Actor Stephen Merchant unexpectedly wound up at the Patriots parade

"I was in Chicago for the crazy polar vortex, and now I'm in Boston for the post-Super Bowl parade."

Stephen Merchant poses at the premiere of the film "Fighting With My Family" during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. –Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP

Stephen Merchant probably didn’t expect his press day in Boston to be so wild.

The actor, writer, and director best known for co-creating the original British version of “The Office” was at the Ritz-Carlton on Tuesday doing press interviews for his upcoming film “Fighting With My Family.” He wound up right along the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory parade route.

“I just follow the news cycle around on the ‘Fighting With My Family’ promo tour,” Merchant said in a video posted on Twitter. “I was in Chicago for the crazy polar vortex, and now I’m in Boston for the post-Super Bowl parade.”


The video was interrupted by a fan screaming “Go Patriots!” who then wrapped his arm around Merchant, who gave the camera a wry smile.

Merchant wrote and directed “Fighting with my Family,” based on the true story of WWE superstar Paige. The film stars Florence Pugh (“Lady Macbeth”), Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”), Nick Frost (“Shaun of the Dead”), and features Vince Vaughn (“Wedding Crashers”) and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. It hits theaters in Boston on Feb. 22.


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