Mark Wahlberg says ‘Patriots Day’ can’t come out soon enough

“The wounds are far from healed, but I realized if the wrong type of person came in and made this, it could have turned out to be extremely gratuitous.”

(Standing, left to right) Kevin Bacon, Mark Wahlberg and John Goodman in the 2016 film PATRIOTS DAY, directed by Peter Berg.
(Standing, left to right) Kevin Bacon, Mark Wahlberg and John Goodman in the 2016 film PATRIOTS DAY, directed by Peter Berg. –Karen Ballard/CBS Films

Mark Wahlberg has previously said that he worried about “getting it right” while filming Patriots Day, the upcoming film centered around the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. But in a new interview with The Boston Globe, Wahlberg said he was happy with the final product and that, ultimately, he felt that the film wasn’t “too soon,” but rather “not soon enough.”

“The wounds are far from healed, but I realized if the wrong type of person came in and made this, it could have turned out to be extremely gratuitous,” Wahlberg told the Globe. “I knew a lot of the responsibility was going to be on my shoulders. But I pride myself on being able to go home and show my face, so I wanted to get it right, you know?”

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Patriots Day, which will have a red carpet premiere at the Wang Theatre on Wednesday before opening in several Boston theaters on December 21, stars Wahlberg as BPD Sergeant Tommy Saunders, a composite character who represents the officers who were present at the finish line during the 2013 explosions and helped hunt down Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Though Wahlberg said he understood that many people directly affected by the attacks would be hesitant to see Patriots Day, he stressed that the film’s message is one of hope.

“Look what’s happened since in Paris, in Brussels, in San Bernardino. People are dealing with this stuff all over the world,” he said. “What do we do? Do we live in fear or do we live our lives feeling like good will overpower evil? The message of this movie is love, and that’s hopeful.”

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