Mark Wahlberg was dressed as a police officer at the Boston marathon, according to the Washington Post. The Ted actor dressed as a cop to film scenes for his upcoming movie Patriots Day, which is centered around the 2013 marathon bombings.
— Catherine Carlock (@BosBizCatherine) April 18, 2016
The movie starring Mark Wahlberg is directed by Peter Berg and tells the story of the marathon bombings that took place in Boston in 2013, resulting in three deaths and leaving 264 people injured.
The Washington Post reported that in his recent interview with the Boston Globe, Mark Wahlberg said the film’s crew is under a great amount of pressure.
“There’s huge pressure to get this right, but we’re committed to doing that.”
The film’s crew, which includes director Berg, actors Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, J.K. Simmons, and many others, has already filmed scenes for Patriots Day in Dorchester, Weymouth, and Jamaica Plain over the past few weeks. The cast and crew are feeling the pressure to represent the Boston Marathon accurately out of respect for the victims and their families.
The filming of the scenes with Mark Wahlberg dressed as a cop took place early in the morning, so the actor didn’t get the opportunity to actually bring discipline to his native city.
Berg explained his decision to film scenes with Mark Wahlberg dressed as a cop on the streets of Boston by saying they are aspiring for “real authenticity,” which means the scenes have to be filmed in real locations.
“We will always ask and we will always be transparent with what our ask is. If there’s one person who’s uncomfortable, we’re more than happy to go elsewhere.”
— Kathyⓚ (@SongForKathy) April 18, 2016
Mark Wahlberg invited his fans to be part of Patriots Day, which is set to be released in Boston and New York on December 21 this year, before opening worldwide on January 13, 2017, according to the Boston Herald.
Patriots Day, which is produced by Mark Wahlberg, required several hundred extras to film a scene in Boston from April 25 through 27. Those extras, however, didn’t get paid, but they did get to eat a free lunch.
On top of a free lunch, extras had the chance to win prizes. But the biggest prize of all is that those extras had the opportunity to hang out with Mark Wahlberg, Monaghan, Simmons, Bacon, and other stars of the Boston marathon film.
Extras casting expert Cash Oshman said in an interview that it will be one of the biggest scenes in the upcoming movie.
“It’s a chance to be in a movie for a day and nobody will be disappointed in these scenes.”
— Be In A Movie (@BeInAMovie) April 24, 2016
Even though Oshman didn’t say what is the scene that requires several hundred extras, it was suspected that it would include scenes that occurred on the streets of Watertown after a large-scale manhunt.
Mark Wahlberg plays the role of Sgt. Tommy Saunders, a fictional composite character who will represent the actions of a few police officers that worked during the deadly marathon in 2013. Oshman also said that the upcoming movie starring Mark Wahlberg won’t concentrate on the terrorist bombing.
“They are looking to really talk about the heroism and how people stepped up to the plate after this thing happened.”
Oshman previously worked with Mark Wahlberg on Ted 2.
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