thousand nine hundred sixty-three assassination.

Highlights comprise JFK Jr.'south time as an helper district attorney in New York, his one thousand nine hundred eighty-eight People magazine Sexiest Man Lively cover and his one thousand nine hundred ninety-five debut as publisher of the splashy but short-lived magazine George.

Interspersed are snippets of interviews with celebrities and politicians who knew him well. They comprise supermodel Cindy Crawford, who famously posed as a midriff-baring George Washington, complete with powdered wig, for the inaugural issue of George; actor Robert De Niro; boxer Mike Tyson; journalist Christiane Amanpour; Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt; former Brown Univ roommate Chris Oberbeck; and Grateful Deceased songwriter John Perry Barlow.

"John Kennedy Jr. was destined for greatness, the heir obvious to his father'south legacy, and he knew that," Murray said.

But the son, a learner of history'south grand men, had an overriding interest in goodness over greatness.

"After reading about them and who they were at home, how they treated their families, he thought it was more necessary for him to commit to being a excellent man," Murray said. "In his mind, that was frequently lost in great men."

Not surprisingly, the film focuses on JFK Jr.'south death at age thirty-eight on July 16, 1999, when the single-engine private plane he was piloting from NJ to Martha'south Vineyard en route to a family wedding on Cape Cod crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. Killed with Kennedy were his wife, Carolyn Bessette, and her sister, Lauren Bessette.

Friends, acquaintances and pundits reflect on a life slice brief and speculate on what he might have become.

President, for instance?

A clip of an interview that JFK Jr. gave to Oprah Winfrey is telling. She insists he surely must've thought about running for office, and he responds, somewhat coyly, "There is this grand wt of expectation and anticipation."

But maybe not.

"John was bright sufficient to know, 'I'm Junior. I'm not my father,'" another presidential son, Michael Reagan, says in the film.

"I believe that he'd greatness in him," CNN journalist Chris Cuomo tells the producers. "And I don't give a damn if that meant anything about politics."

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Online: http://www. iamjfkjr. com/

Film trailer at https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=iBkNbYHxxNw

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