- Title: A film dramatising the Boston Marathon bombing closes AFI FEST
- Date: 18th November 2016
- Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 17, 2016) (REUTERS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** BERG BEING PHOTOGRAPHED (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR, PETER BERG, SAYING: "To make movies like 'Patriots Day', there's definitely pressure but that pressure for me is very inspiring and I want to get it right for the people, the members of law enforcement, the members of government, the citizens who were hurt, the citizens that had loved ones killed. This is what inspires me and makes me want to get up and work hard. There's pressure but that pressure makes me work harder." BACON BEING INTERVIEWED (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR, KEVIN BACON, SAYING: "Actually holding the exact replica of the exact pressure cooker that was used and seeing the kind of BBs that were in there, you know, you go to work and you kind of deal with that all day. It's not a lot of frivolity. Personally, I like that because...even if it's a funny thing, I just take this work seriously, you know." WAHLBERG, BACON WITH ACTOR ALEX WOLFF
- Embargoed: 3rd December 2016 04:39
- Keywords: Boston Marathon bombings Mark Wahlberg Patriots Day AFI FEST film festival premiere
- Location: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES / UNIDENTIFIED FILMING LOCATIONS
- City: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES / UNIDENTIFIED FILMING LOCATIONS
- Country: USA
- Topics: Arts/Culture/Entertainment,Film
- Reuters ID: LVA00658YY2Q5
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:EDITORS NOTE: PROFANITY IN SHOT 13
'Patriots Day', the film which stars Mark Wahlberg and dramatises the events surrounding the Boston Marathon bombings, closed the AFI FEST on Thursday (November 17).
Wahlberg, who himself is from Boston, also produced the movie and said he brought the film to life for the people of Boston.
"It couldn't be more personal," said Wahlberg. "I've worked with a lot of these people before and this was the first time where I had to say, 'You know, it's my way or nothing because I'm the one who's held responsible, I'm going to be accountable and they're going to hold me to the highest standards and the expectations are beyond, so I'm hoping you guys do the same and if it's not real, if it's not authentic, it's not happening'. It was awkward but then people understood and people came together and people wanted to understood what it was like to be from there. It really came together and embraced the community and involved everybody and that's why we've made something special."
The Boston Marathon bombings happened on April 15, 2013. Bombs went off near the finish line, which killed three people and wounded more than 260. The bombs were placed by brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
When asked if he felt a film version of the events was too soon for the survivors, Wahlberg replied: "It's not soon enough, that these things are happening all over the world and they will continue to happen and the only way we can combat these things is with love and people coming together and that brings people together and it gives people hope. You can't live in fear, you have to stand up and we have to fight together and that is not soon enough and that message needs to be reiterated over and over and over again all over the world."
Wahlberg has teamed up again with his 'Lone Survivor' and 'Deepwater Horizon' director Peter Berg to make the drama.
"He's my brother," said Wahlberg. "He brings the best out of me, I bring the best out of him, we challenge each other. We never fought or argued more than we did during the making of this movie, in pre, principal photography and post production but he cares, he cares and he cares so much and he wants to get it right and I can trust him, you know and I know what his intentions are and that's extremely important."
To make the film, the production team sought out the professionals and civilians who were key to saving lives and catching the Tsarnaev brothers and used their accounts to shape the film.
"To make movies like 'Patriots Day', there's definitely pressure," said Berg at the premiere.
"That pressure for me is very inspiring and I want to get it right for the people, the members of law enforcement, the members of government, the citizens who were hurt, the citizens that had loved ones killed. This is what inspires me and makes me want to get up and work hard. There's pressure but that pressure makes me work harder."
'Patriots Day', which also stars Kevin Bacon and Michelle Monaghan, is slated to go on general release in the United States on January 13.
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