Actor John Goodman and former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis talked about working together on Patriots Day, Mark Wahlberg’s new movie about the Boston Marathon bombing due out December 21, in an interview with CBS This Morning.
Talking about meeting and playing Davis in the movie, Goodman said he put a lot of pressure on himself to get it right, saying the job was a “tremendous undertaking” that came with a sense of responsibility.
“He’s got a personality I don’t, he knows everybody. He’s Mr. Boston,” Goodman said.
The actor added that his character shows up at a scene and “knows all the officers’ names, how their families are doing,” and commands respect. In order to play Davis, Goodman said he mainly reacted to the way people treated him, with some help from the man himself.
“If we needed little hints on scenes that were ongoing, I would call Commissioner Davis and he was more than willing to help,” Goodman said. “He wanted us to get it right.”
When asked about the day of the attack, Davis described the scene as a “war zone” and said there was a sense of urgency and anger among the officers who “felt they had been attacked.”
“The police officers who are out there are compassionate and really focused on putting things right, getting the community back together,” Davis said.
He added that another lesson we can learn from the city’s reaction is the Boston Strong response: “The terrorists have to understand that they’re trying to tear us apart but they’re actually making us stronger by doing this to us; it’s a failed strategy.”
Check out the full interview here.