The Mark Wahlberg-starring Patriots Day, a movie currently in production telling the story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, has landed David Ortiz to re-enact his famous speech to the city of Boston. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ortiz will shoot a scene for the film this month.
Following the attacks, one of the biggest unifying moments for the city of Boston was when the beloved Boston Red Sox designated hitter grabbed a microphone at Fenway Park in mid-April and told the crowd “This is our f—ing city, and nobody is going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong.” The speech was inspirational and a defining moment of Boston’s collective resilience.
Getting Ortiz to sign on for the movie certainly adds a feel of realism and that seems to be what director Peter Berg is going for. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Berg is using real news footage from the bombings as B-roll during the bombing sequences. Still, no matter how real they try to make it, the project still feels like it’s coming too soon. Some Bostonians felt uneasy when production decided to film scenes during this year’s Boston Marathon and it’s hard to blame them. The attacks happened only three years ago. The incident is still fresh.
No matter how people feel about Patriots Day, it’s coming soon. The movie stars Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, J.K. Simmons and Michelle Monaghan and is due for wide release January 13, 2017.