Kim & Krickitt Carpenter, the real couple who inspired The Vow movie, sat down with their local newspaper yesterday to discuss what it’s like having your life made into a major film.
It’s been 19 years since the Carpenters were in an automobile accident in which both were badly injured and wife, Krickitt, who doctors said had a less than 1% chance of survival, was in a coma for weeks. Krickitt woke, having lost all her memory of the year before the accident – the year that included all memories of her husband.
“The doctors asked her who her husband was and she said I’m not married,’” Kim said (Daily-Times.Com) “They said, Krickitt, you are married. Do you know who your husband is?’ And she said ‘ Todd.’ Todd was an ex-boyfriend.”
To this day, Krickitt cannot remember that lost chunk of her life. Yet, she is still married to Kim and now they have two children, Danny age 11, and LeeAnn age 8.
When asked about the accuracy of the movie in comparison to their lives, they alluded that Hollywood’s version is sensationalized and contains many inaccuracies.
“I would love to say that I fell in love with him again because that’s what everybody wants to hear,” Krickitt said. “I chose to love him and that was based on obedience to God, not feelings … I chose to love him because I made a vow.”
“And there’s no baseball,” Kim said. In reality, baseball was what brought Kim & Krickitt together. Kim was a baseball coach and at the time, Krickitt was working for the company that Kim ordered team jackets from. That was how they met.
The Carpenters also mentioned how important it was to them to keep the message of the movie as close to the true story as possible.
“At one point in time this movie was going to be rated R and oh man, I threw a fit,” Kim said. “It had the F-word in it and that was not acceptable. It takes a lot for me to say a bad word. In our family, if you say a bad word, you have to pay for it.”
The couple wrote a book first published in 2000. Now they are releasing a new version of the book to coincide with the movie.
“It keeps our story intact,” Krickitt said. “It’s our story; we wrote it.”